Distance from Beirut: 43km
From Beirut, take the
Antelias road, than to Bekfaya, Bteghrine, Baskinta, or take the Antelias
to ward Jounieh, Yassouh El Malak passing by Ajaltoun , Faytroun,
Kfardebian to Baskinta.
Baskinta is situated at an
altitude of 1200 meters above sea level,
at the foot of Mount Sannine.
It is renowned for its natural beauty and moderate climate, with
a magnificent view of surrounding
mountains. It is the
birth place of Mikhael Nouhayme. Baskinta is becoming a cycling spot for the
Mountain Biking amateurs with plenty of technical off road trails and a
developed cycling community.
From Baskinta mountains it is possible
to climb to the 2,628 meter summit of mount Sannine, starting off at Nabaa
Sannine, a village 7 km up the mountain.
Mikhael Nouhayme (1889-1988)
one of Lebanon's greatest thinkers and men of
letters, as well as companion to Gibran Khalil Gibran, and who personified
Baskinta natural scenarios in most of his writings. It was here in a hut
surrounded by extraordinary rock formations that
Nouhayme drafted much of his monumental
Baskinta in History
carries the ruins of monuments, cemeteries, and
numismatics, pottery remains that date as back as the Phoenician and the
Greek ages. The Greeks knew Baskinta and built in it fantastic palaces of
which enormous stones, pillars stands, and underground passages still
exit. Golden numismatics, coins, jewels that belonged to the Queen Helena
have been found too and they go back in time to the reign of Suljok and
Antokhios the 1st, the 2nd and the 3rd. Bacchus temple in the place known
as Bakish-canal, connotates Bacchus, the god of merriment and wine in
Greek mythology In addition to its ruins, there are lustrous hotels, and
luxurious chalets sought by ski fans.
Information From the Ministry of