South, Lebanon

South

City in Lebanon

South of Beirut encompasses the towns of Sidon (Saida), Tyre (Sour), as well as the Chouf Mountains. Formerly a popular venue for invasions by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Mamluks, these days it is more popular for day trips from Beirut, especially for its sweets and soap. With a Unesco World heritage listing for its Roman ruins, the town of Tyre is famed for its beaches being less polluted than elsewhere in the country, and to the southeast of Beirut, the Chouf Mountains, scattered with small villages, are the southernmost group of the Mt Lebanon range.