By­b­los Dis­trict

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Alti­tude: Dis­tance from Beirut:

1,230–1,700m 75km The vil­lage of Jaj in north Le­banon fea­tures a cedar grove and old iso­lated cedars that grow on rocky hills. Maple (kaykab), bear plum (khawkh el deb) and wild ser­vice-tree (gh­bayra) are spo­rad­i­cally spread across the area. His­tor­i­cal records speak about the Phoeni­cians who trans­ported cedar logs through rivers to the port of By­b­los for ship­build­ing and ex­port. A 30-minute hik­ing trail of­fers a good over­view of the area – pass­ing from the for­est park­ing lot to the cedar grove and old church. For more ad­ven­tur­ous hik­ing and ad­vanced moun­taineer­ing, ex­plore the sur­round­ing hills which have 360 de­grees of panoramic views and take a break at the restau­rant (70 540223) for a quick bite or meal. In the vil­lage it­self, pass by the 200-year-old oak tree near the church and the pri­vate mu­seum of the sculp­tor and artist (03 254283).

Sama Jaj Boutros Farhat

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