Mount Lebanon

The Western range of the Lebanon mountains constitutes the spine of the country. They are snowcapped for much of the year—which is whence Lebanon derives its name, from the Semitic root ibn, the modern laban, which means “white.”
 The same root has been translated into laban, which means “white” and is what yoghurt is referred to in Lebanon, as well as lebneh, which is similar to crème fraiche.

 


For a long time, inhabitants of the coastal cities and areas have been accustomed to avoiding the heat and humidity of summer by traveling into the Mount Lebanon range where it remains cooler and dry throughout the season.



Mount Lebanon is a beautiful and varied area. Visitors will find breathtaking landscapes, picturesque traditional villages, and places of worship from all religious communities in Lebanon. The region is also awash with resplendent summer and winter resorts and boasts fantastic restaurants, each with its own subtle twist on the classic traditional cuisine.

 

 

The appeal of many summer resorts began to broaden some 50 years ago with the inclusion of many winter sports and activities. Ever since, the snow-covered slopes of some of the higher peaks have been home to first-rate ski resorts that host a variety of winter sports for amateur and professional enthusiasts alike.

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Things to do

Hammana

Hammana, in Baabda District, Mount Lebanon, is yet another prized summer resort, at an altitude of 1100 to 1250 meters above sea level and just 25...

Brummana

The town of Brummana, located in the Metn District of Mount Lebanon, is a major summer destination for visitors and locals alike. Built in the...

Bhamdoun

Bhamdoun is on the Beirut-Damascus highway located about 1,100 meters above the Lamartine valley, above Aley, and it one of the most distinguished...

Bekfaya

One of the Metn District's most popular summer resorts, Bekfaya provides respite from the summer heat with its cool summer climate and the Naas...

Beit Mery

Beit Mery, an ancient town in the Metn District of Mount Lebanon, is one of Lebanon’s main summer resorts and is also known for its international...

Baabda

The town of Baabda, overlooking Beirut from hills, is the seat of government in Mount Lebanon Governorate, and home to the presidential palace.   The...

St. Michael Winery

A boutique winery in the village of Maasser al-Chouf, in the foothills of Mount Lebanon, St. Michael’s makes a wide variety of wines and other...

Nabise Winery

In Mazraat Yashouh, Mount Lebanon, owner Nazih Metni works a 300-year-old vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah,...