Day 4. We were heading north to Tripoli, then to Bscharre and Cedars Forest. On the way back to Beirut we stopped by at Jeita Grotto.
Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon, yet it is demure and humble, or forgotten? Highlights here include Citadel, Grand Mosque, Souk, and old cities.
Actually there were a lot to cover in Tripoli, but we decided to skip them, owing to traffic, parking problems and limited time. We then drove out of Tripoli to go to Bscharre, via Amioun. Arrived at Tourza we have options to go via northern route (Ehden) or southern road. Southern road is faster but northern road has unparralleled view. We chose north for going to Bscharre and south for driving back to Beirut.
Jeita. From Wikipedia: ” a compound two separate but interconnected karsticlimestonecaves spanning an overall length of nearly 9 kilometres (5.6 mi). The caves are situated in the Nahr al-Kalb valley within the locality of Jeita, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Though inhabited in prehistoric times, the lower cave was not rediscovered until 1836 by Reverend William Thomson; it can only be visited by boat since it channels an underground river that provides fresh drinking water to more than a million Lebanese.
A complete visit to Jeita will consist of transfer to Upper Grotto by cable car, Upper Grotto, transfer to Lower Grotto by land train, or walk down passing sculpture garden, Lower Grotto, boat tour in Lower Grotto. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited inside Grotto.