Located in the very center of West Bekaa, Joub Jannine is a friendly village full of interesting sites. Its rugged plains, historical riches and natural wonders make it a destination worth exploring.
Located just over 60km from Beirut, Joub Jannine can be reached via the Beirut-Damascus International Highway. Follow the road towards Sofar and onto Dahr El Baydar. Leave the highway at Zebdol in the Bekaa and pass by Kefraya before arriving in Joub Jannine.
What to do
Joub Jannine is home to one of the oldest bridges in the Middle East — The Roman Bridge of Joub Jannine (built in AD 704). Sadly, the bridge collapsed in 1943, but it was rebuilt with the same rocks and is currently almost identical to the bridge the Romans constructed.
Designed in the 1950s, the souk el sabet (Saturday souk) provides locals with a space to sell their goods. You can find an array of fruits, vegetables, spices and other products at the market, and the prices are very fair.
Joub Jannine is home to many Christian and Muslim holy sites, including Saint George Greek-Catholic Church, Saint Nicholas Greek-Orthodox Church and the Al Omari and Omar Bin Khattab mosques.
Château Kefraya (+961 8 645333/8 645444) is located just 10 minutes away by car from Joub Jannine. Once there, take a
tour of the vineyards and treat yourself to a delicious meal at Le Relais Dionysos. The neighboring smaller Château Marsyas (+961 1 442082/1 443756) vineyard is also an excellent choice for wine enthusiasts.
The Jeb Jannine Wonderland Amusement Park (+961 8 660444) is one of the largest outdoor amusement parks in Lebanon, located near the municipal stadium. Unsurprisingly, it’s an ideal spot to keep kids entertained.
Where to eat
There are some small restaurants in the main square of Joub Jannine, but for an experience that will tantalize your taste buds, head to Château Kefraya’s restaurant Le Relais Dionysos (+961 9 951351), where you will be treated to a delicious meal and great vintages surrounded by vineyards.
Where to stay
While there are no hotels in Joub Jannine itself, the eco-friendly West Bekaa Country Club (+961 8 645601, wbccbekaa.com) is less than a 10-minute drive away. A leisure and wellness resort nestled in Lebanon’s lush Bekaa Valley, its charming rural houses seamlessly blend with nature to offer an oasis of peace and tranquility in a stress-free environment.