At the crossroads of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Europe, Lebanon has an exceptionally rich archaeological heritage.

Baalbek These absolutely wonderful Roman ruins live long in the memory.

National Museum of Beirut The country's major archaeological museum is a must-see.

Tyre Extensive Roman-era ruins are a highlight of this southern city.

Byblos In the heart of town are the remnants of several millennia of settlement.

St George Crypt Museum Delve under Beirut to see the footprints of successive cultures.

Beiteddine Palace This palace's excellent collection of mosaics is a major drawcard.

Batroun The foundations of an ancient sea wall are still in good shape.

The Outdoors

Qadisha Valley Gorgeous hiking along a route dotted with ancient monasteries.

The Cedars Lebanon's best skiing is at this picturesque resort village.

Shouf Biosphere Reserve Get up close and personal with the emblematic cedars of Lebanon.

Lebanon Mountain Trail Hire a guide and walk some or all of this hilly route.

The Corniche Strolling Beirut's long waterfront is an essential activity in the capital.

Food & Drink

Tyre Chow down on fresh fish by the harbour where it was brought in.

Bekaa Valley Visit the region's wineries and stop off for a fabulous rural lunch.

Tripoli Wander the souq, grazing on authentic street food as you go.

Batroun Sip the famous lemonade and check out a great craft brewery.

Mar Mikhaël See what's being mixed in the pumping Beirut cocktail scene.

Chouf Mountains Make a day of it, exploring the area's wineries and rural restaurants.

Saida Investigate the smells and tastes of the traditional shops in the souq.

Historic Buildings

Beiteddine Palace Enjoy the sumptuous interiors of this major attraction.

Byblos Take in the sea views from the top of the Crusader castle.

Tripoli Below the imposing citadel, the old town is a treasure trove of historic khans, souqs and mosques.

Deir Al Qamar The handsome old buildings around the centre of this village are a delight.

Saida Bask in the ruins of the Sea Castle, surrounded by the Med's clear waters.

Beirut The parts of Downtown that survived the civil war are dotted with venerable mosques and churches.

Qadisha Valley Hike between the venerable monasteries of this charming gorge.