Bekaa Valley
Bekaa Valley
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VinnieLondon
London, UK12,800 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The valley is around 1.5 hours drive from Beirut on the main Damascus highway ..which can take longer depending on time of day, security checkpoints and accidents…pick your time ..Friday afternoons very busy people leaving Beirut for weekend. This is the garden of Lebanon with lots of arable farming and vineyards. Beautiful scenery ..a long valley with hills on either side dotted with château’s for lunch stops and tastings. Great green region away from the busy Beirut. Definitely worth a trip out of Beirut.
Written 3 October 2022
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Connoisseur-of-Life
Mississauga, Canada1,356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Solo
Despite the travel warnings from various embassies, I booked a one day custom tour and felt perfectly safe visiting the incredible sites in the valley. Honestly, the most dangerous part of the journey was the chaotic and anarchistic drivers on the roads. You will observe iconic fast food outlets and generally experience a very normal environment. I would not think twice about repeating that trip.
Written 13 August 2016
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Delta Charlie.
Clogheen, Ireland1,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
One can only but feel privileged to have had the opportunity of visiting this hallowed spot in one's lifetime and lucky too! It is arguably one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the Middle East and historically is immersed in the diverse legacies of many ancient civilizations including the Romans and the Phoenicians. The Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek surely ranks as one of the greatest archaeological sites on our planet.
The ruins in Anjar on the outskirts of Hermel are much more recent and date merely to the 8th century A.D. and stand as a unique architectural  example of the Umyyad period.
The valley is also the setting for some of the most famous wine stories from the Bible and the tomb of Noah is believed to be located close to Zahle. The historic winery of Ksara merits a visit, as does Kafraya and the red roofed city of Zahle is famed for it's cuisine and allows one to go native and sample some Labneh sandwiches, Foul and Arak. Arak like Guinness is somewhat of an acquired taste quite similar to the French Pastis and Turkish Raki. As Khalil Gibran said "If Lebanon wasn't my country, I would have chosen it to be my country".
Written 3 September 2016
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Julio Jeha
Belo Horizonte, MG138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The fertile Bekaa Valley offers great food and excellent wine produced locally. Fruits are unequaled. Greek-Roman temples in Baalbek and Ummayad ruins in Anjar, among others, attest to the importance this region once had. Today, the explosive political situation in the Middle East has all but killed tourism.
Written 13 May 2015
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eddierakoubian
bikfaya337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
I think the Bekaa valley equal venues to offer to the coastline. First: its the Roman ruins at Baalbek. Supposedly, Cleopatra had "milk baths" there! Hmm. It is big, impressively preserved, and specially cool when international musicians perform under its walls.

Next: kefraya winery provides you with thd best wines of Lebanon, all kinds. Its caverns are open, and nearby Zahle city os a good place for some riverside cafes and famous arabian ice creams (rose and ashta ) are local specialties.

Finally theres the town of Anjar. Its located next to a natural large spring, and offers large spring-side eastern restaurants and hotels. Anjar is an Armenian area, so dont be surprised if you find their cyidine and alphabet there.

The vslley also contains large dairy factories, one run by Monks(Taanayel), the old town of Rachaya, and some old hiking routes going from Zahle over the mountains to Faraya.
Written 29 July 2013
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Mitri.nada
Beirut, Lebanon71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
it is the longest valley in Lebanon where you have magnificent view of the two lebanese mountain chains the Eastern and the Western and in the middle you have the valley , it is an agricultural zone, one of its northern hills is the black angle" KORNET EL SAWDA "which is about 3080m above sea level and where people do hike (but you have to be careful with the altitude) . It is rich in winery the most important ones are Ksara and Kefraya, Massaya and also in Arak (a local alcohol made of anis , grapes and alcohol) which is very strong so for those who drink it for the first time go slowly !
The valley is rich also with water we have many natural spring waters the famoust one is Sannine,and the famoust rivers there are the Litani which extends to the south and the Assi.
on the West Bekaa you can find a nice camping site for family made of bungalows that you can rent per day per week or per season and they have also a restaurant in the compound
Written 10 May 2012
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loraine240254
Morpeth, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a lot larger than we thought and very muchworth seeing, however we visited in January and it was very very cold, so a little advice if not going in Summer take warm clothing including scarves and gloves. Saying that would not have missed it.
Written 29 January 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
There were several factors: 1) more agricultural 2) not as deep so better pictures 3) stayed in it 4) the presence of fabled Baalbek 5) more towns to observe local life and 6) the presence of two World Heritage Sites (Anjar and Baalbek). Its history is very old and its modern troubles evident with the presence of many soldiers and checkpoints. You see Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps, Lebanon in harsh reality a dumping ground for the problems of others. Warnings about the area aside, the security level takes away any worries. Soak up the area and sip some of the fine wine grown here.
Written 17 May 2019
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Joey T
Raleigh, NC35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
The bekka valley is incredible, with many must-see sights but this review is about a hidden gem in the bekka, Chalet Du Lac, cliffside restaurant overlooking lake qaraun and the views are truly breathtaking. The food is wonderful as well, but you don't have to go there for food you can just buy an Italian Gelatto and enjoy the views. Area has indoor and outdoor seating, including covered outdoor seating. The restaurant is never busy, you have almost the whole thing to yourself when there. Not sure how to get there exactly, (our guide took us there) a quick google search will provide the answer though. A definite must-see in Lebanon and the bekka valley
Written 12 August 2019
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