Lebanon is a beautiful family destination be it in winter or in summer. It was once known as the “Paris of the Middle East” and today remains a beautiful Mediterranean country, and a travel hot spot to watch. You can enjoy the beauty of the sea as well as the amazing mountains, and despite its buzzing nightlight there are lots of things to do and see with children. Lebanon has something for everyone, whatever your age and whatever your interests are you will find something that amazes you and leaves you wanting more.
We share with you our favourite summer days out in Lebanon.
- Be outdoor and enjoy the sun. Bring your scooters and feed the birds at Nejmeh Square. This is a safe area as no cars are allowed to pass which gives children the outdoor space to play, under the supervision of an adult.
- The urban park known as Horsh Beirut, is a green gem in the heart of Beirut. It is ideal for a family day out and a place for children to run wild and burn some energy.
- Enjoy a bike ride at Beirut Waterfront. The waterfront esplanade has views of the Mediterranean and the summits of Mount Lebanon to the east. Outdoor play is very important to build on physical activity, Beirut by Bike promoted the concept of biking for a healthy and environmentally friendly life style.
- Sanayeh Gardens is one of my favourites and one of the oldest public open-air spaces in the capital. The garden is a popular destination for walkers, joggers and children. They have suitable play areas, with swings and slides for children to play.
- A day at the beach is a must, with ice cream off course! There are numerous places around Beirut and Jiyeh area, which have family designated areas and swimming pools. Our favourite is the Sour public beach, with crystal clear blue waters and sandy beaches. Make sure you go prepared with all of your beach essentials.
- For book lovers, a visit your local library is great to unwind. Reading with your children will create a great hobby (with no screentime) and help their imagination grow. There are numerous libraries around town including one in Monot and remember that there is no app to replace to your child.
- For the adventurous ones, enjoy a family hike day at Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve. It is the largest of Lebanon nature reserves, and is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, with trails matching all levels of fitness and some short trails suitable for families. In order to restore Lebanon’s mountains to their original glory, The Cedars Forever program was developed to ensure the continuity of the Cedar – a species in danger of extinction. With this program, you are able to adopt a Cedar tree and plant it bearing the name of the person who adopted it as well as a serial number. You can come back and visit it at any time!
- Plan a picnic with family and friends. There are numerous places to recommend including Swings, and Abou Maroun in Kfardebian.
- Why not go on a camping weekend surrounded by nature and greenery. For our latest camping trip which I would really call glamping (glamourous camping, with beds and bathroom) was at Blue Jay in Jezzine. The kids enjoyed the outdoor pool by day, board games and nature walks and by night we all enjoyed a dinner by the campfire and it wouldn’t be complete with roasted marshmallows off course.
- Discover Lebanon with its variety of museums including Sursock museum which often organizes family events and workshops as as well as Planet Discovery, the children’s science museum in Beirut Souks. It offers hands-on learning and entertainment opportunities to the youth of all ranges through diverse exhibitions on the human body, social insects, physics, astronomy, geology, engineering and more- a perfect planet of curiosity!
Whatever you do, enjoy time with your little ones as they are only little for a short while. Middle East Airlines offers direct flight to Lebanon from London Heathrow.