While Byblos gets much of the adulation, Batroun, a short drive further north, is just as lovely, with the added advantage of having retained much of its authenticity.
Batroun’s dreamy old town, complete with narrow alleyways, ancient churches and traditional homes surrounded by lush gardens, is a pleasure to explore. There are varied attractions to suit every visitor, from fish and seafood restaurants set right on the sea and lively outdoor pubs, to charming boutique hotels that capture the leisurely pace of the beach lifestyle. You can swim in the Mediterranean, hike or bike the forested hills and even go wine-tasting at nearby wineries. Here’s a look at what makes Batroun such a special place, in summer and year-round.
Batroun’s whitewashed homes and its scenic seaport
Batroun’s traditional old souk
Pebble beaches abound in Batroun and its vicinity.
The town is also renowned for its Phoenician sea wall. This ancient archeological relic was used by the Phoenicians as protection against storms and invading armies
The old souk’s cobblestone alleyways
Beit al Batroun is a five-room bed & breakfast owned by Colette Kahil. The place has a pool and enjoys a serene setting
Colonel is a microbrewery, restaurant and pub founded by Jamil Haddad and offering a wide selection of homemade beer
Ô-Glacée is one of Lebanon’s most popular beach bars and summer resorts
St. Stephen’s Cathedral was built by Italian architect Giuseppe Maggiore in the early 20th century
Ixsir, which opened in 2008, is one of Lebanon’s most reputable wineries. The place also has its own restaurant, where you can enjoy local and international specialities while sipping on Ixsir wines
Seaside restaurant Chez Maguy, owned and operated by Maguy al Mouhawas, serves fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood specialities in a simple yet congenial setting
Jammal restaurant, established in 1981, is Batroun’s most iconic restaurant, specializing in fresh fish and seafood dishes
Mayouli bed & breakfast is an idyllic hideaway a few minutes away from the shore