If you’re looking for a reason to add Jezzine to your list of places to visit this season, you’ve landed on the right page! USAID’s Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) project is working on raising the profile of the district and helping it improve its tourism offering. We unveil five of Jezzine’s most iconic sights.
1. Jezzine Waterfall
Jezzine’s spectacular waterfall cascades down from a height of around 90 meters into a pool of clear water. It is surrounded by lush greenery and scenic views of the surrounding landscape.
Visitors can reach the site by hiking a scenic trail, which takes them through a pine forest and past several natural pools and small cascades.
A popular spot during the summer months, the area around the waterfall is ideal for picnics, and camping, with several camping sites and resorts located nearby.
2. Jezzine Water Source
The main water source in Jezzine, which flows through the town and provides water for agricultural, industrial and domestic purposes. In addition, there are several springs in the area that also serve the town. One of Jezzine’s most well-known springs is the Azibeh Spring, which is located on the road leading to Shouf and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
3. Pine Forest of Bkassine
The pine forest in Bkassine is a natural reserve and is one of the largest pine forests in the country. The forest is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including oak trees, wild boars and wolves.
The forest attracts hikers and nature lovers thanks to its pretty hiking trails and picnic areas. Adventurous visitors can also enjoy horseback riding or mountain biking. Furthermore, a campsite is available within the reserve for those who wish to spend a night or more in the heart of nature.
As the pine forest is considered an important natural heritage site in Lebanon, efforts have been made to preserve and protect it from deforestation and other things that threaten its biodiversity.
4. Farid Serhal Palace
The Farid Serhal Palace is a splendid mansion that was built during the second half of the 20th century by Dr. Farid Serhal, a prominent Lebanese businessman and politician.
It exudes elegance, featuring a mix of Oriental, Indian and Ottoman architecture. Intricate stonework, and a large central courtyard define this unique property. The interior of the palace is decorated with colorful frescos, intricate plasterwork and marble floors.
During the Lebanese civil war, the palace was abandoned. However, it was partially restored in recent years and today serves as a cultural center and museum that showcases the rich history and heritage of the Jezzine region.
Visitors to the palace can explore its beautifully preserved interior, admire the architecture and learn about the history of the Serhal family, as well as the town as a whole.
5. Souk El Sedd
Jezzine’s Souk El Sedd is a bustling marketplace that offers a wide variety of goods, including fresh produce and handmade crafts, particularly the famous firebird cutlery. Visitors can enjoy wandering around its winding streets, watching artisans at work and experiencing the unique culture and hospitality of the region.
For further information or to arrange a visit to Jezzine, call Khalil Harfouche (+961 3 928 518).
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This article is part of a joint project to promote tourism destinations across Lebanon, launched by the Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) activity, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Hospitality Services. The content of this article is the sole responsibility of Hospitality Services, and does not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.Loading