Description: With over 5,000 years of history, Tyre is a historian and archaeologist's delight. Although there are remnants of Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Greek, Byzantine, Arab, and Ottoman civilizations in the city, it is the Roman ruins that are most prominent in Tyre today. Highlights include the largest Roman hippodrome in the world, an enormous triumphal arch, and an extensive Roman necropolis.
Located in southern Lebanon, the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve comprises some of the best preserved sandy coastline in Lebanon. Recognized as a “wetlands of international importance” by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the reserve’s artesian wells are the source of the fresh water. The wells date back to Phoenician times – a period in which the city of Tyre was one of the most important city states along the Phoenician coast. Besides the many species of plants and marsh birds that flourish in this delicate environment, the reserve is a nesting site for the endangered Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. Visitors will enjoy exploring this coastal reserve on foot, by bicycle, or with snorkels and diving equipment.