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The multiple and various touristic riches that offer the regions of Kesrouan-Jbeil-Batroun will make the happiness of all visitors, hikers, travelers, pilgrims and all sorts of seekers stopping in Lebanon for a while.

1- On the cultural level

The numerous archeological sites, historical monuments, pilgrimage and prayer sites, crafts shops, picturesque sites and originality of customs and traditions of people from the region will enchant all those looking for cultural tourism. The fish fossils are millions of years old and they come from the ground of the Hagel and Hjoula valleys to the East of Jbeil-Byblos. The archeological site of the city alone offers a wide open air display of different historical periods of Lebanon, from the Neolithic till the present.

Pages of our history remained engraved on the rocky walls and steles of the Nahr el Kalb river. An astonishing Phoenician wall sculpted in the Batroun rock reflects one of the aspects of the maritime power of our ancestors. The vestiges, still impressive till now, of the Roman temples of Faqra, Afqa, Yenouh and Machnaqa recall the splendors of an illustrious empire, if there were any, and which covered our country in all kinds of art works, such as the roman bridge in Maameltein, the roman paved way and column in Jbeil-Byblos, the vestiges of an imposing nymphs on the city agora… in addition to the numerous monuments of the medieval period: the fortress and the wall of the crusades, the church of St. John always conducting mass in Byblos, the fortress of Smar Jbeil, that of Msaylah in the Nahr Jaous valley near Batroun, the Borj Nouhaich tower near Nahr al Fidar, the churches with extraordinary rupestrian frescos in Bahdidat, Blate and in Mar Saba in Edde Batroun… Finally, the Ottoman period; in fact many villages in the region of Jbeil and Batroun have kept traditional houses and souks, constantly animated khans and mosques.

2- On the Athletic and Ecotouristic levels:

The mountainous reliefs and the wild gorges, as well as the proximity of the see along the coast, allow open air paragliding activities: cavers will be excited at exploring the grottos of Jeita, Afqa, Roueis…; climbers will be happy before the beautiful hills and their canyons (Lebanese ecotower - operators volunteer to conduct initiation outings or professional ones); hikers fans of landscapes and surprises will admire the extraordinary panoramas, the natural bridge of Faqra and its cascade, the old mills, the old churches in out of way open spots of rocks as well as green chains.

The amateurs of various sports shall not be disappointed: our region, alone, has 4 of the 6 skiing station: Faraya, Faqra, Kanat Bekich et Laqlouq - the biggest in Lebanon: Faraya, manages more than 20 ski tracks, the others being better equipped for family skiing and apprenticeship. The amateurs of cross-country skiing will be thrilled by the high plateaus and slopes in Sannine and Laqlouq - tower operators propose racquet skiing and ski doo rides…

Furthermore, it is possible to find bike itineraries on appropriate tracks at easy and professional levels. Those interested may find stands for renting bikes in Faraya and Laqlouq… The rivers of Nahr el Kalb and Nahr Ibrahim may offer, only in winter, kayak and raft rides for the amateurs… The heights and slopes of the relief allow paragliding amateurs to take vertiginous dives, at all times, towards the sea nearby… Finally, on the sea extending to the north and the south of the region, all water sports may be practiced such as swimming, diving, water skiing, pedalo, rides at large…also a large number of maritime resorts and schools propose their services to all those who come to them.

3- Rural tourism

The rural milieu of the region is full of surprises and riches : it has conserved a lot of old customs and traditions - depending on the season, tourists may get familiar with and participate in wine harvest, fruit picking, distillation of arak… they will get to see the oil press and mills… they can admire the olive groves, banana fields, and at the top of the mountain, the flowering apple fields… they could visit the craftsmen village, that of sculptors in Rachana, the Amchit basketry, the Asiyia glass making... the restitutions of folkloric activities of a village on a holiday.


4- Religious Tourism

Our Middle East is a cross-road of religions. It was the cradle of the great monotheist religions. Even though Islam is historically linked to its geographic space, many other religions co-exist with it: 18 religious communities live here in peace and conviviality: Sunni, Chi'a, Druze, Maronites, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic… hence, you could find in our region a density of religious places where one can worship God and revere the Saints…

Lebanon, country of the sun, of honey and milk, of water is a country of charm and hospitality, celebrated by the Song of Songs… Christ himself stepped on its land: (Marc 7/24, 31…)

Visiting and discovering the various worship sites will permit to get in touch with nature, history, art and the traditions of hosting communities… The pilgrimages are truly ways of faith towards places where God has shown himself in a special way :Our Lady of Harissa, the hermitage of Saint Charbel in Annaya, the Kfifane, Mayfouq and Hardine convents and Saydet en Nour in Batroun…

The three saints recently canonized, have lived in this region : St. Charbel in Annaya, St. Naamtallah in Kfifane, St Rafqa in Jrebta…Rupestrian hermitages dating back to the middle-age are hidden in the abrupt parishes in our mountains: Mar Antonioas and Mar Semman in Saydet el Khayt, Mar Doumit in Tannourine, Mar Semaan in Saydet el Bzaz… Churches, some of which are decorated with rupestrian frescos, attract scholars and the curious: those of Bahdidat, Blat, Mar Seba Edde Batroun, the remains of Mosaic paving of a Byzantine church from the V century adjoining the church of St John in Jbeil- Byblos.

5- Entertainment Tourism:

The day life and the night life of the region allow amateurs of " idleness " and the hyper to find what they are looking for: on the beaches which are sunny more than 250 days a year… The boutiques of Kaslik or Jbeil-Byblos, Metro super store in Maameltein… will be the joy of shopping lovers… Lebanese, French, Italian, Indian restaurants … pubs and nights in Kaslil, Maameltein, Batroun, the shows of Casino du Liban, theaters, festivals in Byblos, Ghazir, Zouk…offer a wide range of entertainment… and the villages of our mountains often organize nice fairs in celebration of the local saint…


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