Fam­ily Get­away: Esh­moun and Joun


Lo­cated just be­fore Sidon, by the Awali river in a lush val­ley of or­ange and cit­rus groves, is the an­cient site of the 7th Cen­tury Esh­moun tem­ple, known lo­cally as Bus­tan Esheikh. It is well worth a visit es­pe­cially in spring when the air is fra­grant with blos­soms. Then, take the road to­wards the vil­lage of Joun to en­joy beau­ti­ful green scener­ies, pass­ing olive and pine trees un­til you reach the Saint Sau­veur Monastery of Joun. Sleep Stay overnight in Deir El Moukhalles at Saint Sau­veur Monastery (07 975064/5) or Deir El Say­deh (07 975070) in Joun. Eat Pic­nic un­der pine trees on the way to the monastery or en­joy ex­cel­lent Le­banese mezze by the river of Bisri at El Rif Restau­rant (03 332611, 70 332611). See Visit the arche­o­log­i­cal site of the 7th Cen­tury Esh­moun tem­ples; the only Phoeni­cian site in Le­banon that has re­tained more than just its foun­da­tion stones.

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