13 Things You Should Do In Ehden This Summer

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Lebanese mountains and villages are the place to be, especially during the month of August.

Far away from the coastal heat, Ehden is 1,600 meters from sea level and is the “it” village to visit this summer.

Ehden’s charm is undeniable, offering a respite from urban bustle and a gateway to the splendid Lebanese countryside.

Discover these must-do things in Ehden this summer:

Visit Horsh Ehden

If you are in the mood for a hike in beautiful scenery, Horsh Ehden is the pathway to follow. This mountainous sanctuary features rare plants, including endemic species, while harboring endangered wildlife like Bonelli’s eagles, gray wolves, wildcats, Golden Jackals, and Red Foxes.

Catch the Sunset

Sunsets are better in the Lebanese mountains. After spending the day in Ehden, chill and sip a drink while admiring the golden hour. Pass by any of the sunset bars where you can unwind in style as the sun dips below the horizon.

Ehdeniyat International Festival

Ehdeniyat is back for another year of an impressive lineup of artists.

This festival celebrates various forms of arts and entertainment, including music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performances.

This year Nassif Zaytoun, John Achkar, Al Akhrass, Joseph Attieh, and Dancing Moon will take over the stage.

For more information, check out their Instagram!

Visit the iconic Saydet El Hosen church

The Saydet el Hosn church, also known as The Lady of the Fortress, is a historical church in Ehden. It overlooks a panoramic view over the village and surrounding sites that will make you feel like you are on top of the world.

Hang out at Al Midan

The famous public square is home to a dozen of restaurants, bars, and stores. Even if you’re not inclined to sit down, take a stroll through the heart of Al Midan and soak in its lively ambiance.

Hike in Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

Located at an altitude of 1200m to 2000m, the Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve boasts 1700 hectares of public land and unique broadleaf trees.

So you and your friends can go to Horsh Ehden to enjoy a breathtaking hiking experience surrounded by beautiful trees.

Visit the Churches

From the venerable St. Georges Cathedral where Youssef Beik’s tomb is to the serene simplicity of Our Lady of Qannoubine Chapel, Ehden is also known for religious tourism. Discover all of the small chapels and visit the gorgeous churches.

Grab a Bite

With all the activities that you can do in Ehden, it is important to have a nice and savory lunch. You can try out the delicious local cuisine.

When visiting this village, you have to try the traditional Zgharta kibbeh (kibbeh Zghortawiyeh), which is characterized by a large round size and stuffed with sautéed onion and meat, and melted fat.

Have a Drink

The village of Ehden even boasts a lively nightlife scene with enticing options like Minus Pub, Louis Bar, Label, Noir Resort, Ace Bar, and Trace, ensuring your evenings are filled with drinks, music, and vibrant energy.

Stay the Night… or the Day

Ehden offers a multitude of stunning guesthouses and hotels, providing an ideal escape for you and your companions to explore the various attractions and fully engage in the village’s charm for a brief retreat.

Check out the statue of Youssef Beik Karam

Born in 1823, Youssef Beik Karam was a historic hero who fought the Ottoman Empire’s rule in Mount Lebanon.

So when visiting the village, you can check out his statue, which is a historical landmark in Ehden.

Visit Saint Mema Church

Saint Mema Church is described to be one of the oldest Maronite churches in Lebanon and the Levant area where ancient writings in Greek and Syriac can be found.

Visit the valley of Qannoubine

The Valley of Qannoubine, also known as the Kadisha Valley, is the ultimate destination to visit when on your way to Ehden.

Located in Bcharre and Zgharta districts, the Qannoubine Valley is one of the best destinations filled with caves, chapels, ancient monasteries, and an amazing waterfall!

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