First discovered in 1836, the Jeita Grotto is a network of tow interconnected karstic limestone caves in the Nahr al-Kalb valley in Keita, just a short 11 mile trip from Beirut.
The caves date back to prehistoric times but still perform an important function: they contain a river which provides the Lebanese people with their drinking water. Every year 280,000 tourists flock here to appreciate the natural rock formations. The Jeita Grotto is so significant t to the Lebanese people that it was put on an official stamp and has come to become a recognisable national symbol.
Getting to the Jeita Grotto could not be easier from the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut. The hotel offers a convenient car rental service from the lobby and a pick-up and drop-off service to and from the hotel. Alternatively, local air-conditioned taxis wait right outside the hotel 24 hours day to charter guests around the city and beyond.
Exploring the caves at Jeita Grotto
Jeita Grotto is something of a hidden gem, but many believe that it should be considered on par with other worldwide stars like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower. In fact, it was a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of the World competition.
Visitors can explore the lower cave by boat and will be shown a fascinating film about the caves and their long history. The upper cave can be accessed on foot through a series of safe walkways which were built for visitors. Explorers can even stop for a coffee in the café and restaurant.
Staying at the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut
After a day spent navigating the Jeita Grotto, guests will appreciate the modern comforts back at their hotel. From a swimming pool and fitness centre to upscale rooms which have been tastefully decorated and well-stocked, everything has been done to make sure guests enjoy their stay.