3. IN­SPIR­ING NAQOURA

Lebanon Traveler - - IN FOCUS BEIRUT -

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.

Naqoura

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