(42 Km from Batroun)
Tannourine lies in a
splendidly beautiful area near the mountain of the same name.
The village also shares its name with a cedar forest of some
60,000 trees. These cedars can be seen along the road that
goes north to Hadath al-jobbe, which, although in poor
condition, wends its way through wild and isolated scenery up
to the Qadisha gorge.
In and around Tannourine village are
numerous scattered remnants from pre-Roman, Roman and
Byzantine times. The Crusader Church of Mar Chalita is further
evidence of its long history and even today the saint is
honored in an annual feast on August 20.
The Village of Balaa in the Tannourine area is known for its
large sink hole. (Ask for directions to the balouaa). A
300-meter walk brings you to a dizzying open cavern some 250
meters deep. Three natural bridges - the middle one is the
most spectacular - complete the scene. And if you visit in
spring you'll also discover an impressive waterfall some 90
Besides the sink hole, which will occupy a good deal of time,
the surrounding hills invite exploration. This is a pleasant
place for a picnic as well.
Along a pretty river al Jouze, which runs through the wooded
Valley of Tannourine are many attractive restaurants offering
Lebanese food. More good restaurants in natural settings are
found round Laqlouq.