6 Days in Lebanon – Part 3

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.

The Al-Tell Clock Tower
Tripoli needs revamp! In the other hand, Mercedez still country favorite, including in here
Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles
Citadel of Raymond De Saint-Gilles
Military present is obvious. Tripoli has recently experienced a sectarian clash (Sunni - Shiah), few weeks before our arrival. Green domes seen here is Grand Mosque
Lost to souq!
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.
Qadisha Valley, near Ehden
Maison Gibran - the birthhouse of Khalil Gibran
Road to Cedars Forest from Bscharre
Cedars Forest
In front of one of the olderst Cedars tree
During winter, The Cedars is a ski resort destination. This road leads out into the wilds of the Bekaa Valley and eventually on to Baalbek. From roughly Dec to Aprol, the road is closed due to snow
Leaving Bscharre through southern route

Jeita. From Wikipedia: ” a compound two separate but interconnected karstic limestone caves 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.

Jeita Grotto - parking and ticket area
Jeita Grotto - Upper (Source: Wikipedia)
Jeita Grotto - Lower (Source: Discover Lebanon - use without permission 🙂 )
Lower Grotto Entrance