2. ROMANTIC GETAWAY:
Scores of tourists come to Batroun for its stretch of beach resorts and vibrant nightlife. It’s also a perfect romantic escape for couples. Start with a walking tour in Batroun, strolling through the old souks of the city and visit its historic churches and cathedrals, not missing the beautiful (Our Lady of the Sea,) located in front of the city’s Phoenician Wall, a 225m long maritime structure the Phoenicians carved into rocks in the sea. End the day with a taster palette of beers at microbrewery (06 743543, colonelbeer.com) and enjoy the sea air.
SLEEP L’auberge de la Mer Mayouli
Church of Saydet El Bahr
Stay overnight in the heart of the old city in the boutique hotel
(06 740824, laubergedelamer.com) or the charming, (71 000516, mayouli.com, Mayoulibedbreakfast.)
Batroun is the place to eat fresh fish and seafood, which (03 439147,) perched on a large rock jutting out of the Mediterranean, and
(06 744016, 03 328678,) both do brilliantly. For traditional Lebanese cuisine, eat at (06 744510, batrouniyat.org.)
SEE Maronite Cathedral,
St. George Greek Orthodox Church,
Don’t miss Batroun’s varied historic architecture including built on the site of an old church and completed in 1910
completed in 1867, that showcases and the a Byzantine-influenced architectural style.