2. RO­MAN­TIC GET­AWAY:

Lebanon Traveler - - GETAWAYS - By the sea in Ba­troun

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

EAT

Church of Say­det El Bahr

Colonel

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.)

Maguy

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.)

Marin

Ba­trouniyat

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.

St. Stephen’s

Le

Ba­troun old souks. Photo: Nour Farra-had­dad

Church of Say­det El Bahr. Photo: Nour Farra-had­dad

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