|Anfeh is an old town that goes to the Canaanite-Phoenician era. It was mentioned as “Ambi” in Tall-El-Amarina letters, in the 14th century B.C. It was also mentioned in the Assyrian engravings during the reign of King Asr-Hadoun (681-669 B.C).
During the Greek-Roman era, Anfeh was mentioned as “Trieres”, which means the ship with three rows of oars.
In the Byzantine Empire, “Trieres” was mentioned in a wider aspect. It was a patriarchal center, and its pastor participated in the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.C. It was destroyed by the earth quake that hit the Mediterranean eastern coast in the middle of the 6th century (551 A.C).
In the seventh century AC, Anfeh became a part of the Arab empire. It was mentioned in the Hadith of Prophet Mohammed that Anfeh was a strong barrier in the Roman sea. It is also known that Muawiya, the founder of the Umayyad dynasty, built a part of his military fleet in it.
The Crusades occupied Anfeh early in the 12th century. They called it “Nafin” and rebuilt its marine citadel.
In 1289 A.C, Al-Mamaleek lead by Sultan Qalawun obliged the Crusades to withdraw from Anfeh. They destroyed its marine citadel and threw part of its stones in the sea. Afterward, they made Anfeh the center of a district consisting of Al-Koura and Bcharreh areas.
During the Ottoman occupation, Anfeh became the administrative center for the Side of Anfeh that consisted of 13 villages and 14 farms. Later, it became the center of Qaza Al-Koura (district of Al-Koura) during winter, and a Serail was built in its southern area.
During the French mandate, Anfeh was an important base. During World War II, a military airport was built in Al-Sawdat, southern Anfeh.
Since the independence of Lebanon, in 1943, Anfeh has been playing a significant role in different social, academic, politic, and economic aspects of the country.
A local Guide will accommodate us and introduce the village from his perspective.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
The hike will be two levels:
Our hiking level 4, due to its privileged location on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea; it will be easy and beautiful trail of just 7 KM. First we will stop by a natural cave furnished and set up in an exceptional way. Then, we will go in one group and take an easy path leading to “Saidet el Natour”, an old historical monastery, due to its strategic location it was invaded by all kind of soldiers who passed through this area.
Later on we will walk in the old village rich in ruins and caves and visit a very old Byzantine church (Our Lady of the wind) and the Citadel of Anfeh located on a peninsula know as “Rass Anfeh” and considered as a Crusader residues characterized by its rock-cut channel (Al-Khandaq). Our Lunch will be there, we will encounter as well old graves, mosaic pieces, olive presses and Phoenician salt pans, where you can take a lot of unforgettable pictures.
Level 5 will have extension for the trail. Where will discover more landmarks in Anfeh.
At the end we will walk in Anfeh, discover the great landmarks like the Salinas, wind wheels, hills and caves.
On our way back to Beirut, we may stop in Batroun to drink fresh Lemonade.
Diversified.? Yes! You will encounter a lot of things in this hike!
Note: All Ecotourism Rules should be followed including Safety Regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.
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