Set in pine forests some 800m above and 17km east of Beirut, Beit Mery (‘House of the Master’ in Aramaic) is a lazy weekend getaway for Beirutis seeking respite from city pollution. The town dates back to Phoenician times and is home to some Roman and Byzantine ruins.
About 4km northeast of Beit Mery is Brummana, a resort town connected to Beit Mery by a continuous strip of hotels, eateries, cafes, shops and nightclubs. In summer it’s hugely popular with Beirutis escaping the city heat and has a carnival-like atmosphere, especially on weekends. There’s nothing particular to do here except to eat, drink and go clubbing; be aware that it’s extremely quiet outside summer season and weekends.