Day 3. Now, we were driving out of Beirut to north-east Lebanon, Bekaa Valley area. Bekaa Valley is a high plateau between Mount Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon Mountain. Today, the area is still Lebanon’s most important farming region.
First, Baalbek. Located about 85km north-east of Beirut, Baalbek is famous for its magnificent temple and as headquarters for Hezboullah.
We also visited the largest hewn stone in the world, just few hundred meters from the temple complex. Look at the size in compare to my body size 🙂
Before heading to Zahle, we drove around city of Baalbek.
Zahle is the capital of Beqaa Governorate of Lebanon. All of its inhabitans are Christians from many sects (Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox).
After a brief lunch stop in Zahle, we continued to Ksara to visit Lebanon’s most famous vineyard Chateau Ksara.
Anjar is our next destination. From Ksara, Anjar can be accessed through inter-country road that connect Lebanon to Damascus of Syria. Instead of going this way, we used a smaller road that connect Ksara to northern Anjar. The road is one-line double carriageway passing through vineyard, rural villages, and several military checkpoints. On the way back, however, we used normal primary road.
With that, we completed our visit to Beqaa Valley. On the way back to Beirut, we (to be precise, I) decided to detour to Beiteddine via Barouk.
That was a long day. Back to Beirut, we took a bit longer evening rest before strolling Hamra nearby. It was almost 10 PM yet Hamra still bustling. People flocked coffee shop at roadsides, while to-be-seen young Beirutis dressed to kill.