Perched 1,650 meters above sea level is the renowned village of Faraya, a destination revered for its awesome ski slopes and epic scenery.
It is not surprising that Faraya means “the land of fruits and vegetables” in Phoenician. This fertile land has always given generously.
Located in the heart of Mount Lebanon, Faraya is an hour’s drive from Beirut. Take the highway north out of Beirut and take the Zouk Mosbeh exit toward Jeita. Continue on the Ajaltoun – Faraya Highway. Faraya is signposted.
What to Do
Faraya is often associated with skiing and other winter sports. The Mzaar Kfardebian ski area is the largest in the Middle East and has three connected sections that are great for skiing: Refuge, Jonction and Wardeh. Whether you are an advanced skier or just a beginner, you can be sure to find the right piste.
You can enjoy the Chabrouh mountains in summer by going on a hike. The trails are suitable for adults and kids, with or without a guide. There are also two waterfalls to admire.
Saint Charbel Statue
Atop the Mount of the Cross (Jabal El Salib) stands the largest statue of Saint Charbel. Since it was transported to Faraya in 2017 the 24-meter structure has attracted visitors from near and far.
Where to Eat
As a tourist hot spot, Faraya has a wide variety of restaurants offering cuisines that range from Lebanese to Mexican.
Where to Sleep
Set on a cliff, Trinity 5 (+961 70 183888) offers its guests stylish bungalow accommodation and impressive views. Comprising three beautifully furnished cabins, Trinity 5 also has a pool. It is ideal for families or small groups.
Located on the main road, Faraya Village Club (+961 9 320666) boasts an alpine decor, an international restaurant, outdoor pool and free ski shuttle.
Viletta Di Faraya (+961 76 188220) offers cozy studios and chalets as well as an outdoor pool.
For an altogether different experience, try The Dome (+961 70 331330), a unique glamping destination. You’ll certainly be mesmerized by the views.