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Jeita Grotto, Jitta

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Cave Geologic Formation
Fantastic rock formations and stalactites grow underground in Jeita Grotto, a set of natural underground caves visitors can explore on foot and by boat. Formed over thousands of years of dissolution of the limestone layer, the caves were discovered in the late 19th century. Evidence of prehistoric, early Bronze Age use permeates the site, which includes a lower chamber filled with a naturally occurring lake which visitors traverse on small guided rowboats, and an upper dry chamber linked by walkways. Photography isn't permitted within the grottos, but you can stash your cameras and backpacks in the lockers available near the entrance. Put Jeita Grotto into our Jitta vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Breathtaking limestone cave with amazing agglomerations of stalagmites and stalactites. Highly recommended if you are visiting Lebanon.  more »
  • The Jeita Grotto is just wonderful. You go up to the top level with chairlift. You can't take pictures inside the cave. There is a walkway that you visit a large part of the cave that has estalaquitites and estalaquimites, wonderful to see. Is an incomparable beauty. Ride safe and very interesting. The lower level is done with a boat on the river that runs inside the cave. Very beautiful. Go do this tour while on a trip to Lebanon.
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  • This is the most awesome cave. I have visited many caves is Europe and the United States and I haven't seen anything that comes even close. Both the upper and lower galleries are stunning. Only negative is that pictures are not allowed.
  • 5 stars for the geology. 3 stars for the facilities. They have a very small store to buy souvenirs. And a small shack that sells cokes and ice cream bars. There was a movie that was supposed to explain the geologic history of the area in a tiny theater. However the shows are only once an hour. 1 hour in Arabic. The next in French. Then next in English.
  • ABSOLUTELY breathtaking views in the grotto and caves, could not believe my eyes to see something like this that nature has created. I wish I could have taken pictures but they have banned all pictures and cameras while going on tours. Jeita Grotto is definitely a place you must visit while exploring Lebanon. It is worth every single minute!
  • A must visit. Absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful and magnificent in every sense. Definitely one of the great wonders of the world.
  • You will enjoy the magnificent cave sceneries while being transported on a mini boat. You will a great time exploring seeing unique shapes and sculptures, and having lunch or dinner nearby.

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Where to stay in Jitta

Visitors to Jeita don't stay in town after seeing the grottoes. Some may head back to their seaside accommodations in Jounieh, the city located just north of Jeita. However, many more will be returning to their hotels in the capital, Beirut. With a wealth of guesthouses, hostels, hotels, and resorts, Beirut has the greatest variety of places to stay in the country, and lies just a 45-minute drive from Jeita.
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