A hiking trip in the mountains of Lebanon is one of the best outing one can do on a beautiful Sunday (except having lunch with parents or in laws! :))…At 8 am last Sunday, we gathered at the parking facing the National Museum, to take the bus trip organized by Footprint. 75 persons were as eager as us to explore the much needed nature of Lebanon. Surprisingly we were not the only ones with children, a couple from Holland had brought their adorable two little blond girls with them, both under the age of 5! Amazingly they walked all the way during the easy level hike, which was a 5km stroll along the river of Barouk in the Chouf mountains.
A lovely green area, with amazing scenes…
For more info on organised tours by Footprintsclub, click here, and if you are interested in knowing more about the chouf mountains, click here! you will discover a stunning protected reserve loaded with opportunities for hiking and exploring.
Sunday was outing day, where we discovered the forest of Baabda, 15 minutes drive from Beirut.
The forest belongs to the Antonin Monastery in Baabda and is managed by T.E.R.R.E, an NGO promoting sustainable development, protection of nature and natural ressources among the Lebanese Youth.
Walking the 2.2 km trail was an ideal outing for our kids. A playgound, an escalading tower and bird watching cabins are placed in different spots, creating a nice path for all to enjoy. The walking path is lovely and definitely worthwhile returning to.
To ensure a well kept “forest”, there is a symbolic charge of 1.000 lbp per person. An option of making a yearly membership is also available.
Grab your car next time you have an urge to walk in a forest and drive to Baabda, the forest is 5 minutes away from Baabda roundabout…
Fancy a ride on the bicycle? or a run away from cars and pollution? then Biel’s new Corniche is the thing!
A few meters from Beirut Souks, kilometers of walking and bicycling paths, away from the horrible pollution and noise of Beirut. Walking there makes you forget for a moment that you Are in Beirut. The skyrises seem so far away, the sea so gorgeous blue and the sounds muffled and soft. Occasionally you will hear the church bells of Downtown Beirut’s many churches or the “mou-adden” of the many more mosques.
North of Beirut
If you have few hours on your hands, take the car and drive towards Baabdat (20 minutes from Beirut), and find the river below the village…A peaceful place, where pine trees and the river are your only companion. There is a walking trail taking you along the river and back again…Wonderful little outing for family with kids…Picnic is definitely a great idea too!
All over Lebanon
For the more adventurous, the hiker, the nature lover, walking along the Lebanon Mountain Trails is an experience not to be missed! 440km of trails, linking villages, nature resorts, stunning wild places, from north to south. During april, for 28 days, 150 people will be walking along the trails. They are coming from different parts of the world and even from abroad. Some of them have already made the long walk last year and are venturing again this year, this time seeing everything from the end, as the LMT association decided to start the walk from south to north!
For detailed info, visit their website, call the association (+961 5 955 303), join them, even if it is for a day or a weekend. I promise it will be for an unforgetable experience. The trail can be walked all year long and in separate parts. Guide books are available at all bookstores in Lebanon.
For those of you who can’t walk, but who will definitly enjoy a virtual walk of the trail, buy the book, A Million Steps by Hanah El Hibri. She did the entire through-walk 2 years ago!
Bottom line: Go out and discover Lebanon! it has a lot to offer, beside skyscrapers, nightlife and politics!