Camping is a fast-growing recreational activity in Lebanon, with many already-existing and simply spectacular sites, and new ones continually emerging. Campers can set up their tents on cliffs overlooking the sea north of Jbeil (Byblos), and walk down from their site to the sea to swim, fish, and snorkel. Alternatively, campers can retire in the Adonis Valley, home of Greek myth legends Adonis and Aphrodite, or check out Pinea Campus in Jezzine.
Lebanon has numerous campsites and eco-lodges with fully-supported facilities catering to groups and families. These include platform tents or bungalow-style lodging, meals, and organized recreational activities such as hikes and mountain bike rides.
If you’re looking for a more remote nature experience, backcountry camping is allowed on any public land that is not part of a Nature Reserve or protected area. It is, however, advised that you ask for the local authority’s approval or mayoral permission beforehand. In these areas, camping is often part of an organized, guided excursion led by one of the country’s many eco-tour operators. Camping for many tourists serves as a springboard for planning daytrips to nearby towns and historic sites, for hikes in surrounding natural areas, or simply as a quiet respite from the bustle of busy city life.