Jezzine is one of the country’s most beautiful districts. Surrounded by mountain peaks and pine forests, it promises visitors stunning scenery, beautiful weather and fantastic food. Take a look at our list of eight things to see and do there.
1- Bkassine Pine Forest
Bkassine lies next to the largest fruitful pine forest in the Mediterranean, spreading over 200 ha.
This forest is the most important feature of the village and is the main touristic attraction.
The Municipality is responsible of the management of the forest and of all activities taking place within. The forest includes several traditional features such as kilns, olive presses, old bridges, water sources and hydraulic mills representing an ideal location for ecotourism. The forest also offers a beautiful panoramic views of the Mount Lebanon ridge.
2- Jezzine waterfalls
At 74 m they are among the highest in Lebanon and have earned the town the title of ‘City of Falls’. According to Joe Naim, consultant of the Union of Jezzine Municipalities, “to see it in full force it is necessary to come in winter or spring.”
The Fakhreddine grotto is especially well known. Situated 500 m from the waterfall, it is a cave that Emir Fakhreddine hid in before the Ottomans captured and killed him. It was still used as a refuge for people of the region at the time of both the first and second world wars.
4- Religious sites
Phoenician and Roman archeological sites have been found, along with Roman water canals and tombs. The 1252 Church of the Lady of Bisri, the Monastery of the Lady of Machmouche (one of Lebanon’s largest and most important Maronite monasteries, is built on the burial site of Patriarch Semaan Awad), the Monastery of Bhannin, Monastery of Saint Peter and Paul in Qattin, the Monastery of Mzayraa, the Monastery of Saint Antoine and Saint Thècle Church in Bkassine are widely celebrated.
5- Hiking and trekking
The Lebanon Mountain Trail, is a long-distance hiking trail extending from Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south. The Jezzine region is one of the country’s most-loved hiking spots and showcases the natural beauty of Lebanon’s mountains. The Iris Flower Hotel hosts LMT hiking trips over distances both long and short – the choice is yours! Horseback trekking has gained in popularity worldwide over the years and is available now in Jezzine.
A selection of preserved foods for the winter months that Lebanon has become famed for. Jezzine specialties include pine nuts, olive oil, olives, soap, kechek, jams and Arak. Jezzine’s wine is also becoming more and more known. Medical herbs and locally made candles are other favorites.
7- Local handicrafts
Daggers made of inlaid mosaic and bone, and trademark ebony and bone handled cutlery, typically inlaid with mother of pearl, gold, silver and other precious metals. Of the cutlery, most favored are those with handles carved in the shape of a phoenix and vibrantly painted. This firebird cutlery has been presented to dignitaries all over the world, a tradition that began in the 18th century with a gift to the Sultans of Oman. All visitors to the Lebanese Presidential Palace continue to receive the phoenix-handled knife.
8- Wine and dine
Author: Joe Naim
Article published on July 20, 2011
Article edited on June 30, 2021