If you haven’t visited the pine forests of Bkassine, you are long overdue.
The village is part of the Jezzine district in South Lebanon, about half an hour’s drive from Saida. There’s a great place to eat within the forest, run by the people behind the trendy Beirut restaurant Tawlet. You can try some local specialities such as Jezzine Kibbeh (left) and Jezzine potatoes (center).
I love how the restaurant seems designed to preserve the trees around it:
We paid $20 per person for a spread of small plates and grilled meats. But I’m sure there are cheaper restaurants in the area.
Try to go around sunset to watch the mountains turn purple behind the forest.