One of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, Byblos is a rare gem among archeological sites. Excavations show that it dates back to the 6th millennium BC. Its ancient inhabitants did not call it Byblos, but rather "Gubla" and later "Gebal." Around 1200 BC, the Greeks gave the city the name Byblos, which is Greek for "Papyrus," since it was famous for its papyrus trade.
Winner of the Golden Apple award for excellence in tourism in 2014, Byblos (Jbeil in Arabic) is today a very charming city distinguished for its gorgeous ancient harbor, seaside fish restaurants, ancient souks, and charming residential neighborhoods, which date back to the Middle Ages, as well as an absolutely enormous wealth of historic sites and ruins.
Byblos was chosen as the Arab capital of tourism for the year 2016 by the Arab Council of Tourism.
The city is 37 kilometers (23 miles) north of Beirut and can easily be reached by busses that depart from Cola, in Beirut. Two roads will take you there; either the Beirut Tripoli highway, or the old coastal road, which is closer to the shore. The bus may take either one, depending on traffic, and, naturally, if you go by car, the choice is yours.