Tourism in Lebanon was widely regarded as “The Paris of the Middle East” or also “The Pearl of the Middle East” and has been historically important to the local economy and remains to this day to be a major source of revenue for Lebanon.
Winter Sports and Leisure
Due to the close geographical location of the mountain peaks from the Mediterranean sea and the unique winter experience that visitors have, Lebanese winter sports include Alpine skiing and Cross Country in addition to paragliding, snowmobiling, and hiking, many resorts open the winter tourism season in:
- The Cedars, 1850–3087 m above sea level and 120 km from Beirut.
- Laqlouq, 1750-2200m above sea level and 60 km from Beirut.
- Faqra-Kfardebian, 1800–2400 m above sea level and 45 km from Beirut.
- Mzaar-Kfardebian, 1850–2500 m above sea level and 45 km from Beirut.
- Qanat Bakiche, 1900 m above sea level and 60 km from Beirut.
- Zaarour, 1700–2000 m above sea level and 40 km from Beirut.