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.