Step inside Jeita Grotto
First discovered in 1836, the Jeita Grotto is a network of two 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, as they contain a river, which provides the Lebanese people with their drinking water.
Every year 280,000 visitors 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 be a recognizable national symbol.
Exploring the caves
The caves are a hidden gem but many believe that they should be considered on par with other worldwide stars like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower. In fact, the grotto was a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of the World competition. Explore the lower cave by boat and 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 especially for visitors.
Spend the day
Around the attraction, there are lovely gardens to walk through, a train to ride, a zoo and many sculptures. You can enjoy a whole day here with the family and you can even stop for a coffee or meal in the café and restaurant.
After a day spent navigating the Jeita Grotto, head back to modern and stylish accommodation at 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.