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*<do name="Tour Byblos on a Segway" alt="" address="" directions="Main entrance" phone="+961 76 142052" url="http://www.byblossegway.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tour the alleyways of Byblos with a local on a Segway. Fun and quick way to see the main sites to visit and places you might not discover on your own.</do>
 
  
  

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Byblos بيبلوس, also known by its Arabic name of Jbeil جبَيل, is an ancient phoenician city located about 35 Kilometers (23 miles) north of the capital Beirut in modern day Lebanon. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Understand

Byblos is a true microcosm of the civilizations that have populated Lebanon over the centuries. Believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, the modern port city of Byblos is built upon multiple layers of ruins, dating back to as early as the Stone Age and extending to the more recent Ottoman days. A visit to Byblos is a chance to walk through the annals of Lebanese history and experience firsthand the diverse cultures that have made this area a mosaic of civilizations. Byblos is not simply a picturesque seaside town, but has a history that has been closely tied to the Mediterranean for millennia

Get in

If you are coming from the north or from Beirut, you can easily take a taxi or bus to Byblos. Remember that Byblos is the historical name and many Lebanese refer to the city as Jbeil.

Get around

Jbeil is a small city so getting around should not be a problem for tourists. You can find many taxis and buses in Jbeil and you can contact the Byblos taxi company at 009619949494 24h/24h 7 days a week.

Do

  • The Crusader Castle. 12th century castle and enviros. A must-see in Byblos 6000 LL.
  • Kings Tomb.
  • Tower Temple.
  • NE Gate.
  • St John Church.
  • The old souk Churches.
  • Museum of wax.
  • byblos old souk and port.
  • Edde sands sea resort.


Buy

The old city of Byblos shelters a souk (market in Arabic) extremely popular for its souvenirs and antiques.

  • Tower Temple.

Jbeil is also home to many supermarkets and stores and you can find everything from clothes to electronics to home appliances...

Eat

Byblos is home to many restaurants and cafes. You can find lebanese food (ksar, kbouch l tout, locanda, ...), chinese food ( chopsticks...), international food ( flobby diner, rif grill, big jockey, chase...) and fast food restaurants like pizza hut and McDonald. Byblos Old port is also home to many restaurants that mainly serve sea food from which you can have a great-panoramic sea view. The old souk in jbeil also contains many great side-way cafes and restaurants with a great view and a romantic atmosphere.

Byblos Fishing Club. This restaurant is located on the Mediterranean Sea. It's the perfect place to have a great lunch or romantic dinner. Decorating the walls are pictures of many international personalities that have visited the restaurant, including Brigitte Bardot, Jaques Chirac, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Fraga Iribarne.

While this restaurant is written up in many travel guides, it is long past its prime. Be warned that the food is only average, and very, very expensive. If ordering the fresh fish, make sure you ask how much is costs upfront.

e.This restaurant is located in the old souk area. They have both a French and Italian Menu. They serve excellent Lebanese wines, and the Italian food is authentic and tasty.

  • Flobby Diner, jbeil's crossroads voie 13, 09/944-977. International cuisine + bar

Drink

Jbeil is a top destination for club and party lovers and its renowned for its open air bars and clubs. These pubs and bars provide music, drinks and great atmosphere, they are mainly located in the old souk. I assure you, jbeil old souk at night is an experience you'll never be able to forget especially if you are there on a weekend night. Prices mainly range from 10$ to 30$. And you can always go have a free walk among these side by side pubs.

Sleep

To the North of Byblos Harbour, overlooking the beach there is a great hotel called Hotel Ahiram. Walking distance to everything. Plenty of hotels all over the city.

Get out

If you want to travel to any other part of Lebanon , contact any taxi/bus driver and he'll know how to take you there. If you're travelling outside Lebanon , get a taxi to the airport in beirut ( Rafic Hariri International Airport) and book your tickets there.

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