The South of Lebanon should definitely be on the things to do in Lebanon list: The city Saida (or: Sidon) is only 45 kilometers to the South of Beirut. It’s the business and administrative center of the South and a laid-back port city that doesn’t only have a beautiful water castle (Crusador Sea Castle), but also the unique Debbane Palace. Further South, the chmoun temple complex with its statue called “Our Lady of Mantara” in Maghdoucheh attracts various tourists.
Those who travel to the South will see beach clubs offering the best view of surf waves. The best place for surfing in Lebanon is in Jiyyeh. Another place worth seeing in Lebanon is the city of Jezzine in the Niha mountain, the Hezbollah museum Mleeta, the old town of Hasbaya, Tyre and a small Shiite town called Qana. Note: a special permission must be obtained for a visit to the border area of Palestine and Israel.