3. INSPIRING NAQOURA
Naqoura is a small city in Southern Lebanon and the last swimming point in Lebanon. Take the coastal road and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Once at Naqoura, head to the coast and relax on the beach or turn east and visit Shamaa and its surroundings. Shamaa Fort is located on the top of a hill overlooking the coast with an impressive panoramic view. It is one of 20 citadels dating from the Crusader and Mamlouk period in Lebanon. The fort is not yet restored but you can reach it while visiting the sacred Maqâm (Mausoleum) of Shamoun El Safa.
SLEEP Resort SEE Turquoise Beach
Enjoy an overnight stop at the luxurious (78 822866, 78 822877, turquoise-lb.com) restaurant (07 460468).
EAT Rêve de la Mer
Both resorts offer food, right in front of the sea, or head back towards Sour to one of the restaurants in the old city or by the coast such as (07 741111, 03 665016, alfanarresort.com) or (07 740564).
Fanar restaurant Le Phenicien
or at hotel and
Drive back north about 17km from Naqoura to discover the Natural Reserve of Sour Coast that contains the largest sandy beach in Lebanon. It is known for its marine ecosystem and an important nesting site for migratory birds and endangered sea turtles.