The Summer Starts Here
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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