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Ecotourism

Enjoy Lebanon’s Diverse Natural Beauty

 

The resilient Lebanese Cedar, which was adopted as the symbol of the Lebanese flag, is just one of many natural marvels in Lebanon. Nature reserves cover a vast array of classifications, from sea to land.

 

With 520 species of plants, 48 of which are endemic to Lebanon, a crossroads for bird migration, and nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, your exploration of Lebanon’s reserves will be rich and thrilling.

 

In the lush peaks of Mount Lebanon, visitors can hike the 50,000 hectares of the Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve, absorbing the striking grandness of its 2000-year-old cedar trees, and exploring a multitude of other plant and animal life.

 

For the more adventurous traveller, you can plan a multi-day trek across the Lebanon Mountain Trail, which goes from the north to the south across Mount Lebanon, taking you through thriving natural areas, across rivers and lakes, as well as welcoming, quaint villages.

 

Just a short drive from Beirut, every one of Lebanon’s reserves offers you a unique experience; go turtle watching in the south, or visit the Palm Island Reserve in the north to watch migrating birds, or head east to discover the oldest Juniper reserve in the Middle East.

Things to do

Mountain climbing

Lebanon is one of the few places in the Middle East that offer a broad range of mountain climbing activities, from relatively easy summit climbs and...

Hiking

Wide-ranging terrain, scenic vistas, and historic environs combine to create unique hiking and trekking opportunities throughout Lebanon. Popular...

Biking

Lebanon’s rugged mountain terrain, soft hills, and valleys, and its spectacular natural landscapes dipped in ancient history make for truly unique...

Camping

Camping is a fast-growing recreational activity in Lebanon, with many already-existing and simply spectacular sites, and new ones continually...

Beaches

There is plenty of sun and sand to go around in Lebanon, with 225 kilometers (140 miles) of prime Mediterranean shore stretching lazily along the...

Caving

Lebanon’s mountainous and rocky terrain is composed primarily of limestone, which creates exciting opportunities for caving. There are over 400 caves...

Winter Sports

With six ski resorts catering to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, and with wide expanses of backcountry and cross-country slopes as well...

Birdwatching

Lebanon is a significant stopping point for birds that travel along African-Eurasian migration paths, which creates a wealth of birdwatching...

Bekaa

Yammouneh Nature Reserve

The Yammouneh Nature Reserve lies on an eastern slope between mountains Makmel and Mnaytra. It abounds with water, feeding 84 natural springs, four...

Deir Mar Maroun (St. Maroun Monastery)

Two kilometers (1.2 miles) north of Qamou' al-Hermel towards town, look for the Ain Zarqa Spring, the most vital source of Al-Aassi River. That’s...

Nabatieh

Wadi al-Hujeir Nature Reserve

Located in the Marjeyoun District in Nabatieh, Wadi al-Hujeir National Reserve was approved and established in 2010. It stretches from the Litani...

North Lebanon

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...

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...

Palm Islands Nature Reserve

The Palm Islands Nature Reserve is a cluster of three small limestone islands a few miles off the coast of Tripoli. They have some ancient remains,...

Cedars of God

Written more than 4,000 years ago, parts of the oldest surviving story in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh, take place in the world-renowned Cedars...

Qadisha Valley

The magnificent and storied Kadisha Valley, also known as Wadi Qadisha, lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of...

Mount Lebanon

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...

Jeita Grotto

The two magnificent Jeita grottoes burrow deep into the earth within a beautiful green valley as cavities that are as old as the Stone Age. A river...

Faqra

The historic ruins of Faqra lie 1,600 meters above sea level, towering over a deep valley where the waters of Nabaa al-Aasal and Nabaa al-Laban flow...

Afqa

Distinguished for its colossal grotto, Afqa is a rectangular-prism-shaped breach within a 200-meter-high cliffside. From a distance, the cave appears...

Niha Fortress

Part of the Chouf Reserve, Niha Fortress is an eclectic site, and while perfectly safe, not necessarily for the faint of heart. The ancient fortress...

The Chouf Biosphere Reserve

In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" with an area of approximately 50,000 hectares, or 5% of the total...

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is a unique melting pot of biodiversity and history, located in Kesrouan District. Jabal Moussa and its...

Chnanir Nature Reserve

This nature reserve covers the public domains around the village of Chnanir in the Kesrouan District. It was established in 2010 and is surrounded by...

South Lebanon

Tyre Coast Nature Reserve

This nature reserve in South Lebanon covers the finest sandy beaches in the country. It was declared a wetland according to the Ramsar Agreement as...