First discovered in 1836, the Jeita Grotto is a network of tow interconnected karstic limestone caves in the Nahr al-Kalb valley in Jeita, 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 to the Lebanese people that it was put on an official stamp and has come to become a recognizable 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 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.