YAMMOUNEH

Lebanon Traveler - - HIDDEN GEMS -

The beau­ti­ful Yammouneh Lake lies in the basin of Yammouneh vil­lage, 110km north­east of Beirut (27km north­west of Baal­beck). The lake is home to the only en­demic fish in Le­banon, known as the Le­van­tine min­now.

For a fan­tas­tic ad­ven­ture, hike the six-hour trail to the lake from Ak­oura, where you will cross the peak of Mount Mak­mel and con­tinue down­hill to­wards the Yammouneh na­ture reserve. Once you reach the reserve, you will see ju­niper, wild ap­ple and ker­mes oak trees.

The se­lec­tion of Le­banese restau­rants sur­round­ing the lake is plen­ti­ful so just wan­der around to find your per­fect spot.

Photo: Ni­dal Ma­j­dalani

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