A modern and prosperous city, based on multiple layers of ruins, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition. A competitor for the title of “the oldest continually inhabited city”, Byblos is part of the coastal area that was formerly known as Canaan or Phenicia. The Modern scholars believe that the city of Byblos was founded at least 7000 years ago (5,000-4,000 BC). The current name of the city comes from the Greek word “papyrus” (paper). Byblos was not only a big trading center and producer of papyrus, but it is also famous for being the city where Phoenician scholars created the first alphabet in the world. The range of ruins consists of huts from the Stone Age, a Roman Theater, a Persian Fortress and an impressive Crusader Castle. Stroll through the medieval quarter of the city and explore the ancient souks (markets), ramparts, and several beautiful old churches. The small harbor was once a prosperous shopping center used to ship cedar wood around the region in ancient times. Visit the wax museum and fossils museum to discover the political and natural history of the region. An International Music Festival is held in Byblos every summer. After visiting this charming city, we drive to Jisr El Hajar: an impressive natural limestone bridge, located on the outskirts of Faqra and about 3km from Faraya. The bridge is 34 meters long and 15 meters high, and crosses the Nahr Al Laban river. Although it is so well carved it seems to have been made by man, it has actually been carved by wind and water over the centuries. Cross the surrounding mountains to reach Beirut for the night.