Ask most Lebanese and they’ll describe their country as “A stretch of Paradise stuck between bad neighbors”. Home of the Phoenicians and with evidence of civilization over 7000 years old, Lebanon is a country that suffers from a bad image after years of civil war and political tension.

Located at the crossroads of different continents which helped shape its unique religious, political and ethnic diversity, Lebanon offers so much to experience in such a small territory. Explore the coast from the Phoenician city of Tyre to the Ottoman-influenced city of Tripoli. Visit one of the best preserved Roman temple ruins in Baalbeck or go wine-tasting in the Bekaa valley. Don’t forget to appreciate one of the richest cuisines in the Middle East before partying all night in the glitzy nightclubs of Beirut and Jounieh.

Continue reading below to understand why you should visit Lebanon right now.