Lebanon is a country particularly appreciated for its atypical villages. Today, I invite you to discover Eddé, one of the rare villages on the Lebanese coast that has kept the charm of an old village, despite the advances in technology and the intensive urbanization brought about by the presence of Byblos, just next to.
The village of Eddé takes its name from several possible origins. Eddé could be a word of Syriac or Aramaic origin, meaning “laurel”. The village also has a large number of laurels growing in its streets. But the word Edde can also be of Canaanite origin and mean “strength” or “arm”. A name mentioned in the Bible to express resistance, hardness and defiance.
Located 41 km from Beirut, and 5 km north of Byblos, the village of Eddé extends over a vast hill caught between two valleys which descend towards the sea. at an altitude of 300 m.
This hill offers a magnificent landscape made up of beautiful stone houses and old churches surrounded by a multitude of small gardens, woods and ponds.
Among the most popular tourist attractions in the village of Eddé, the Saint Georges church stands out for its foundations which date back to the Phoenicians. Its discreet charm continues to interest visitors from different countries.
The village of Eddé is also an agricultural area made up of a succession of terraces, valleys and vast fields dominated by a majestic hill. It is said that it was once an inexhaustible source of cereals, olive trees, vines, fig trees and carob trees. The interior of the village continues to please for the oak forest, the olive groves and the remarkable afforestation found there.
Inhabited by brave, hospitable, courageous and honest people, the village of Eddé lends itself to all kinds of activities. Club, festival, dinner and outings are often organized in the largest tourist complex Eddésands, located by the sea.
Eddé is also enriched by an exceptional architectural heritage marked by the Mar Jeryés (Saint-Georges) church, the Mar Lichaa (Saint-Elysée) church dating from the 7th century and the ruins of the Mar Youhanna wa Tadros church ( Saints John and Theodore).
In the surrounding area, other equally typical villages also invite you to explore: the old town of Byblos erected around 5000 BC; the labeled villages of Maad, Ain Kfaa and Mounsef; the Bentaël nature reserve; the historic center of the city of Amchit with its palaces and emblematic churches; the village of Bekhaz with its plunging view of the sea and the village of Gharzouz with its sheer view of the sea and its church Saïdet el Niyah (Our Lady of Lamentations) erected around 500 years ago.