Located at the crossroads of continents — which helped shape its unique religious, political, and ethnic diversity — Lebanon offers so much to experience in such a small territory. With evidence of civilization going back 7,000 years, 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.

If Lebanon isn’t on your list, it should be. And the below will tell you why.