Geography has been the determining factor which has influenced
the history of Lebanon’s port cities since the dawn of Time. The
narrow and irregular coastal strip of Lebanon is cut up by
rivets, deep river gorges and steep ravines. The early
inhabitants of this land known in ancient times as Canaanites,
later as Phoenicians, found themselves hemmed in between the
Mediterranean and the mountains of Lebanon which rise abruptly
from the sea. These particular geographical conditions,
thousands of years ago, led to the establishment of a series of
independent city-states on rocky headlands jutting out to sea.
Each city-state was separated from the other by insurmountable
natural barriers so in order to communicate the inhabitants
turned to the sea. With an unlimited supply of coniferous wood
covering the mountains behind them, they built sea-faring ships
and skirting the coastline, sailed from city to city to trade.
Today , Tripoli is a prosperous business and touristic center
with many new hotels built inside and on the outskirts of the
city. There is a lot of touristic attractions and quality
recreation centers . Tripoli is also very famous for its
oriental sweets and food, the taste of sweets can not be found
anywhere else. Not to forget the many gift items that are mainly
hand made like soap,copper articles etc...