In the middle of the Lamartine Valley in the Aley district, Hammana is engulfed with greenery, pine trees, and orchards, and freshened up by a breathtaking river that runs through it.
A thirty-minute drive from Beirut, Hammana is 1200m above sea level.
It has everything you wish you’d see in a traditional Lebanese house. Old palaces, red rooftops, stone houses, great views, and lots of scenery. In the face of modernization, Hammana has kept its authentic Lebanese spirit.
Check out these 12 things to do once you get there.
Visit the 290-year-old Mar Romanos Church
Built in 1732, the Mar Romanos Church is a great destination to witness Lebanon’s old architecture. The traditional three-stone arches are a sight to see in this Maronite church.
Standing tall, the Mezher palace overlooks the breathtaking Lamartine valley. Surrounded by beautiful greenery, the red rooftop and stone walls feel authentic, undisturbed by the progressions of the last seven centuries since the palace was built.
Former French poet Alphonse de Lamartine resided there in the 17th century with his wife and daughter.
Witness the beauty of the Lamartine valley
Named after the French poet Alphonse de Lamartine, this valley was a great inspiration for him. He wrote, “one of the most beautiful views that men have ever beheld, an opportunity to paint the creation of God, is the valley of Hammana.”
The valley is riddled with pine trees and orchards.
Enjoy the Hammana River and waterfalls
The Hammana river travels through the Lamartine valley with steep and gentle waterfalls all along the water. Many outdoor activities are available around the river like canyoning, hiking, and abseiling.
In the face of modernization, the old souk in Hammana has kept its authenticity and its traditional Lebanese spirit. Coffee shops, one-dollar shops, restaurants, and bakeries are all riddled around these lovely cobblestone streets.
The Lebanese TV show Al-Hayba is famously shot in the plaza of Hammana, now nicknamed Sahet al Hayba.
The spirit in Hammana Souk is a very special one. Festivals, singers, and bands from all over Lebanon perform in the plaza. The happiness, love, and enthusiasm of the locals enjoying their night are contagious. You’ll leave with a fresh, renewed energy, and a love for the Lebanese people.
The Hammana Artist House is a space for artistic development and for creating and connecting with other artists.
It’s open to any local and international artist who would like to develop their networks, rehearse in peace and meet people who share their similar interests. It contains many spaces for rehearsals and an open-air theatre.
Enjoy a selection of traditional Lebanese and international food while listening to the soothing sound of naturally running water. You’ll be fully immersed in the unique nature of Hammana while enjoying a delicious meal.
What would be a better way to spend the night on a hammock on a starry night than under the pine trees? But you wouldn’t be alone, you’d be surrounded by many others looking to feel at peace in nature.