The tourism industry in Lebanon has been historically important to the local economy and remains to this day to be a major source of revenue for Lebanon. Before the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut was widely regarded as "The Paris of the Middle East," often cited as a financial and business hub where visitors could experience the Levantine Mediterranean culture, cuisine, history,archaeology, and architecture of Lebanon.
Lebanon's diverse atmosphere and ancient history make it an important destination which is slowly rebuilding itself after continued turmoil. Lebanon offers plenty: from ancient Roman ruins, to well preserved castles, limestone caves, historic Churches andMosques, beautiful beaches nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, world-renowned Lebanese cuisine, nonstop nightlife and discothèques, to mountainous ski resorts.

Cultural Tourism

Lebanon is one of the richest cultural countries, as it combines a number of Eastern and Western monuments, human settlements that date back to the Stone Age, to cities and mini-states Phoenician, and Romania temples to rituals carved in the mountains, and Crusader castles to the mosques Mamluk and public baths Ottoman. In doing so, some say that Lebanon is "a mosaic combining western and eastern world" and "Encyclopedia of the civilizations of the ancient world of modern and old."
The history of cultural tourism is very old in Lebanon, where many of the Orientalists, scholars and poets of European countries has visited it for their interest in culture and customs Lebanese East.

Tourism of Archaeology

The history of archeology in Lebanon is very old. Many archaeological sites in Lebanon have been detected during the past epochs till today. Some of them have been restored after being damaged during the civil war.


The three main museums: Beirut National Museum, Gibran Museum, and Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut. Other major museums: Ameen Rihani Museum, M. Farroukh Museum, Museum and Library of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, Baalbek Museum, Dahesh Museum of Art, Lebanese Heritage Museum, Robert Mouawad Private Museum Lebanon, Byblos Fossil Museum, Byblos Wax Museum, Memory of Time Museum, and Sidon Soap Museum.

World heritage sites

Anjar, Baalbeck, Byblos, Qadisha Valley and Cedars Forest, and Tyre.