(18 - 20 km)   

   Once a small quiet town, since the 1970’s Jounieh has grown into a densely built-up area of high-rise buildings, hotels and large resort complexes. Its beautiful bay, excellent restaurants, night spots and shopping attract visitors from all over.
   To get a sense of Jounieh’s style, try strolling down the main street of the old town near the sea-front.  
Enjoy the tropical palm trees, glitzy restaurants and the shops. At the same time, a traditional flavor remains; two hundred of Jounieh’s old houses have been earmarked for preservation.

    Driving north along the town’s old seacoast towards Maamaltein, you will find a well-preserved Roman Bridge across the River Ghazir, which once formed the boundary between the Crusader County of Tripoli and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem  In Maamaltein the Casino du Liban tempts visitors with slot machines, American Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat and Casino Stud Poker, as ell as restaurants, a theater and a night club.
    Just south of Jounieh, Kaslik has its own special identity thanks to its yacht harbor, beaches, art galleries,, and posh restaurants. The yacht harbor, which belongs to the Automobile and Touring Club of Lebanon, has space for about 100 boats of all sizes, with room for visiting yachts as well. The club organizes annual car rallies.
    Less than one kilometer north of the yacht harbor is the Shrine of St. George. Set in an ancient funerary cave known as Al-Batieh, it was made into a place of worship and Christian pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Here supplicants light candles do St. George and the Virgin Mary, or bathe in the waters to ensure fertility. This is also the traditional site of St. George’s battle with the dragon.
    At Sarba above Jounieh is the Greek Catholic monastery of the Holy Savior. It was built in 1883 on a Mamluke a period fortress, which itself was constructed on a Roman temple. The principal monastic building rests on the 6 to 7-meter walls of this vast Roam temple probably dedicated to the god Serapis. A bas relief head of Apis, the Bull-go, can be found in the middle of the north wall of the cella, in the third course of masonry. It faces to the left, not outward. The original temple probably had a subterranean passage through the cliff to the grotto of St. George, far below.
    Nearby Zouk Mkayel village, although swallowed up by the growing metropolitan area of the capital, still preserves its old town center with traditional houses. Zouk Mkayel is known for its weaving, including brocades and traditional stripes. A number of weaving workshops can be seen in the town’s old souk, an attractive traditional street restored in 1995. In addition to artisanal workshops, there are cafes, restaurants, shops and terraces overlooking the sea and mountains. There are signs at the approach of the Souk, located about 10 minutes up the mountain from the coastal highway.
    In Zouk Mkayel, they also make delicate almond marzipan in the shape of flowers.


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