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About Lebanon

Lebanon's diverse patchwork of Mediterranean-lapped coast, rugged alpine peaks, and green fertile valleys is packed into a parcel of land some 225km long and 46km wide –
an area approximately the size of Cyprus or Connecticut. An ancient land, Lebanon features in the writings of Homer and in the Old Testament.
Its cities were major outposts and seaports in Phoenician and Roman times, just two of the great civilizations that touched this important Middle Eastern crossroads.

The cosmopolitan flair of modern-day Beirut, the gastronomic renown of the country's food and wine, and an educated and outward-looking population
complement a country that is both traditional and progressive in outlook. For all the flavors of its storied past and rugged natural beauty,
Lebanon is a well-kept tourist secret that begs exploration.

There are four main geographic regions in Lebanon, differentiated by topography and climate.
From west to east, they include: the coastal plain, the Mount Lebanon Range, the Békaa Valley, and the Anti-Lebanon Range.


The Anti-Lebanon Range is a stretch of arid mountains that rise to the east of the Békaa Valley
and form part of the country's eastern border with Syria.

The Békaa Valley, known in ancient times as “the breadbasket” or “granary” of the Roman Empire,
is still the country's main agricultural region. Located on a high plateau between the country's two mountain ranges,
the river-fed Békaa supports the production of tomatoes, potatoes, wheat, olives, and grapes, even despite summers that are hot and dry.

Besides some of Lebanon's best wineries (Ksara, Kefraya, Massaya), the Békaa's major attraction is the ruins at Baalbek.
Originating as a place of worship to Baal, the Phoenician Sun God, Baalbek was known in Greco-Roman times
as the famous Heliopolis, or “City of the Sun.” Perhaps because of the region's agricultural importance
in feeding the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, some of the largest Roman temples ever constructed were erected at this site.
The construction lasted over 200 years, and the well-preserved temples honor Jupiter, Bacchus, and Venus.

The lovely Lebanese coast is framed by the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Mount Lebanon Range to the east,
its temperate climate bringing in sunny, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The daytime temperature in the summer,
which averages 30°C (86°F), encourages people to head to the beach or to the higher, altitude-cooled mountain slopes.
In the coastal cities of Saida (Sidon) and Jbail (Byblos), tourists can enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel amongst long-submerged Phoenician ruins,
while excellent hiking is a mere hour away in the Chouf region of the Mount Lebanon Range.

The Mount Lebanon Range includes numerous rivers that fizz with snowmelt, steep-walled gullies that shade grottoes once the hideout to those fleeing persecution,
and also Lebanon's highest summit, Qornet Es-Saouda (3,090m). In winter, the high peaks are blanketed with snow, lending Lebanon its name,Lubnan,

 the Arabic word for “white.” Lebanon boasts a number of world-class ski resorts, one of only a couple countries in the Middle East where you can ski.
The ski season runs from December until April.

The Mount Lebanon Range is also the location of Lebanon's Cedar Reserves. The great cedar forests of Lebanon, now protected,
are famous for their use in the construction of some of the holiest buildings in the region, indeed the world, including Jerusalem's
Dome of the Rock and Solomon's Temple.

To visit Lebanon is to dispel preconceived notions that linger from a relatively short moment in a long, vivid, and fascinating history:
drink in the energetic, urbane vibe of revitalized Beirut; explore a diverse and beautiful landscape that lends itself easily to an unforgettable
(and largely untrammeled) multi-sport adventure; marvel at archaeological wonders that are windows into the cradle of civilization;
and simply enjoy the welcome of a people who are naturally hospitable, friendly, and gregarious.

Lebanese Partnership in ONMEST2




A great Reportage done for the valley of ilige in Mayfouq village casa of byblos one of the famous CLC s in Lebanon. .... Enjoy part 1- https://youtu be/x7SpGn8uRPo
Front Desk

Front Desk

Tourism in Lebanon

With practically the end of summer and the early beginnings of autumn, Centers of Local Cultures (CLC), Tour Operators (TO), and all tourism based businesses are running up and down trying to accommodate to the shift in seasons and tourism spans. As this action is observed every year throughout every season, we can’t but stop for a bit to take a historical overview of tourism in our beloved Lebanon.

Lebanese business men and women look at the concept of tourism as a huge industry worth millions. From beach resorts to ski slopes, Lebanese tourism has been important to the local economy. In history, Lebanon is known as the “land of milk and honey”, it is the land of many resources which explains the passage of numerous civilizations through its land. With this said, Lebanon has gained so much from different cultures such as history, archaeology, architecture, and cuisine which has attracted visitors from around the globe. Tourists come to Lebanon to witness the maze of culture from ancient Roman ruins, to well preserved castles, limestone caves, historic Churches and Mosques, beautiful beaches nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, world-renowned Lebanese cuisine, nonstop nightlife and discothèques, to mountainous ski resorts.

Turmoil has stood in the way of tourism for many years, especially with the beginning of the Arab Spring. In the face of many security and safety issues, the number of tourists has declined since the end of 2010-early 2011 period where international tourist arrivals was 2,001,811 tourists according to the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon. Today, TOs and CLCs are trying to find new and innovative destinations in Lebanon and even renew historical places to attract tourists.
Mustafa WB

Mustafa WB

Le 02 decembre 2016
Tina Noon

Tina Noon

very nice website , i am a member and i can post on onmest
Claude torbey

Claude torbey



today another school joined our network the sagesse brasilia , we had a presentation about onmest and the network we are building . we will organize a big ceremony and the administration will invite all students and their parents and local authorities in mid october.
Mustafa WB

Mustafa WB