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.