Jezzine is Lebanon’s hub for nature tourism due to its breathtaking mountain views, pine forests and waterfalls. The area has become a refreshing getaway for visitors seeking a picturesque mountain retreat away from the city.
Take the highway south out of Beirut and head towards Saida. Turn inland at the Nejmeh roundabout and continue until you see signs for Jezzine.
What to Do
A haven for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Jezzine boasts incredible pine forests that are aching to be explored. Take a guided walk with a specialist operator or simply enjoy wandering around solo.
At 74m, Jezzine’s waterfall is the fifth highest in the world attracting tourists from all over the country. You can experience the waterfall by hiking down to its base or enjoy a meal in one of the cafés at its summit.
A number of souvenir shops can be found in the old souks of Jezzine, many of which sell the famous firebird cutlery. Visit the workshops of craftsmen like Boulos Bou Rached to see cutlery being manufactured firsthand.
Situated 500m from the Jezzine waterfall, this cave is where Emir Fakhreddine hid before the Ottomans captured and killed him. During the First and Second World Wars the same cave was used as a refuge for people of the region.
Where to Eat
Situated just above the famous Jezzine waterfalls, Al Chalouf (+961 7 781774) is the best place in Jezzine for great views and a tasty mezze. Alternatively, enjoy succulent grills and mezze at Jannat Al Sanawbar (+961 3 780524), another popular restaurant in Jezzine.
Where to Sleep
Maison de la Forest (+961 7 800222 / +961 78 828252, lamaisondelaforet.net) is an eco-lodge perched among the pine forests that cover the mountains surrounding Jezzine. Their sprawling property hosts several rustic lodge-style rooms and the hotel specializes in organizing outdoor activities. They have a climbing wall, ropes course, and bikes available for rent on the property, making for a great stay in one of Lebanon’s most beautiful forests.
Set in the heart of Jezzine, Blue Jay Valley (+961 78 880088, bluejayvalley.com) is tucked away in a green paradise abundant in pine and oak trees. The property, made up of bungalows and luxury tents, is a lovely retreat promising guests restful nights under a starry night sky. Surrounded by the beautiful green valleys of Jezzine, Iris Flower Hotel (+961 7 781999, l-iris.com) is a comfortable and relaxing three-star property.
Consisting of 15 chalets around a small pool, L’étoile du Loup (+961 7 781425, etoileduloup.com) is located on the top of the hill in Jezzine. It is an excellent choice for families and small groups.