Located in the fertile Beqaa valley amid the Anti-Lebanon mountains and along a prosperous trade route between Beirut and Damascus, Anjar made a perfect summer retreat for the ruling dynasty. Disrepair and earthquakes eventually took their toll on the city which was once protected by walls over 6 feet thick and filled with over 600 shops. The once bustling town of Anjar was left unexplored until its eventual excavation in 1949.
Today visitors can amble past the partially restored walls of the main palace and gaze at Umayyad graffiti which dates to 741 AD. Wandering the grounds of the sprawling 1.2 million square ft. compound can take a couple of hours, and a bevy of Lebanese and Armenian restaurants are situated around the city grounds. Although there are no accommodation options readily available in Anjar, lodging can be found in the nearby town of Chtaura, or, for those making a day trip from Beirut, a host of tour operators depart directly from the city.
Review by Earl of L, April 2013
Doing what: Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
We absolutely adored our tour. All thanks to Mushka, our amazing tour guide. I am going to use this company again!
been to 30 countries,best tour and a5 star lunch/ dinner
Thoroughly enjoyable and sites were programmed well in the day. Very informative and excellent guide.