As the heat and crowds of the summer season slowly disappear, fall is one of the most pleasurable times to explore the countryside. This issue Lebanon Traveler takes you to some of the country’s lesservisited regions full of hidden beauty, from water-rich Akkar in the far north, to Lebanon’s rural south success story, Jezzine, where a tourist re-development strategy has brought an influx of visitors to its endless pine forests and ecoorientated activities.
Lebanon Traveler is positively bursting with genuine experiences within Lebanon’s rich nature, from an autumnal hike along the ancient Barouk River Valley Trail where history and nature come together, to meeting the beekeepers who keep a long-held tradition alive and collect the honey of the country, nature’s defense against winter flu.
As always, sustainability continues to be the key issue for a strong future in the tourism sector. Elsa Sattout’s vision of pastoral tourism could be the answer to boosting rural economies and prompt a re-connection with the natural world. We also look at the traditions still alive and well in Lebanon, from the traditional hand-painted calligraphic yaftat, banners that dangle between electrical wires in the streets of the city to fond memories of leefeh – the fruit still grown on a small scale in the home gardens of Lebanon, that later fill the washrooms of the country.
We also delve deep into the rich cultural fabric of Lebanon from the artistic heritage of the family of Basbous sculptors and their deep connection to the village of Rachana to the Audi Foundation’s commitment to preserving the architectural heritage and memories of the southern city, Sidon and the intimate museum of an Ain El Mreisseh fisherman which gives a nostalgic insight into Beirut’s past.
The season of colors is almost upon us, it's time to get into our great outdoors and explore.