The village of Faraya Mzaar is not very interesting. There are very few shops and there is no visible nightlife outside the Intercontinental Hotel. However, there are new developments all around. It would not surprise me if Faraya Mzaar is developed into a beautiful and cozy ski-in ski-out village in a few years.more
If weather conditions at Faraya Mzaar do not please you, you may want to visit the Jeita caves. They are at about 45 minutes driving by car. In March 2006, I paid 60 US $ for two way transport by taxi, including one waiting hour for the taxi at the caves. Additional waiting time was charged at 10 US $ per hour. You should reckon with a minimum of...more
The self-service restaurant at the top of Jabal Dib offers fries, hamburgers and some sandwiches with local meat. Mezzeh (the Lebanese version of the Spanish tapas) are not offered. The quality of the food is not bad, but there is little choise.The restaurant lacks the atmosphere that you find at La Cabane (see other tip). Many non-skiers visit the...more
La Cabane, situated at an altitude of 1,960 m right at the bottom station of the Cabane chair lift in the Warde domain, is the best place to get Lebanese food. Besides, it has a beautiful sunny terrace. If it is busy, they open the terrace on the first floor. The terraces are served, but it is also possible to get food at a counter. There are...more
Monot Street has pubs, clubs and restaurants popping up in an astonishing rate. Pubs close daily and new ones open or they just close for renovation.
Nightlife at it's best with a very trendy set of places and people.
My favorite is Mint Lounge bar. One of the trendiest spots and the coolest. A traveler will certainly appreciate the ambiance and thw atmosphere.
Much more details on Monot at MonotStreet.com the on-line guiode for the street
Dress Code: Anything Goes...be trendy and brave :)
prime taxi&tourism provides a transportation between faraya and all lebanese region to beirut or vise versa only by 30$
Most rental shops can be found on the lower floors of the Intercontinental Hotel. They have plenty choice of high quality equipment, not different than anywhere in the West. They also rent clothing, gloves etc. A negative thing is that they don't have heated storage systems for ski boots. So your boots are never fully dry in the morning. In the Intercontinental, there are also a few shops where you can buy clothing and equipement.
Additional rental shops can be found at the car parks of the Jonction and Warde Domains, as well as along the road from Beirut to Faraya Mzaar.
Faraya Mzaar is the skiing capital of the Middle East. It has around 80 kilometers of ski runs and 15 ski lifts. There is a wide variety of slopes, from easy ones for beginners to quite difficult ones. Off piste skiing is also possible. The Mzaar peak is a little less than 2500 meters. There is a bunch of places renting equipment for around USD 8...more
Ski passes can be obtained from selling points at the Warde and Jonction car parks, as well as at the bottom station of the Refuge lifts near the Intercontinental. Most skiers have a pass for the Warde and Jonction Domain, but not for the Refuge Domain. The reason is simple: you pay a lot more to get access to the two (uninteresting) Refuge lifts....more
Because of the short distance to the Mediterranean, Faraya Mzaar often receives fresh snow. There are plenty of modern grooming machines that prepare the runs quickly and professionally. One of the very good things is that they don't groom all the trails, but leave a few ungroomed. By doing so, they offer the skiers off-piste opportunities ON THE...more
Favorite thing: The views from the Dome du Mzaar are absolutely wonderful. I've mentioned and illustrated this in other tips as well, but here again some nice pictures.