Developed city with a charming old town part. Walk through its smaller central streets and witness a unique blend.
Cypriot seafarers, Phoenician traders, Assyrian warriors, Egyptian priests, crusaders and mamelukes - all made the history of the East, their will, passion, aspiration and deeds imprinted in the stones you can touch. Ancient Lebanon: Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, Beqaa Valley with Baalbek temples, Kadisha Valley with Cedars of God. Alexandria – the Centre of Hellenism. The very names feel one’s soul with awe. But the East does not only live on memories. The bazaars are as colorful as they used to be in those old times.
14th-century structure built over the remains of a Byzantine castle.
The Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles is one of the biggest fortresses in Lebanon. Explore any of the nine ancient alleys with craftsmen shops. Walk around Tal, the district of intricate architecture.
Byblos, just outside Beirut, is one of the oldest of all Phoenician cities and has been continuously inhabited since 5000 BC. Baalbek in Beqaa Valley, is best known for the Roman temple of Bacchus. And don’t forget the old city markets with all kinds of clothing, jewelry, furniture, and lamps.
Apart from the Sea Castle built by Crusaders, Sidon features the Debbane’ Palace Museum, home to some of the finest artifacts in the Middle East. Oriental Sweets of Sidon are made using age old family recipes that have passed down over generations and are embedded in the culture.
Northern gate of the Suez Canal. The Canal Authority building amuses visitors with pastel colors. Historic Housing District is a fine mix, and even the train station is a massive work of art.
Established by Alexander the Great in around 332 BC on the site of a small village. Montazah palace was once the summer home of the Egyptian royal family and now houses a museum in their honor. Built to a Turkish and Italian architectural design, it stands in some of the prettiest gardens in Alexandria. Qaitbay Citadel was built in the 15th century on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.