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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.


Byblos is a true microcosm of the civilizations that have populated Lebanon over the centuries. Arguably 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. There is a free shuttle service between the old souk and the port, it is electric cars and they run whenever you get in. 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.


  • 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.
  • Jbeil Othoman mosque, near Jbeil souq towards old port.

  • Boat trips, At the old port. Go on a trip in one of the many converted fishing boats. There will be drinks, loud music and swimming from the boat
tour boat


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...

the old souk


Byblos is has many restaurants and cafes, including Lebanese, Chinese food and fast food restaurants such as 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.

Eating here is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in Lebanon. The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderful-especially in Summer-and compared to many other restaurants in the area it is very affordable.

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
  • Locanda a la granda, Old Souk, Pepe Abed Street (Facing Castle Main Gate), +961 9 944 333, [1]. 12pm-1am. An International fusion-cuisine restaurant, rated the "Best restaurant in Town" by the New York Times. It sports two outdoor terraces with an amazing view of the city's historical ramparts and is located right at the end of the famous Old Souk. 20-30USD/pers. (34.120758,35.645828)


Jbeil has some open air bars and clubs. These pubs and bars provide music, drinks and great atmosphere, they are mainly located in the old souk. Prices mainly range from 10$ to 30$. And you can always go have a free walk among these side by side pubs.


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.

  • Hotel Canari de Byblos, Voie 13, Highway Exit, Byblos, Lebanon (Facing Al-Amir), +961 9 550 550, [2]. A new boutique hotel in the heart of modern Byblos constructed in 2008, it has been featured in the New York Times as a "better option" to stay at in Byblos. Only 5 walking minutes away from the old city, it features rooms that overlook the whole city and the Mediterranean Sea. 100-300USD. (34.124195,35.653392)
  • Byblos Fishing Club Huts, Steps to St. John's Church, near the old harbor (walk or taxi to the old harbor and look for Byblos Fishing Club restaurant.), 009619540213. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12pm. Traditional fisherman's huts for rent in the heart of old Byblos. Beautifully renovated rooms of different sizes. All come with a/c, tv and private sitting area. Call or check out the facebook page for more info. $60-$100.


  • Byblos Sur Mer, Sea Road (right at the old port), 961-9/54 80 00 (), [3]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. Boutique hotel right at the old port. Close to the cruisaders castle and the old souk. Access to private beach. All rooms have a balcony with amazing view over the sea. Free WiFi USD 260.

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.

Byblos city Guide

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