With a history spanning over three millennia, Tripoli has begun to blossom into a destination for adventurous urban travellers. Known for its elegant Mamluk architecture and its delectable desserts, this coastal city offers architectural, culinary and aquatic experiences galore.
Things to do
Don’t miss Tripoli’s renowned landmark, the Citadel of Raymond de Saint Gilles, built in the early-12th century. Here you’ll be impressed with the sheer size and delicate preservation of this historic landmark.
The Khan Al-Khayyatin is a must-see even if you aren’t a shopper. You’ll feel as though you’re stepping back in time in this bright, airy market full of traditional Lebanese clothing. While you’re in the neighbourhood, visit the colourful public baths at the Izzeddeen Hammam.
If you prefer natural bathing, head south of the main city of Tripoli to find an array of nearby beaches. Many are part of resort hotels, but the nearby Tahet el Rih beach is public, free, and almost Greek in appearance.
Adventurous visitors in search of a pristine natural setting should head to the Palm Islands Nature Reserve, home to local wildlife including seals and turtles. Palm (or Rabbit) Island, the largest of the three islands comprising the reserve, offers beautiful beaches.
Tripoli doesn’t have an airport of its own, so most visitors will find it’s easiest to fly into Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport and take a bus or taxi to Tripoli. You can expect the ride to take just under two hours by bus, and less if you hire a private taxi.