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 from Beirut past Jounieh and Byblos until you reach Batroun.
By bus: Head to the Charles Helou Bus Station in Beirut and hop on the bus to Tripoli for 5,000 LBP. Make sure to ask your driver to let you disembark in Batroun, approximately 10 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 the town to soak up the sun and cool off at the beaches. Lining the water are back-to-back beach clubs, ranging from super luxurious resorts to shabby-chic spots.
If you’re looking for something a little upscale, try Orchid (03 040420, orchid-resort.com).
For a less expensive option check out Pierre and Friends (03 352930) which has a beautiful pebble beach. Another good choice is Joining Beach (03 517492), which is surrounded by rocking cliffs perfect for diving and plenty of underwater caves to explore. You call also head to White Beach (03 732404, whitebeachlebanon.com).
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. Don’t miss Ixsir (71 631613, ixsir.com.lb) and Atibaia (atibaiawine.com) where you can sample some delicious wines and take a tour of the vineyards and cellars.
WHERE TO EAT
If you find yourself craving home cooked and freshly prepared food while in Batroun, a visit to Chez Maguy (03 439147) is a must. The charming seaside restaurant, which opened 26 years ago, is run by Maguy who loves to share her passion for cooking with the world. Despite its popularity, Chez Maguy has maintained the cozy feel of a small family-run restaurant.
Colonel Beer Brewery
Since it opened in 2014, Colonel has been attracting beer connoisseurs and hipsters en mass who come for the locally brewed beer and stay for the magnificent view of Batroun. Colonel (06 743543, colonelbeer.com) is the first of its kind in Lebanon, making its own beer on-site 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 popular hang-out for locals and foreigners looking to enjoy a microbrewery with a good ambience.
WHERE TO STAY
Beit Al Batroun
This unique bed and breakfast, located just outside Batroun, is a little piece of paradise. The house itself was constructed stone by stone in the old Lebanese way and is delightfully furnished with exquisite antiques. Flowers decorate 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 hospitality that Lebanon is so famous for.
03 270 049, beitalbatroun.com