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Autumn

Autumn is harvest season in Lebanon. The weather turns crisp and cool; there are fewer crowds; and the natural beauty of the hinterland turns over with fiery colors.

 

The fall foliage will give your tour of Lebanon’s historical treasures a rustic feel. Leisurely explore the country’s numerous ruins, artifacts and monuments. Go on a hike in our cedar forests. Take in a new culinary experience, sampling authentic Lebanese cuisine at any of our fine restaurants.

 

Don’t miss wine tasting at the vineyards in the Bekaa valley, the citrus harvest in the south, and apple picking in the north. Hire a local guide to take you on a trip along the ancient olive route to see how olives are harvested and their oil gets pressed. And be sure to purchase a decanter of pure Lebanese olive oil and some handmade olive oil soap.    

Things to do

Fattoush, Tabbouleh and Wild Thyme Salad

Fattoush is made with chopped lettuce—typically romaine—with cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and wild thyme leaves, dressed with pomegranate vinaigrette...

Toum

Toum is essentially a garlic aioli. It’s made with garlic crushed into a super-fine paste with salt into which a large volume of olive oil is added...

Meat and Fish

Shish taouk is made with cubes of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and grilled with skewers. The marinade varies from place to place, but the...

Gastronomy

Lebanese food is simply extraordinary. Between the sheer abundance and diversity of dishes of a traditional meal, Lebanese cuisine never fails to...

Sursock Museum

The Nicolas Sursock Museum is a contemporary art museum housed in an opulent 1912 Venetian Italianate Sursock family mansion on Sursock Street in...

Grand Omari Mosque (Saida)

Facing the northern tip of Sidon's harbor, the Omari Mosque is said to be one of the finest examples of Islamic religious architecture of the 13th...

Bekaa

Chateau Khoury

At  1,300 meters above sea level in the eastern foothills of Mount Lebanon, Chateau Khoury was established by Raymond and Brigitte El Khoury in...

Chateau Heritage

The history of Chateau Heritage goes back to 1888, when Jibran Elias Touma established one of the first wineries and distilleries in Lebanon.  ...

The Monastery of Our Lady of Najat

It has the largest bell tower in Lebanon. Built in 1720, the monastery is also known for its beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary, which was a gift from...

Our Lady of Zahle (Tower of Saydet Zahle)

Take an elevator to the top of the eastern Tower of Saydet Zahle and feast your eyes on tranquil vistas of the city and the Bekaa Valley beyond. A...

The Monastery of Saint Elias at-Towaq

This monastery dates back to 1755. It was renovated in 1880 after a fire. Today it stands as one of Zahle's most venerable monuments. 

Saydet Zalzali

Zahle's oldest church. Built in 1700, it originally stood at the center of the city. 

St. Elias Church

Built in 1720, it was Zahle’s second church. This impressive structure is also known as Al-Moukhallasiah, and is connected by an underground tunnel...

The Saraya (Serail)

The Old Serail, or municipality house, in the old part of town dates back to 1885. This beautiful historic building is a mix of European and Oriental...

Nabatieh

Beaufort Castle

On a hilltop overlooking the southern part of the Bekaa Valley stand the moss-covered remains of the Crusader Beaufort Castle. In Arabic, the...
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Beirut

Martyrs' Square

The very heart of Beirut. Originally called Burj Square and later named Place des Canons by the French Mandate, Martyrs’ Square takes its current...

Riad al-Solh Square

Known until 1950 as Sour Square (the wall's square) due to its proximity to the ancient city's walls, the square was renamed after the father of...

Samir Kassir Square

Situated across the street from Le Grey Hotel and designed by architect Vladimir Djurovic, Samir Kassir Square is a leafy, shaded refuge from the...

St. Maron Church (Beirut)

This roman-style church with variegated, Oriental stone arches was built in 1875. It is known for its arcades and quarried stones, and its beauty is...

St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Beirut’s oldest extant church, the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral is also one of the city’s most beautiful, and it’s well worth a visit.   The...

St. George Maronite Cathedral

A neoclassical cathedral built between 1888 and 1894, the interior of the St George Maronite Cathedral was inspired by the Santa Maria Maggiore...

St. Elias Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Neighboring Nejmeh Square, Saint Elias Cathedral is noted for the harmony of its Byzantine architecture and its beautiful Oriental decorations and...

St. Elias Greek Catholic Cathedral

The first Armenian Catholic cathedral in Beirut, construction of St Elias Cathedral began under the Armenian Catholic Archbishop in 1860 and is noted...

North Lebanon

Coteaux de Bortys

In the village of Eddeh, Coteaux de Botrys overlooks the city of Batroun and the sea and has been producing red wines and arak since 1998, and a 300-...

Clos du Phoenix

Clos du Phoenix is a family winery with six hectares in the small village of Eddeh, Batroun, where its grapes enjoy clay and limestone and the...

Chateau Sanctus Domaine Marmama

Ramez Aouad’s vineyards sit at 900 meters above sea level and the land has been in the family for a century. This boutique winery produces just 12,...

Horsh Ehden Reserve

Ehden Forest (Horsh Ehden) is located along the northern slopes of Mount Lebanon’s western range. This nature reserve protects many rare plants like...

Tannourine Cedar Forest Reserve

The cedar forest in Tannourine is one of Lebanon’s largest nature reserves. It is so dense that the interlocking trees therein cover most of the...

Batroun Mountains Winery & Vineyards

Batroun Mountains is an organic winery owned and operated by the Hark family, in the mountains of Batroun District across six towns at altitudes...

Aurora Winery

Located in the northern village of Rachkedde, Batroun, Aurora Winery is a family-owned boutique winery dedicated to handcrafted wines using...

Phoenician Wall

The ancient Phoenician sea wall was originally a natural structure composed of petrified sand dunes. It was reinforced gradually by the Phoenicians...

Mount Lebanon

The Two Defense Towers

Built by the Crusaders at the port of Byblos to protect its entrance, a chain was once strung between them as an additional defense measure. Today,...

The Fossils Museum

Located at the center of Byblos souk near the archeological site, this museum exhibits a collection of million-year-old fossilized fish, animals and...

The Crusader Castle

Built by the Crusaders in the 12th century over the remains of Roman structures, Byblos castle is an immense and formidable testament to the city’s...

Saydet an-Najat Church (Our Lady of Deliverance)

It was built during the 12th and 13th centuries over the remains of a Byzantine church. It is distinguished for its massive pillars.

Pépé Abed Museum

Local legend Youssef Abed started a double tourist venture in 1962 by opening his own museum adjacent to a seafood restaurant he owns called the...

Medieval City Wall

The old medieval part of Byblos is surrounded by a huge stone wall the Crusaders built at the beginning of the 12th century, which they braced with...

Mémoire Du Temps

This fossil exhibition presents pieces that are 100-million-years old. The collection was taken variously Haqil, Hgula and Ennamoura; three villages...

Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church (St. John Mark Church)

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church was initially dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist. A semi-circular cupola was later...

South Lebanon

Hammam el-Sheikh and Hammam al-Ward

Saida's public baths, reminiscent of Roman thermal baths, were used for hygiene and served for pleasure and as a social place. If you feel like...

Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Built in the 15th century (the cathedral of the Byzantine Antiochian archbishopric in Saida) the dome is the biggest in the city and its altar dates...

Qotaish Mosque

This mosque combines several Islamic architectural trends. Located about 100 meters to the south of Al-Qikhya mosque, it was built by Sheikh Ali...

Murex Hill

Murex Hill is an artificial hill about 100m high and 50m long, partially covered by a cemetery. This is Sidon's ancient garbage dump, largely formed...

Khan el-Franj

Just down the street from the souks of Saida, on the corniche, Khan el Franj (“Caravanserai of the French”), was built by Emir Fakhreddine in the...

Ancient Cemetery of Dekerman

South of Saida, the ancient cemetery known as Dekerman was used until this century. It is also an archaeological site, with an extensive collection...

Church of Saint Elias

The Maronite community built this church in 1610 on a piece of land donated by Jalal Eddine family. Today, it is used for other purposes. Its bell is...

Bahaa Eddine al-Hariri Mosque

Bahaa Eddine al-Hariri mosque is an imposing structure on the north side Saida and is clearly visible from the coastal road into the city. Of a...