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Baalbek Ruins, Back in time.


Baalbek, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved. Baalbek is located on two main historic trade routes, one between the Mediterranean coast and the Syrian interior and the other between northern Syria and northern Palestine. Today the city, 85 kilometers from Beirut, is an important administrative and economic center in the northern Beqaa valley.

Buses to Baalbek from Beirut leave the Cola intersection frequently and cost LL6,000 (4$).
The buses are not marked and are usually of capacity for 8-10 people.
They usually drop people off at a stop around 2 km away from the attraction.

There are taxis from there driving to the site for LL 3,000 (2$).

During the summer season daily tours are available from Beirut to Baalbek from most major hotels; each tour guide has its own cost and can vary from 50$ to 100$.

What you can eat

In the other hand, do not forget to eat once you arrive, I would recommend you walk a few minutes into the small street and find a small shop selling chicken shawarma for around 1.65$ and falafel sandwiches 1.50$ and cold drinks. Great value and its good idea to have something to eat before you head inside to visit the ruins. Also, every summer there is outdoor shesha bars, they also serve drinks dessert dinner lunch breakfast. You can eat also the famous Safiha Baalbakya, 1 Kilogram costing around 20$.  In addition to oriental pastries are offered by Patisserie Jawhari, there you can find traditional sweet food from Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. The most famous sweet selled is called " Namoura bel Ashta" which stands for Namoura with Cream. This cream is extracted from fresh boiling milk. More pastries are found including the famous Knefe and Beqlawa.


Temple of Bachus (Lebanon) is a World Heritage site and one of the oldest in the world. Visiting this place is no short than traveling back in time!
Trip Overview
  • Trip profile
  • Budget Required
    USD 20-30
  • Type
    Chill, Cultural/Historical
  • Available Activities
    Hiking, Parkour, Biking, Sightseeing
  • Time to Arrive (from Beirut)
    2 hours
  • Adventure Duration
    3 hours
  • Difficulty (for a non-athlete)
  • How to Arrive

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