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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