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Bekaa Valley

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Bekaa Valley

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loraine240254 wrote a review Jan 2020
Morpeth, United Kingdom53 contributions21 helpful votes
It was a lot larger than we thought and very muchworth seeing, however we visited in January and it was very very cold, so a little advice if not going in Summer take warm clothing including scarves and gloves. Saying that would not have missed it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Joey T wrote a review Aug 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina35 contributions2 helpful votes
The bekka valley is incredible, with many must-see sights but this review is about a hidden gem in the bekka, Chalet Du Lac, cliffside restaurant overlooking lake qaraun and the views are truly breathtaking. The food is wonderful as well, but you don't have to go there for food you can just buy an Italian Gelatto and enjoy the views. Area has indoor and outdoor seating, including covered outdoor seating. The restaurant is never busy, you have almost the whole thing to yourself when there. Not sure how to get there exactly, (our guide took us there) a quick google search will provide the answer though. A definite must-see in Lebanon and the bekka valley
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Terrance M wrote a review May 2019
Hamilton, Canada3,012 contributions314 helpful votes
There were several factors: 1) more agricultural 2) not as deep so better pictures 3) stayed in it 4) the presence of fabled Baalbek 5) more towns to observe local life and 6) the presence of two World Heritage Sites (Anjar and Baalbek). Its history is very old and its modern troubles evident with the presence of many soldiers and checkpoints. You see Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps, Lebanon in harsh reality a dumping ground for the problems of others. Warnings about the area aside, the security level takes away any worries. Soak up the area and sip some of the fine wine grown here.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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DCHPORTVENDRES wrote a review Sep 2016
Clogheen, Ireland1,279 contributions437 helpful votes
One can only but feel privileged to have had the opportunity of visiting this hallowed spot in one's lifetime and lucky too! It is arguably one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in the Middle East and historically is immersed in the diverse legacies of many ancient civilizations including the Romans and the Phoenicians. The Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek surely ranks as one of the greatest archaeological sites on our planet. The ruins in Anjar on the outskirts of Hermel are much more recent and date merely to the 8th century A.D. and stand as a unique architectural  example of the Umyyad period. The valley is also the setting for some of the most famous wine stories from the Bible and the tomb of Noah is believed to be located close to Zahle. The historic winery of Ksara merits a visit, as does Kafraya and the red roofed city of Zahle is famed for it's cuisine and allows one to go native and sample some Labneh sandwiches, Foul and Arak. Arak like Guinness is somewhat of an acquired taste quite similar to the French Pastis and Turkish Raki. As Khalil Gibran said "If Lebanon wasn't my country, I would have chosen it to be my country".
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Date of experience: November 2015
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Connoisseur-of-Life wrote a review Aug 2016
Mississauga, Canada1,371 contributions342 helpful votes
Despite the travel warnings from various embassies, I booked a one day custom tour and felt perfectly safe visiting the incredible sites in the valley. Honestly, the most dangerous part of the journey was the chaotic and anarchistic drivers on the roads. You will observe iconic fast food outlets and generally experience a very normal environment. I would not think twice about repeating that trip.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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