This splendid mountain resort, 78 mi/125 km northeast of Beirut, is perched above the eastern end of the beautiful Kadisha Gorge. The town's red-tiled roofs, olive groves and mountain scenery are reminiscent of a Greek village—or a half-dozen other scenic spots along the eastern Mediterranean. It's popular both as a cool summer retreat for coastal dwellers and a winter base for snow skiers. Sightseeing options include several churches and the Gibran Museum, which pays tribute to Kahlil Gibran, Lebanon's most famous author and Bcharre's native son. Bcharre is a convenient base for visiting the Cedars of Lebanon or hiking in the 30-mi-/50-km-long valley below. Note that the road leading east from Bcharre over the mountains into the Bekaa Valley (and to Baalbek) is open only July-October.

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