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“a MUST to go” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Temples of Baalbek

Temples of Baalbek
Baalbeck, Lebanon
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Baalbeck
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“a MUST to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

if you are in Lebanon - you HAVE TO go there. First we thought that Baalbek is like Akropolis in Athen. But NO - it is BETTER. It is so awsome and spectacular. Go there and you will fall into love. You are so close to all the temples - I haven't been so close on other places.

Visited November 2012
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“February 2013 trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We went in Feb 2013 and were unsure what to expect given the proximity to the Syrian border and UK Government advice not to go anywhere in the Beqaa Valley. In fact, the trip from Beirut to Baalbek (we went via an overnight stop in Zahle) was fine. Once in Baalbek the town was busy and well set up for tourism and the atmosphere was welcoming.
The Temples themselves are fantastic and really worth the trip, they were the best preserved Roman ruins we have ever seen and the Temples get about 5 - 6 visitors a day so being able to walk around completely on our own was brilliant. We paid 5,000 LBP each to get in and 35,000LBP for a guide who was excellent.
We would definitely recommend and the locals are desperate to receive tourists. We didn't stay in town but Beirut is only 1.5 hours away and Zahle is even closer. Worth a trip even in Winter!

Visited February 2013
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“Unmissable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Visited Feb 2013.

When visiting a place like Baalbeck you must consider the logistics. How will you get here? What time will you arrive and when will you leave?

We stayed in Beirut and drove to all our destinations. Beirut is close enough to form your base in and there is no need to book hotels elsewhere unless you had a good reason.

We went in Feb - Winter in Lebanon. You have limited hours of sunlight so depending on when you decide to go make sure you have plenty of time. The drive there is a good reason to think ahead. In the summer this isnt an issue.

How? We drove ourselves. Let me tell you this from a completely honest view - do NOT drive in Lebanon if you can avoid it. I have driven in a few countries where road rules mean little but Lebanon has put me off from ever attempting this again. The drive is anywhere between 2 and 3 hours from Beirut (traffic leaving Beirut) and the road is not great. You will drive through Bakaa valley - we saw snow as we drove over and were blinded by extreme fog which reduced our visibility to a few metres- tough when other drivers arent bothered and still cut you off on mountain edges. We then faced a downpour and had to slow even further. On the way back we faced snow and were stuck in a traffic jam pretty much the whole bekka valley way for 3 hours. Worst of all is the road to Baalbeck - the valley road has so many pot holes and driving at any speeds over 40km'h is guarantee of serious damage. We drove right into one (did I mention street lights dont function?) and had our tyre puncture. The wheel rim had twisted. Spent an hour changing it in the rain in the dark.

My advice? take the bus from beirut. they are so cheap and you are guaranteed a quick arrival as the drivers are experienced and know how to get around corners fast (just close your eyes). Once you are done seeing the Roman Temples you walk back into town and you will see lots of taxi's willing to drive you back. Always confirm price before sitting in the taxi.

On to the actual attraction - if you want to really enjoy and understand every single spot of the temple get a tour guide. They are well fluent in english and french and can be had for $20. We chose not too as I enjoy exploring on my own.

The Roman temples are absolutely amazing and might require 2-3 hours if you want to really take in all the views. Dont turn away from a corner as you will find there are lots of hidden spaces to be found. I am quite fascinated by Muslim/Crusader history and at the north end of the temple you will see the Mamluk fortifications - amazing adaptation of an ancient solid structure being used strategically to defend a city.

If you are traveling with children please be aware of the dangers. There are hardly any safety barriers, rocks are plenty obviously and no child be left unsupervised as there are some very high falls.

Visited February 2013
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This site I would say was a highlight for me - the site itself is incredible and the views with the mountains makes it even more majestic. When we visited, there were maybe 4 other people in the whole site so we basically had it to ourselves which was pretty cool. Highly recommend a visit to this site!

Visited February 2013
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“Majestic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

beautiful.old & full of history & grandeur.it is similar to the Foro Romano in Italy but the vendors outside the temples keep bugging u with their goods but still it is worth the visit.

Visited February 2013
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