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Winter

From the snow-covered mountains to the mild Mediterranean coast, Lebanon’s winter is a season of contrasts. Winter along the coast is warm enough for sightseeing. With sporadic bouts of rain, our coastal winter knows many clear, warm days awash in amber sunlight. It is a wonderful time for you to visit the many historical and cultural attractions along the coast, such as the ancient cities of Jbeil (Byblos), Saida (Sidon), and Sur (Tyre). The upside of visiting these sites in winter is avoiding the crowds of tourists that visit most frequently in the summer. Chances are you will have these charming historic ruins all to yourself.

 

The real draw during the winter, however, is Lebanon’s winter sports. Lebanon has something for everyone, with six ski resorts catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, and a host of backcountry, cross-country, and snowshoe trails in Lebanon, which means plenty of fresh powder at higher altitudes. If you visit us during the tail end of the ski season, you can enjoy the last vestiges of the snow in the morning and still have time for a swim in the Mediterranean in the afternoon.

 

The country’s famous nightlife, entertainment, and shopping centers do not slow down during winter. There is also a popular classical music festival each February at the Al-Bustan Hotel which features bankable performances by renowned and upcoming musicians.

Things to do

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...

Al-Bustan Festival

In the heart of Beit Mery, this international festival of music and performance arts tops itself every winter with a host of new line-ups. Since its...

Festivals across Lebanon

Every year, Lebanon transforms into a constellation of rhythm, radiance, and revelry. Age-old towns come alive under resplendent spotlights with...

Lebanese Sweets

This is a selected list of traditional Lebanese sweets you’ll find in restaurants and sweet shops across the country. These are traditional...

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...

Art Scene

A large part of Lebanon’s allure is its strong cultural commitment to the arts, and in the last decade the art scene in Beirut has exploded, becoming...

Wine

Tour The Breathtaking Vineyards Of Lebanon   Lebanon has one of the oldest wine cultures in the world, dating back 5,000 years when the Phoenicians...

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...

Bekaa

Reserve Ammiq

Reserve Ammiq, also known as Domaine Skaff, is located around 900 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley and is part of Nature Farms, a company...

Qamou’ al-Hermel

On a hilltop some six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from Hermel, there is a 26-meter-high stone tower capped with a pyramid which can be spotted from...

Lebanese Heritage House of Artist Samir Fahed Chamoun

This museum features a broad and distinguished collection of old weapons, ancient stones, pillars and crowns. The museum also exhibits wooden works...

Miraculous Lady Monastery Museum

This monastery contains a small museum exhibiting religious objects, old stones and pottery, crosses engraved on stone, agricultural tools and a nice...

Heritage Museum of Salim Araji

The Salim Araji Museum exhibits an extensive collection of ancient daggers, spears and swords. Visitors will also find an interesting variety of...

Fayrouz Chamoun Centre of Arts and Culture

This center includes a wide collection of ancient armaments; pistols, bows, arrows, spears, shields, swords, etc. Visitors can also view stone crowns...

Emile Hannouche Museum

The Emile Hannouche museum showcases Lebanese plastic arts and Melkite oriental icons. The site was built by a French family in 1918, at the...

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...

Nabatieh

Doubeih Fortress

Next to the village of Shakra w Doubeih, Bin Jbeil District, on a hill with impressive, sweeping vistas, the strong arches of the Doubeih Fortress...

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...

Tebnine Castle

Some 30 kilometers from Tyre, Tebnine Castle is at the top of an 870-meter mountain. It was built during the Crusade period in 1104 by Hughes de...

Mleeta Museum

The Mleeta Museum chronicles the resistance to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon starting in 1982. It’s a quite modern museum, well designed...

Khalwat el-Bayyadah

In the suburbs of Hasbaya is a Druze religious fort. It contains around 40 hermitages, and believers go there every Tuesday to meditate. In the outer...

Souk al-Khan

On the road from Hasbaya to Marjayoun is the khan built by Emir Chehab in 1350. It is said that Emir Ali, son of Emir Fakhreddine Maan, was killed...

Al-Hebbariyeh Roman Temple

On the left side of the main road to Hasbaya, the ruins of a small Roman temple can still be seen.   Parts of the walls remain intact, rising to a...

Mosques in Nabatieh

Nabatieh has two historic mosques: One was built in the 16th century and stands at the center of town. The other is called the Mosque of the Prophet...

Beirut

Sursock Museum

The Nicolas Sursock Museum is a contemporary art museum housed in an opulent 1912 Venetian Italianate Sursock family mansion on Sursock Street in...

Grand Omari Mosque (Beirut)

Before being eclipsed by the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque, the Omari Mosque was Beirut’s central mosque. It takes its name from the caliph Omar Ibn aI-...

AUB Archeological Museum

The AUB Archaeological Museum is the third-oldest museum in the Near East, after Cairo and Constantinople, opening in 1902.   Guided tours are...

Castle Square Belvedere Park

Situated in the central business district of Beirut, Castle Square Belvedere Park is a public plaza adjacent to the oldest archaeological site in the...

Horsh Beirut

An urban park on the southern edge of the city proper, Horsh Beirut is also known as Horsh El Snoubar and Bois de Pins (The Pine Forest).   Horsh has...

Mim Museum

Even if you think you’re not interest in minerals, this collection will stun and transfix you. Housed in a gorgeous, ultra-modern underground space,...

National Unity Square

If you walk along the eastern side of the Grand Serail you will come across one of Beirut’s most arresting monuments: National Unity Square.  ...

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...

North Lebanon

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...

Al-Ouwaysiyah Mosque

Al-Ouwaysiyah Mosque stands at the southern foot of the Tripoli citadel, on a hill known by “Suq el-Samaq” (fish market), in the Bab el-Hadid...

Mount Lebanon

St. Michael Winery

A boutique winery in the village of Maasser al-Chouf, in the foothills of Mount Lebanon, St. Michael’s makes a wide variety of wines and other...

Nabise Winery

In Mazraat Yashouh, Mount Lebanon, owner Nazih Metni works a 300-year-old vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah,...

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...

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...

Chateau Wadih

Chateau Wadih produces a unique probiotic red wine, created by owner Dr Bou Younes, who named his winery after his son, Wadih, who went on to become...

South Lebanon

Grand Omari Mosque (Saida)

Facing the northern tip of Sidon's harbor, the Omari Mosque is said to be one of the finest examples of Islamic religious architecture of the 13th...

Karam Winery

A rare South Lebanon winery, Karam winery was founded by two brothers who grew up on an ancestral estate vineyard and decided to enrich Lebanese...

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...

Tyre Old Town

The souk in Tyre is a lively area. It was a khan during the Ottoman period, and an old house which belonged to an Ottoman noble family.   In this...

Al-Mina Archeological Site

Located in the old section of the island, most of the structures in this site date back to the Roman and Byzantine periods. The site features a...

Al-Bass Archeological Site

This sprawling site lies 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) east of the Al-Mina site. Just past the entrance is a vast funerary complex, with hundreds of...

Saida Soap Museum

Beautifully restored and expertly designed, the soap museum building dates back to the 13th century, though the soap factory per se was built in the...

Old Souks of Saida

Saida’s old town easily rivals its counterparts across the region. Extraordinarily well preserved, the cool, winding streets of the souk retain their...