1500 m


Syriac origin, "Beit Shary", meaning "begin" or "strength and stability"

A former Phoenician village where cedar wood was exploited in antiquity, Bcharre rises to 1400m in North Lebanon, in the heart of a majestic and fierce nature. The village, with a rather urban character, stands out above all for its exceptional natural environment marked by the presence of two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the millennial forest of the Cedars of God and the Holy Valley of Qadisha, home to meditation and asceticism since the beginning of the Christian era. Several hermits still live today in the rocky slopes of the Qannoubine valley. The name of the village is also associated with the great writer Gibran Khalil Gibran whose works are exhibited in a museum established in the heart of the village. Beyond religious and cultural tourism, the village with high snow-covered mountains is a popular place for ski lovers.

Must-do things
Architectural Heritage
  • Saydet Bcharre church
  • Mar Saba church
  • Mar Mikhaël church
  • Mar Youssef convent
  • The medieval monastery of Mar Lichaa, nestled in the valley of Qadisha
Natural Heritage
  • The forest of the Cedars of God, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Holy Valley of Qadisha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a significant number of historic monasteries and hermitages as well as a remarkable cave in a unique natural setting
Cultural Heritage
  • The museum of the great Lebanese writer and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran
  • The Cedars festival held in July-August
  • The Cedars ski resort
  • A variety of hostels in the Cedars region
  • The hiking trail, section 7, Wadi Qannoubine-Bcharreh, of 13.7 Km (LMT association)
  • The hiking trail, section 8, Bcharreh-Bazaoun, of 19.3 Km (LMT association)
Where To Eat
  • Al-Nawraj: located in the village of Bazoun, this restaurant offers a nice selection
    of typical northern mezzes.
Nearby sites and villages