Boating Is Part Of Lebanon's History
Lebanon is known as the land of the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians are known as the inventors of the first ships. By substitution, one can loosely say that Lebanon has played a major role in the history of boating and maritime travel. This is mainly due to Lebanon’s location on the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean sea.
In the time when the Phoenicians populated the land which we now call Lebanon, there was an abundance of Cedar trees. This Cedar wood was used to build heavy-duty ships which were the first ships to ever have been built and set sail. From then on, the Lebanese coast became a spot of great trade and business. Ports and harbors were built and that’s how many civilizations came and went through the Phoenician lands. These ports are still present today, located in Byblos, Tyre, and Sidon.
Dating back 7000 years, Byblos is the oldest Phoenician harbor. In Phoenician times, it was the main location for trade and communication between neighboring civilizations, especially the Egyptians. Book your hotel in Byblos!
Of course, if we look back in history, boating was not really a form of leisure and recreation, but more a means of transportation, business, trade, and livelihood. Because Lebanon’s shore is still a major sea hub, it is no wonder that, nowadays, Lebanese people and tourists alike enjoy recreational boating and sailing in the Lebanese waters.