Less than 20km from Beirut, Jeita Grotto is one of the most accessible natural wonders in Lebanon. This cave system was originally discovered in 1836 when an American missionary fired a shot into what he thought was a much shallower cave but actually discovered a larger network. The first section to open up to the public was the lower part in 1958, and today you can take a ride on a boat with one of the friendly rowers who will point out the weird and wonderful shapes that the incredible rock system has made over millions of years.
The upper cave was opened in 1969 and in here visitors can walk along a 700-metre pathway to enjoy the cathedral-like surroundings. Here you’ll find the one of the largest stalactites in the world at 8.2 metres in length, as well as magnificent curtains of rock and unimaginable views right down into the depths of the chamber. The grotto makes a spectacular few hours for all kinds of travellers, and children in particular will love discovering this gem.