A thriving modern town with an ancient heart, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition. The old harbor is sheltered from the sea by a rocky headland. Nearby are the excavated remains of the ancient city, the Crusader castle and church and the old market area.
For a real taste of Byblos, stroll through the streets and byways. This part of town is a collection of old walls (some medieval) overlapping properties and intriguing half-ruins. Don't hesitate to explore. Should you happen to intrude on someone's property the hospitable townspeople will be pleased to show you around.
The area of excavations is surrounded by a wall with the entrance at the Crusader castle. To get a good view of this large, somewhat complex site, either climb to the top of castle or walk around the periphery from outside the wall to identify the major monuments.
After visiting the archeological site, a quick and entertaining introduction to Lebanon's past can be found at the Wax Museum near the castle. The wax figures illustrate scenes from the history and rural life of the country. There is a modest entrance fee.
With its many restaurants, snack bars, souvenir shops and hotels, Byblos is well prepared to welcome tourists.
The Canari de Byblos is a centrally located hotel offering comfortable accommodation and great views of the sea. The hotel has 50 spacious guest rooms, most of which have a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Each room also offers a range of amenities including LCD televisions and satellite channels.
50% discount on your stay at Canari de Byblos
There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of the Canari de Byblos. Other attractions including the old city, the Phoenician Castle of Byblos, the ancient port and the beach are also easily accessible. Beirut city centre is approximately a 35-minute drive away.