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 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
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.
Measuring 1,300 meters in length, the Chabrouh Dam, located just above Faraya, is one of Lebanon’s largest dams. Not only can you take a fantastic photo of it, you can also hike the trail around the dam’s perimeter or snowshoe. Equipment is available to rent at the entrance.
Faraya is often associated with skiing and other winter sports. Whether you are an advanced skier or just a beginner, you can be sure to find the right piste.
Where to Eat
As a tourist hot spot, Faraya has a wide variety of restaurants offering cuisines that range from Lebanese to Mexican.
For a quick bite, stop at Street Eats (+961 81 857739) in Faraya Square where you’ll find tacos, burgers, sausages and chicken wings on the menu.
If Lebanese mezze is what you’re after, you can eat at 3al Beit (+961 3 552468), a casual restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Tarik Al Nahel (+961 3 737394) or Jiwar Al Amar (+961 3 955416). Chwarat (+961 271265) is another option, which features a pretty garden and lovely views.
Alternatively, El Mexicano (+961 76 424 980) is a great choice for authentic Mexican cuisine cooked by Mexican chef Fernando Gomez.
One of the most well-known spots in Faraya is Rikky’z (+961 3 120201). Consisting of a giant wooden house with a terrace and garden, Rikky’z hosts unforgettable parties, with spectacular views to match.
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 and the Villa — a boutique property with five rooms — Trinity 5 is ideal for families or small groups.
Located on the main road, Faraya Village Club (+961 9 320 666) boasts an alpine decor, an international restaurant, outdoor pool and free ski shuttle.
Viletta Di Faraya (+961 76 188 220) offers cozy studios and chalets as well as an outdoor pool.Loading