A quaint and welcoming town in the heart of the Qadisha Valley, Bcharre is a great place to stop en-route to the Cedars or stay for a few days and explore the sites. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in art, history and culture.
Where to sleep
Bcharre offers a number of reasonably priced hotels including the Tiger Guesthouse (06 672480) with simple rooms and a shared lounge and Bauhaus Hostel (bauhauslb.com). For a tranquil night’s sleep stay in the nearby Qadisha Valley in the old Saint Elisee monastery or the newer Deir Mar Lichaa (06 671559) or in the dormitories of Qozhaya – House of Prayers, Saint Anthony the Great Monastery (06 995504/5, qozhaya.com).
Where to eat
Bcharre is a rural retreat, with food to match from the homemade cuisine of Al Rif Restaurant (06 672090, 70 545562, past St Elisee Monastery on the road to the Qadisha Valley) to the picturesque location of Al Shallal Restaurant (06 671131) where a typical Lebanese menu can be enjoyed next to a waterfall. There’s also the well-known Le
Montagnard at Hotel Chbat (06 672672, Main Road, Bcharre) with an international menu.
What to see
Stop by the famed Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran’s former home and museum (01 396921/16, gibrankhalilgibran.org, LL5000) and don’t leave without a walk around the Cedar Forest of Bcharre. A daylong hike can be the best way to take in the breathtaking scenery, (libantrek.com, 33-north.com).