The Sum­mer Starts Here

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As tem­per­a­tures peak, sum­mer is the time to slow down and en­joy Le­banon. With a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Beirutis re­lo­cat­ing to their fam­ily homes in the moun­tains or beachside chalets, it’s the sea­son when the coun­try’s ru­ral ar­eas come to life and long sun-filled days re­volve around gar­dens and ter­races. Time to en­joy the great out­doors, ex­plore di­verse land­scapes and meet lo­cal vil­lagers.

In the sum­mer, the coun­try’s cultural sphere blos­soms with ac­tiv­ity with fes­ti­vals tak­ing place in al­most ev­ery re­gion. From By­b­los In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val’s stage that pro­trudes into the sea, to the an­cient Ro­man tem­ples of Baal­beck as a back­drop, we cer­tainly know how to put on an at­mo­spheric spec­ta­cle. Mu­sic con­certs fea­ture a whole host of in­ter­na­tional artists and the Arab world’s con­tem­po­rary greats, so start plan­ning your schedule now.

This issue, we head up and down Le­banon’s coast­line, ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing from coastal na­ture re­serves to his­tor­i­cal ru­ins by the sea. We take you to some of our favourite spots for a leisurely pic­nic and go on a week­end road­trip to Bisri, dis­cov­er­ing that the jour­ney through this rich val­ley is just as im­por­tant as the des­ti­na­tion.

In the cap­i­tal, we head to the iconic Beirut Hip­po­drome, which this year cel­e­brates its 100-year an­niver­sary of horse rac­ing tra­di­tion, and Zawarib takes us on a tour of the nearby sleepy neigh­bor­hood of Badaro to ex­plore its wide tree-lined streets. As usual, we’ve packed this issue full of prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties, in­ter­view­ing FrenchLe­banese jour­nal­ist Léa Salamé, wa­ter­ski cham­pion Sil­vio Chiha and the Di­rec­tor of By­b­los In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val Lat­ifa Lakkis.

Use Le­banon Trav­eler as a guide for ex­plor­ing the coun­try and you’ll dis­cover that sum­mer hol­i­days are best spent at home.

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Photo: Wil­liam Khouch­aba

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