Rooted in the Bekaa, Chtaura is a town located 44 kilometers from Beirut, halfway along the famous Beirut-Damascus Highway. It is considered a commercial hub in the Zahle District.
Chtaura connects to Zahlé, Baalbeck, Lake Qaraoun, Marjayoun and Damascus and is situated 900 meters above sea level. Famous for its production of dairy products and its strategic location in the Bekaa, the town is a busy center for commerce and trade.
Take the Beirut-Damascus Highway out of Beirut and follow the signs. You will pass Aley. The journey takes around an hour.
What to Do
The Emile Hannouche Museum
Emile Hannouche, a respected art enthusiast, decided to share his beloved collection of over 900 Lebanese paintings and unique Melkite pieces by opening the Emile Hannouche Museum in his hometown of Chtaura in 2017. The high-ceilinged walls of the museum display an array of works, including Melkite pieces and oriental icons. The mansion is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and there’s even a restaurant on site.
Wine lovers can visit several wineries. Founded in 1868, Domaine des Tourelles (+961 8 540114) is known for its delicious wines, its arak — “Arak Brun” — and liqueur. Wine tours and tastings are available subject to prior reservation.
If you happen to visit Chtaura during the harvest period, check out the harvest trail for some fun activities.
Those interested in shopping can visit Chtaura Mall (+961 76 077222). Cascada Mall (+961 8 514314) in nearby Taanayel is home to many international brands, and you can have launch at the famous Amaleen restaurant (+961 81 600000).
Where to Eat
Chtaura is renowned for its dairy production, and there are many shops along the main road serving fresh sandwiches. Laiterie Massabki (+961 8 540281), Hadwane Dairy Products (+961 8 540625) and Lakkis Farm Restaurant (+961 8 542490), Jarjoura Laiterie (+961 8 540150) are just a few options.
If you are going out at night, visit Skol pub (+961 8 800415).
Where to Sleep