Top 10 Budget-friendly Things to do in North Governorate, Lebanon

November 13, 2021 Layne Dawes

North Governorate (Arabic: الشمال‎, Aš Šamāl) is one of the governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Tripoli.
Restaurants in North Governorate

1. Qadisha Valley

6 Km From Becharre, Bcharre Lebanon
Excellent
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Qadisha Valley

This holy gorge is filled with ancient monasteries and hermitages carved into its cliffs.

Reviewed By halcatra - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

It is a great place to visit in Lebanon. It shows that the country does not consist of only archeological sites but has also great mountains. There are a lot of walking paths, churches and convents of all the religions in the country, picnic spots - a lot to do and see. If you are in Lebanon for a couple of days, it is definitely a must.

2. The Great Mosque

Tripoli Lebanon
Excellent
46%
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37%
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

The Great Mosque

Reviewed By halcatra - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

It is one of not many mosques which is easy to visit by no Muslims. It is a beautiful building, makes great impression and is a great place to learn more about Muslim culture. As in any mosque, remember to remove your shoes before entering, there are shelves next to the door. Wear modest clothes covering knees, elbows, etc. Women need to cover hair as well. There was a gentleman who for a small fee was renting headscarves. I definitely recommend visiting the place, religion is important part of local culture.

3. The Clock Tower

Tripoli Lebanon
Excellent
42%
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45%
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

The Clock Tower

4. Taynal Mosque

Tripoli Lebanon
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Taynal Mosque

Reviewed By Myles_Kenton - Jounieh, Lebanon

The mosque is best visited with a guide. It is a moving place to see, especially as it is a dynamic, living place of worship. The simplicity and the architecture made be glad to have had the opportunity to visit it several times. I recommend seeing this place and other with someone who loves Tripoli and who is able to bring the city and its attractions to lfe.

5. Khan Al-Khayyatin

Tripoli Lebanon http://Hallab.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Khan Al-Khayyatin

Reviewed By halcatra - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tripoli has definitely the best souks in Lebanon. A lot of traditional products to buy with a really good prices! One of the main products which was produced and sold here in the past were soaps, very nice one made of olive, with amazing scents.

6. The Cedars of God

Bcharre Lebanon +961 6 671 068 [email protected] http://website.bcharri.net/places/lebanon/north-lebanon/bcharri/attractions/cedars-of-god/?lang=en
Excellent
65%
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26%
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4.5 based on 229 reviews

The Cedars of God

An ancient grove of cedars, the oldest in Lebanon, makes a beautiful site.

Reviewed By halcatra - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

It is one of five Unesco sites in Lebanon. The Cedars have couple of thousands of years - they are really impressive! In the summer season you can walk around the forest. In winter there is far too much snow and you can see them from outside. It is a shame though it does not change the fact they are still impressively beautiful! There are a lot of souvenir shops around. Some shop assistants are very pushy and it's better to avoid them, but there are some calm and friendly ones as well. You can get nice things with a very good price. We bought magnets for 1 dollar each from an elderly ill gentleman - he was super charming!

7. Gibran Museum

Bcharre Lebanon +961 6 671 137 http://leb.net/mira/
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Gibran Museum

Reviewed By MartinO0o7 - Granada, Spain

The museum consists of various sketches and paintings of Khalil Gibran. We can also find here some objects that belonged to him, and some of his letters. Definitely the best moment of the visit is when you can sit in the crypt where the greatest Lebanese poet is buried. Do it with one of his books in your hand... after a while you will understand better his epitaph "I am alive like you / and I now stand beside you / close your eyes and look / around you you will see me / in front of you". NB No photography nor filming is allowed inside the museum.

8. Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

Ehden Lebanon http://www.wildlebanon.org/en/pages/sit/ehden.html
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

9. Deir Mar Elisha

Qadisha Valley, Bcharre Lebanon
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73%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Deir Mar Elisha

Reviewed By 37carinef - Beirut, Lebanon

At the very beginning of the qadisha valley it is one of two monastery accessible by car (the other one is deir st antonios qoshaya) it’s one of the ancient monastery built in the rocks and between the mountains. It’s also special because of the st vierge chaplets that appeared on the rocks. It has sheltered Christian monastic communities for many centuries. And it has welcomed several priests who chosed to escape their lives for prayers amd lived their entire life in it. And very lately “abouna yacoub” who was able to do miracles while still alive. ( you can visit his tomb and the cave where he was living)

10. Deir Qozhaya

Qadisha Valley, Bcharre Lebanon
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Deir Qozhaya

Reviewed By gyanfernando - Exeter, United Kingdom

Set in a deep valley this monastery is more or less carved into the rock face. There is a functional church which is partly a cave and there is also a museum with an old printing press once used for printing Syriac or Aramaic A nice lady by the name of Natalie will greet you in reception. Once the formalities are over you take a lift to the accommodation. (They do have a lift!) The rooms are nice as are the bathrooms. Being January, the rooms were well heated. Downstairs was the restaurant which served very good meals plus you could buy your own wine from the shop. If you are religious you can attend the services in the church. If not, the monks won't bother you. When I got up in the morning and walked out for a smoke, the staff served me a Lebanese coffee! The views are stunning and it is all very quiet! Great place! .

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