The city of Jbeil, also know as Byblos, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The city traces back to the Neolithic period around 5000BC and it was in the city of Jbeil where the Phoenicians invented the first alphabet; and used its harbor for trade.
Throughout the years, let’s say centuries, Jbeil has not lost its reputation, thousands of people flocking to Lebanon yearly, marking Jbeil as their number one place to visit and experience.
A thriving modern town with an ancient heart, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition. The old harbor is sheltered from the sea by a rocky headland. Nearby are the excavated remains of the ancient city, the Crusader castle and church and the old market area.
For a real taste of Byblos, stroll through the streets and byways. This part of town is a collection of old walls (some medieval) overlapping properties and intriguing
half-ruins. Don’t hesitate to explore. Should you happen to intrude on someone’s property the hospitable townspeople will be pleased to show you around.
The area of excavations is surrounded by a wall with the entrance at the Crusader castle. To get a good view of this large, somewhat complex site, either climb to
the top of castle or walk around the periphery from outside the wall to identify the major monuments.
After visiting the archeological site, a quick and entertaining introduction to Lebanon’s past can be found at the Wax Museum near the castle. The wax figures illustrate scenes from the history and rural life of the country. There is a modest entrance fee.
With its many restaurants, snack bars, souvenir shops and hotels, Byblos is well prepared to welcome tourists.