Byblos Old Town, Byblos
One of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world is Byblos, Lebanon. Modern scholars state that it dates way back to 7,000 years ago and at the time, it was called "Gubla" and later "Gebal" while the coast in general was called "Canaan". We were given the name "Phoenicia" and the city's name was changed to "Byblos" after 1200 B.C. by the Greek.
This wonderful ancient city is still full of life 37km North of Beirut and is referred to as "Jbeil" in Arabic. Do not think twice about visiting Byblos because it is has every form of activity you can think of from restaurants to souvenir shops, hotels, bars, etc. Do not be deceived by the modern buildings and crowded streets because deep into the old town are excavated remains of the ancient city like the Crusader castle. If you wish to get a deeper understanding about Byblos and Lebanon's past, be sure to visit the Wax Museum near the Crusader Castle. Just 6km South of Byblos is Nahr Ibrahim. This valley of the ancient Adonis river is the wildest and most beautiful in Lebanon.
Byblos has risen as an upscale touristic focal point thanks to its ancient port, Phoenician, Roman and Crusader ruins, sandy beaches and the picturesque mountains that surround it. The city is known for its fine fish restaurants, open-air bars, and outdoor cafes. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were regular visitors to the cities and you can go on Yacht cruises into its harbor today, just as they did in the sixties and seventies.