Eye balm at Barouk

The oldest cedars in Lebanon are Arz el Rab, in the north near Bcharre and Wadi Qadisha, but Barouk has bigger forests, at about an hour from Beirut.

Barouk cedars 1

summer blooms

It’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat of the capital and soothe the eyes after an overdose of concrete and construction.

Barouk cedars 2

Barouk cedar

Cedars are particular in that they grow upwards for a few decades, then begin growing outwards, hence the sweeping tent-like foliage and those fantastic swollen trunks.

Barouk cedars 3


This is the first time I’ve managed to get close enough to see a cicada (une cigale). Usually you just hear them chattering boisterously in the trees above you. For an insect, it makes a real racket.

Barouk cedars 4

white flowers...

If anyone out there is knowledgeable with plants, I’d love to know what all these are called.

4 Responses to “Eye balm at Barouk”

  1. Rami says:

    The shouf cedar reserve is an amazing place, I visited last weekend and posted some pictures here http://www.plus961.com/2011/09/shouf-cedar-reserve/

  2. Ruslan Trad says:

    I love Bsharre province and North Lebanon. I was there in the middle of July and i`m inlove after my visit.

  3. Derek says:

    I want to go to there.

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