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Mount Lebanon

The Mount Lebanon region is an outdoor adventure-loverís paradise. With high, snow-capped mountains running north to south through the center of the country, this region offers a rocky, rugged terrain that is perfect for a variety of outdoor sports and adventure activities. On the west side of the mountain range, the foothills slope down to the sunny Mediterranean coast. On the east side stretches the wide, agricultural Bekaa Valley. At the height of Mount Lebanonís peaks are excellent opportunities for skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, and other winter and outdoor adventure sports.

The Mount Lebanon region is an outdoor adventure-loverís paradise. With high, snow-capped mountains running north to south through the center of the country, this region offers a rocky, rugged terrain that is perfect for a variety of outdoor sports and adventure activities. On the west side of the mountain range, the foothills slope down to the sunny Mediterranean coast. On the east side stretches the wide, agricultural Bekaa Valley. At the height of Mount Lebanonís peaks are excellent opportunities for skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, and other winter and outdoor adventure sports.

At high altitudes, the famed ancient cedar trees of Lebanon still grow in this region, their large, majestic green canopies towering over a backdrop of white, snow-covered hills. At the southern end of Mount Lebanon, the Shouf region is home to the countryís largest nature reserve, the Al-Shouf Cedar Reserve, a mountainous forested area with an abundance of trees, birds, endangered mammals, and unique plant life. The Reserve is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, and bird watchers.

Scattered throughout Mount Lebanon are interesting historical and cultural sites, making for a unique blend of natural and historical attractions. Visit the quaint villages in the Shouf mountains to get a taste of the traditional rural life of the region. Tour the ornate reception rooms and baths of the Beiteddine Palace to get a taste of the 19th century life of the Emirs. To go even further back in history, visit the ruins of Byblos, on the coast, where there are remains of settlements dating back to the Stone Age.

What to see and do in Mount Lebanon:

- Take to the slopes at one of Mount Lebanonís world-class ski resorts.

- Hike through the ancient cedar forests of the Al-Shouf Cedar Reserve and take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the peaks of the Reserveís rugged mountains.

- Tour the majestic 19th century palace complex at Beiteddine, and view the beatifully restored Ottoman-era chambers, bathhouses, and the large museum of Byzantine and Roman mosaics.

- Explore the layers of ruins from Lebanonís ancient civilizations at the coastal city of Byblos (Jbeil), one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the birthplace of the Roman alphabet.

- Enjoy walking along small avenues lined with stone, red-roofed buildings in a traditional Shouf village, such as Deir Al Qamar or Khraibe, and enjoy a taste of the traditional cuisine at a small local restaurant or cafe.

- Go mountain biking along one of the mountain trails that cover Mount Lebanonís rugged peaks.

- Visit the cool mountain villages and summer resorts throughout the region, a popular local destination for summer holidays and weekend getaways.

[Byblos] [Jieta Grotto] [Beiteddine]

 



   

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