A trip to Batroun makes for the perfect warm-weather getaway. Known for having some of the best beach clubs in the country, Batroun greets visitors with pristine blue waters and white pebble beaches.
By car: Take the northbound road up from Beirut past Jounieh and Byblos, until you hit Batroun.
By bus: Head to the Charles Helou Bus Station in Beirut and hop on the next bus headed to Tripoli for 5,000 LBP, Make sure to ask your driver to let you off in Batroun, which will be 15-20 minutes after Byblos.
WHAT TO DO
Going to Batroun in the summer is a national pastime. Just as the weather starts warming up, Beirutis start leaving the overheated city and head to these summery town to soak up the sun and cool off in the rocky beaches. Lining the water are back-to-back beach clubs, ranging from super luxurious resorts to shabby chic dives.
For upscale beach resorts, complete with pool, restaurants, beautiful décor, and all the pampering and people-watching Lebanon is famous for, try Orchid (03 040420, orchid-resort.com) or White Beach (03 732404, whitebeachlebanon.com).
For a less expensive, but still well maintained property, check out Pierre and Friends (03 352930), which has a beautiful pebble beach and is known for continuing the party late into the night. Another good free option is Joining Beach (03 517492), which has rocky cliffs for jumping into the water and plenty of underwater caves to explore.
Batroun is home to some of the country’s most beautiful wineries, thanks to its coastal location. Stop by any of the seven boutique wineries near Batroun, using this wine trail created by Zawarib to do the planning for you. Pass by the scenic wineries of Ixsir (71 631613, ixsir.com.lb) or Atibaia (atibaiawine.com) to name two, and sample some delicious wine and take a tour of the vineyards and cellars Lebanon is famous for.
WHERE TO EAT
If you find yourself craving home cooked and freshly prepared food while in Batroun, a visit to Chez Maguy is a must. Run by Maguy herself, the restaurant opened 26 years ago when she decided to open the doors to her seaside home and share her passion for cooking with the world. Despite its popularity, Chez Maguy has maintained the homey feel of a small family-run restaurant.
Contact: 03 439147
Colonel Beer Brewery
Since it opened in 2014, Colonel has been attracting beer connoisseur and hipsters en mass who come for the locally brewed beer and stay for the magnificent view of Batroun. Colonel is the first of its kind in Lebanon, making its own beer on premises, along with some great bar food and German specialties. With plenty of events in the summer months and an eco-friendly tilt, Colonel has become a hang-out for locals and foreigners looking to enjoy a microbrewery with good ambience and laid-back vibes. Make sure to check their page for information on the upcoming events.
Contact: 06 743543, colonelbeer.com
WHERE TO STAY
Beit Al Batroun
This unique Bed & Breakfast located just outside Batroun is a little piece of Lebanese paradise. The house itself was constructed stone by stone in the old Lebanese style, and furnished with genuine antiques. Flowers occupy each corner of Beit Al Batroun and a calming vibe fills the airy space. The house has four air-conditioned rooms, and there is a large garden and pool in the outdoor area. The service at Beit Al Batroun truly encompasses the famous Lebanese generosity. The owner, Colette Kahil, will make sure your every need is being met during your stay.
Contact: 03 270 049, beitalbatroun.com