With a mountainous interior and long coast, Lebanon offers plenty of scope for activity.

Hiking opportunities are good, with the Qadisha Valley area particularly appealing. For a longer challenge, the Lebanon Mountain Trail runs along the spine of the country. Various operators including Liban Trek, Living Lebanon, 33 North and Lebanese Adventure can arrange hiking trips and other outdoor activities.

In winter, skiing is popular and the resorts have the advantage of being within easy range of the coast. Ski Lebanon has all the information you need on winter sports.

Cycling is still a nascent pursuit in Lebanon but is growing fast. Cycling Circle is an excellent point of contact and information.

Along the coast, several operators offer diving and snorkelling, including Stingray Diving in Jounieh.

Lebanon Mountain Trail

Running between Andqet in the north of the country to Marjaayoun in the south, this 470km self-guided hike passes through more than 75 towns and villages at altitude ranging from 600m to 2000m above sea level. The trail was devised by the non-profit Lebanon Mountain Trail Association to showcase the beauty and natural diversity of Lebanon’s mountain regions and to enhance economic opportunities in these regions by promoting responsible tourism. For information about the trail, including details about organised walks (the main walk that you can join is in April) and links to local guides and ecotourism operators, see the association’s website (www.lebanontrail.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LebanonMountainTrailAssociation).

Hiking the trail alone is not advisable, as it's badly marked and regularly changes. If you don't speak Arabic, you'll find it difficult to reserve in guesthouses, which often won't open unless they've been booked. Camping is generally not possible.

The most experienced operator for guided hikes on the trail is Liban Trek. Living Lebanon can also arrange hikes and organise guesthouse bookings. 33 North is another operator that runs hikes on the trail. Booking the association's April group walk for all or part of the route is another excellent way to hike it.