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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

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...

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...

Batroun

Situated about 55 kilometers north of Beirut, the charming coastal town of Batroun was a flourishing city and port in Phoenician times (3000 - 64 BC...

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...

Zgharta and Ehden

Zgharta, the seat of Zgharta District, is a large town located on a rocky hill between the rivers of Jouit and Rashein, about 150 meters above sea...

Jabal Qammouah

Located in the Akkar region 1500 meters above sea level, Jabal Qammouah is a small paradise of river streams, rugged mountains and sturdy gnarled...

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...

Water Activities

Our long Mediterranean coastline and numerous rivers offer many plenty of salt and freshwater sporting opportunities. Coastal strips with rocky...

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

Bentael Nature Reserve

Tucked away along the foothills northeast of Byblos lies Bentael, one of Lebanon’s first nature reserves. It may be one of the smaller protected...
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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...