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Summer

Lebanese summers promise unique experiences and unforgettable memories for visiting tourists. With sun, fun, mountain retreats and cultural festivals, Lebanon’s summer season has something in store for everyone.

 

The months June to September are perfect for lounging at the beach, mountain getaways, music concerts and festivals. Clear skies and warm temperatures along the coast lure locals and tourists alike to the Mediterranean's lukewarm waters. Besides sun bathing, Lebanese summers give visitors the opportunity to take in some history at a plethora of archeological sites.

 

For art, dance, and music enthusiasts, several festivals are held throughout the summer, featuring both local and international performers. The largest of these are held at historic and archeological sites like Beiteddine, which serve as breathtaking backdrops for grand performances. The Baalbek Festival is hosted on the site of spectacular Roman temples; the Beiteddine Festival is held at a 200-year-old palace in the Chouf mountains; and the Byblos Festival takes place at the docks of one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. And there are always several smaller scale events taking place in various cities and villages across the country, such as Beirut’s version of the Festival of Color this July.

Downtown Beirut and Biel also provide many outdoor activities such as biking and hot air ballooning over the coast…

Things to do

Ehdeniyat International Festival

Ehden, known among locals as “The Garden of Eden,” has been putting together a town festival called Ehdeniyat every summer since 2004. It has...

Byblos International Festival

Since 2003, the Byblos International Festival has been showcasing artists from around the world in spectacular portside performances on a makeshift...

Beiteddine Art Festival

Celebrating 30 years of cultural variety and ingenuity, the Beiteddine Art Festival presents not-to-be-missed international art exhibits and musical...

Beirut Holidays Festival

Beirut Holidays is a series of summer concerts and shows held in Beirut Souks. Launched in 2012, the festival brings together diverse musical...

Batroun International Festival

The coastal city of Batroun has been hosting its own summer international music and cultural festival since 2009. It has had the honor of showcasing...

Baalbek International Festival

Inaugurated in 1956 by then-President Camille Chamoun, the Baalbek International Festival is Lebanon and the Middle East’s oldest and most prominent...

Ouyoun al-Samak Lake

Located just southwest of the village of Safinet el-Qaytaah, between the districts of Denniyeh and Akkar, the mountainous area of Ouyoun al-Samak is...

Nahr al-Kalb "The Dog's River"

Nahr al-Kalb is a river that springs from a source near Jeita Grotto and runs down to the Mediterranean Sea. Army generals and conquerors of the past...

Bekaa

Ra's al-Ayn Mosque

Known as “Masjid el-Hussein,” this mosque was built in 681 AD on the ruins of an ancient Phoenician temple, the stones of which were appropriated for...

Domaine Wardy

A multi-award-winning winery in Zahle, Domaine Wardy is one of Lebanon’s largest and most prominent wine producers. The Wardy family bought the...

Domaine de Baal

Growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc on roughly eight hectares at 1,200 meters above sea level...

Domaine Cortbawi

At 1,000 meters above sea level, in Jdita, Toufic Cortbawi et Fils has been operating as a family business since 1887 and manages some of the oldest...

Clos St. Thomas

Said Touma’s family has a century of experience with alcohol, and his delightful, award-winning wines are aged in caves dug 30 meters down into the...

Chateau Qanafar

What began as owner George Naim’s hobby on a rocky plateau in the forested mountain above the town of Khirbet Qanafar is now a family-owned...

Chateau Nakad

The Nakad winery is a family business originally founded in 1923 by Joseph Nakad in Jdita, West Bekaa. With noble grapes including Cabernet, Syrah,...

Chateau Marsyas

Marsyas is the ancient name of the Bekaa Valley. The Saadé family chose a patch of uncultivated land here at 900 meters over sea level in 2004 and...

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

Planet Discovery

Planet Discovery is a children's museum in Souk Ayyas in Beirut Souks. The museum is home to a variety of exhibitions on science and technology and...

Rafik Hariri Memorial Garden

The "Rafik Hariri Memorial Garden" is a public space in the Saint George Bay neighborhood facing the InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut Hotel. The...

AUB Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum at American University of Beirut exhibits an unprecedented collection of specimens of plants and animals from Lebanon and...

USJ Prehistoric Museum

With more than 500 prehistoric items carefully catalogued by Jesuit scholars since the 19th century, the Saint Joseph University prehistory museum...

Beirut Souks

The Beirut Souks is a reconstructed shopping strip in the Beirut Central District consisting of a complex of alleys and pathways. The old souks were...

National Museum

Inaugurated in 1942, the National Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of important archaeological objects. Reopened after extensive...

Hadiqat As-Samah (the Garden of Forgiveness)

Formally called Cardo Maximus, Hadiqat As-Samah (the Garden of Forgiveness), is an ancient ruin on which 15 civilizations have lived successively....

Roman Baths Garden

Part unearthed vestiges of the ancient thermal baths built by the Romans and part accentuated garden, this quirky and unexpected landscaped space is...

North Lebanon

Argoun Shah Mosque

The mosque of the Emir Arghoun Shah was built several decades before Tripoli fell to the Ottomans. Located in the Saff el-Balat neighborhood, its...

Al-Tawbah Mosque

Located in Al-Dabbaghah neighborhood near Khan Al-Asqar, Al-Tawbah Mosque has was frequently cited in the writings of travelers who visited Tripoli...

Al-Attar Mosque

Located in the souk area of Tripoli, the 14th century Al-Attar Mosque is one of the largest and most important mosques of Tripoli. Easily...

Balamand Monastery

Cistercian monks founded their first overseas abbey on top of Byzantine ruins on a promontory in the northern Koura District eight centuries ago, and...

Our Lady of Nourieh Monastery

At the top of the historic Deir el Nourieh cliffs of Ras Chekka (historically known as Cape Theoprosopon, which protrude into the sea at Hamat, in...

Ouyoun al-Samak Lake

Located just southwest of the village of Safinet el-Qaytaah, between the districts of Denniyeh and Akkar, the mountainous area of Ouyoun al-Samak is...

Qasr Naous Roman Temples

Closely ensconced by thick stands of mature trees, the ancient Roman Naous temples are perched on a hilltop at 600 meters above sea level, and even...

Msaylhah Fort

Plainly visible from the highway stretching north from Batroun, Msaylhah Fort sits precariously on a tiny rocky outcrop. This early 17th-century fort...

Mount Lebanon

Chateau Musar

Housed in an 18th century castle in Ghazir, Chateau Musar is the best-known winery in Lebanon among international circles of dedicated oenophiles....

Chateau Florentine

Château Florentine, opened in 1997, overlooks the village of Majdel Maouche in the midst of its vineyards in the Chouf. The winemakers here focus...

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAM)

A contemporary artistic and cultural space, MACAM is dedicated to art installations, exhibitions and efforts to preserve art across Lebanon. This...

The Boutros Farhat Museum

This is a private art museum that sculptor Boutros Farhat opened in 1991 to exhibit his own works. With over 120 pieces on display, Farhat’s work...

St. Maron Monastery

Maronite monks built St. Maron Monastery in the 19th century on a remote hilltop just outside of Byblos. Over the years, it has become a frequently-...

St. Charbel Church Museum

This museum is situated in the entrance to St. Charbel Church, a medieval church built on the foundations of a Roman temple. Several Roman...

Our Lady of Ilije Monastery Museum

This monastery housed the Maronite Patriarchate from 1120 to 1440. It now preserves the oldest Maronite icons in Lebanon, which date back to the 10th...

Wax Museum

The Historic Wax Museum in Byblos has been taking visitors on figurine tours of Lebanese history since it opened its doors in 1970. Revisit moments...

South Lebanon

Debbaneh Palace

This gorgeous 18th century house has all the classic elements of an aristocratic Arab-Ottoman home, with a generous, richly-ornamented central space...

Moussa Tiba Museum

A native of afflicted South Lebanon, Moussa Tiba was born in Qana in 1939. His studio was partially destroyed during the war in early 1975 and he was...

Sarcophagus of King Hiram I

On the borders between the villages of Ain Baal and Hanaway, there is a limestone sarcophagus traditionally ascribed to King Hiram I. Four meters...

Temple of Eshmun

The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenician god of healing and one of the most important divinities of...

Sarafand's Glass works

Just south of Saida, Sarafand was a port city, once known as Sarepta. It was here that the Phoenicians played a key role in developing the art of...

Al-Askari Mosque

One of the oldest mosques in the south, it was reportedly built in 800 A.D., and is composed of two sections, an old one and a newer. The old section...

The Saida War Cemetery

The Saida War Cemetery was opened in 1943 by units of British forces occupying Lebanon after the 1941 campaign. It was originally used for the burial...

Tyre Festival

Held each year in July, the Tyre and South Festival celebrates Lebanese culture and art in various venues within the historic southern portside city...