Jezzine is Lebanon’s hub for nature tourism due to its stunning mountain view, pine forests and waterfalls. Come summertime, the town and surrounding area become a getaway for visitors escaping the summer heat and looking for a fresh mountain escape.
By car: Take the southern coastal road down to Saida, and turn into the mountains at the Nejmeh roundabout. Continue until you see signs for Jezzine.
By bus: From Beirut, head to Jisr el Cola to get the van to Saida for 3,000 LBP. In Saida, transfer to the LTC bus at the Nejmeh roundabout. Ask the driver to drop you off near Jezzine’s town hall. The total trip takes around an hour and a half.
WHAT TO DO
The Bkassine Pine Forest
A haven for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Jezzine’s pine forest is the largest in the Middle East. The distinctive Lebanese pine trees cover the area, making it a great place to enjoy hikes in the fresh air.
Jezzine’s waterfall is the fifth highest in the world, attracting tourists from around the country. You can experience the waterfall by hiking down to its base or enjoying a meal in one of the cafés at its summit.
WHERE TO EAT
Situated just above the famous Jezzine waterfalls, Al Chalouf is the best place in Jezzine for great views and a tasty mezze. Enjoy your lunch surrounded by Jezzine’s pine forests at a height of 75 meters over the valley.
Contact: 07 781774
WHERE TO STAY
Maison de la Foret
Maison de la Forest is an eco-lodge perched among the pine forests that cover the mountains surrounding Jezzine. Their sprawling property hosts several rustic lodge-style rooms and the hotel specializes in organizing outdoor activities. They have a climbing wall, ropes course, and bikes available for rent on the property, making for a great stay in one of Lebanon’s most beautiful forests.
Contact: 07 800222/78 828252, lamaisondelaforet.net
Blue Jay Valley
Set in the heart of Jezzine, Blue Jay is hidden in a green valley abundant in pine and oak trees. The property, made up of bungalows and luxury tents, is a lovely retreat, providing guests with luxurious accommodation and restful nights under a starry night sky.
Contact: 07 811112/ 78 880088, bluejayvalley.com