Lebanon has always been a special country. Despite the recent years of war, Lebanon's long history, natural beauty and spirit of its people give it a place in he hearts of all whom have been there. With its legendary hospitality, natural and touristic sites and its delicious food, it is indeed a unique place to visit.
Lebanon is located at the meeting point of three continents, and over the centuries, Lebanon has been the crossroads of many civilizations whose traces may still be seen today. Its countryside is a place of rocks, cedar trees and magnificent ruins that look down from the mountains to the sea.
It's Arabic name "Lubnan" means white; the color of the mountains. In winter the high peeks are covered with snow and in summer there line stone slopes glimmer white in the distance.
Two rocky ranges traverse Lebanon parallel to the sea coast, separated by the high plateau of the Beqaa valley. On the coast are five famous towns known to every archaeologist: Berythus (Beirut), Byblos, Sidon, Tripoli and Tyre; the names of Ancient Phoenicia.
There is always something entertaining to do in Lebanon. Traditional dances such as Dabbke are popular in villages and they perpetuate costumes of the distant past. Both in nightclubs and at private parties and celebrations, oriental or "Belly Dancing" is always a great attraction. Known for its nightlife, Lebanon capital is still the place to go for excellent nightclubs, discotheques and cabarets.
Lebanon is one of the few winter sports centers in the Middle East and certainly the most extensive. This land which enjoys 300 shining days every year, offers, at a short distance from coast, some of the best snow covered playgrounds for smooth or rough playing slopes. The season begins in late November and continues until late April and sometimes longer in Cedars area in a winter landscape unique in the world.