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

Our Lady of Lebanon - Harissa

A huge, 15-ton bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, known as Our Lady of Lebanon or Notre Dame du Liban/Harissa, with her arms outstretched adorns the...

Teleferique Jounieh

You’ll see the yellow cable cars of the teleferique overhead when you drive north from Beirut. Operating since 1965, the teleferique takes passengers...

Jounieh

Between Beirut and Byblos is the coastal town of Jounieh, which has a spectacular bay with mountains rising just behind it.   Jounieh is known for...

Ghabet Bolonia (Bois de Boulogne)

A hauntingly beautiful forest in the heart of Mount Lebanon, Bois de Boulogne is so named because it reminded the French of their own forest of the...

Saoufar

Saoufar is a stunningly beautiful town in Aley District, Mount Lebanon on the Beirut-Damascus highway, with a main street arcaded in rows of sycamore...

Chateau Isaac

Chateau Isaac is a boutique winery with vineyards in Deir al-Ahmar,  northern Bekaa, and vinification and bottling in Torzaya. It’s in a relatively...

Iris Domain

Iris Domain is named after the endangered Sofarana Iris, which is endemic to the Lebanese highlands. The estate vineyards range between 1,000 and 1,...

Domaine Mar Chaaya

Located in Brummana, Metn, Mar Chaaya Monastery is home to the Antonin Maronite Order, which was founded in 1700 by Maronite Patriarch Gabriel...