15 places you need to visit to escape Beirut's heat! - The961

15 places you need to visit to escape Beirut's heat!

It's super hot out there!

When the temperature peaks, you know it's time to hit the road and visit the day3a (village)! Visit these places when you need to escape Beirut's unbearable heat!

Faraya

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Faraya is a small village, but a major ski destination! Restaurants, pubs, and resorts attract tourists and locals from nearby regions in summer!

Chouf

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Chouf is a historical region in Lebanon. It is home to the 19th century Beiteddine Palace which is the President's official summer residence. While you're there, make sure to visit Moussa Castle which contains figurines that portray scenes of the village life. It also features artifacts, gemstones, clothing, and 32,000 weapons. It’s a heritage museum where you can go back in time. Read more.

Bcharre

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Bcharre is a breathtaking town in Northern Lebanon. With an altitude of 1,500 meters and a population of just 24,000 people, Bcharre has quite a rich history. It is the birthplace of the famous poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Bcharre was also the site of a Phoenician settlement in the ancient times. It is also the home of Qadisha Valley which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zahle

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Zahle is full of beautiful sceneries, exciting places to visit and delicious food to try! The Berdawni Promenade is one of the top attractions of Zahle! Located along the river, the walk is filled with restaurants and cafes. Nothing beats a nice Lebanese lunch along the freshness of the river!

Aley

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Aley is a serene district in Mount Lebanon. It is nicknamed “Summer’s Bride” since summers are cool in this region compared to other places in Lebanon. Its vibrant old souk attracts a lot of tourists!

Beit Chabeb

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Surrounded by pine trees, Beit Chabab is home to Lebanon’s only bell foundry that manufactures bells for the churches in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Syria. Craftsmanship is this village’s signature.

Sawfar

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Sawfar is a Lebanese village in Aley. The Lamartine Valley, which is named after the renowned French poet who visited Lebanon, separates Sawfar from Matn. The region offers an amazing view of the district.

In the 19th and 20th century, Sawfar was a favorite summer destination for Beirut's elites. The region was full of ravishing villas, among them the beautiful Donna Maria Sursock Residence.

Broumana

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Broumana is a picturesque village and one of the best destinations in summer! Festivals and Souk El Akel make this place entertaining!

Deir El Qamar

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Deir Al Qamar was the capital and the residence of the Emirate of Mount Lebanon from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The village is home of the Fakhreddine II Palace.

Ehden

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Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve houses cedars and encloses 1,058 plant species which 40% of them are native plant species in Lebanon. This place is also rich with trees: 39 species of native trees have been identified.

Faqra

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Faqra is a historical region and a great place to have a picnic! Also, make sure to visit Qalaat Faqra while you're there!

Yahchouch

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Yahchouch is part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves, and it has direct access to Jabal Moussa. The natural heritage of Yahchouch includes waterfalls and pine forests.

Akoura

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Akoura is a picturesque village in Jbeil, Mount Lebanon. This region is famous for its beautiful circular ponds, delicious juicy apples, and mesmerizing nature. It's a popular destination among campers, hikers, and stargazers.

Baakline

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Baakline is a picturesque village that overlooks Deir El Qamar. It is famous for its natural heritage that makes this old town an attractive destination for adventurers and people who want to relax. It was founded in the 12th century and served as the capital of the Maan emirs, including the Emir Fakhreddine II.

Tannourine

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Tannourine is home to a nature reserve that protects one of the largest cedar forests in Lebanon.

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