North Lebanon

In Northern Lebanon, each season has its own private charm. The fresh summer breeze and clear autumn sky imbue this dramatically mountainous area with a quiet beauty. Our winter visitors are in for a special treat as our snow-covered northern mountains open for skiing and other winter sports.


If you are visiting Lebanon at the beginning of spring, be sure to travel to North Lebanon before the snow completely melts and the flora is in first bloom. You will enjoy the sweet perfume of budding almond trees, and the breathtaking sight of vast cyclamen and red poppy fields. The soft babbling sounds of fresh-water brooks, the lush mountain fields of clover, and the rich array of produce, including Lebanon’s famous mountain tomatoes, will set your senses buzzing.

 

Northern Lebanon includes the districts of Akkar, Tripoli, Zgharta, Bcharrey, Koura and Batroun. These areas are easily accessible from Beirut or Tripoli. However, if you are keen on taking a mountain trip, consider lodging in our first-class country clubs in Ehden, Tannourine, Douma, Bcharre or Sir ed-Danniyeh, which grant easy access to many natural wonders and regional attractions.

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Things to do

Smar Jbeil

Located on a coastal hill in the northern district of Batroun, Smar Jbeil is one of the oldest villages in Lebanon, and was a Maronite refuge during...

Roman Temple of Bziza

In the northern village of Bziza (85 km from Beirut) lies a well-preserved 2d-century Roman temple with three of its frontal columns still standing...

Mosques and Madrassas in Tripoli

Tripoli is a living museum, with madrassas, mosques, hammams and souks scattered across the old city, and no visit would be complete without stopping...

Madrassa al-Qadiriya

Near the Ezzeddin hammam, on one of Tripoli’s narrowest streets, stands the Al-Qadiriyah Madrassa, built in 1471. It is the second largest madrassa...

Sidi Abdel Wahed Mosque

One of the oldest religious monuments in Tripoli, located to the east of Souq al-Attarine (the perfumers market) in the Al-Mahatirah neighborhood,...

Madrassa al-Saqraqiyah

The Al-Saqraqiyah Madrassa is in the Al-Haddadin neighborhood and is the best preserved madrassa in Tripoli. Built in 1359, the mausoleum of its...

Takiyya Mawlawiya

Built circa 1619 by an Ottoman governor, the Takkiya al-Mawlawiyya of Tripoli is the largest of the seven takkiya (old Sufi hospices) outside Turkey...

Al-Tahham Mosque

Al-Tahham Mosque stands on top of a souk in the Al-Haddadine neighborhood, and is accessed by a staircase. The date of its foundation and its builder...