Amsheet is a delightful coastal spot just a mile or two north of Byblos. It is famed for its woven baskets and mats alongside its beautiful citrus fruit and olive groves, but it also offers the discerning traveller a great coastal holiday destination.
Amsheet is not the biggest resort town in Lebanon, but it is close enough to the popular Byblos area to benefit from everything that is just ‘down the road’. At the same time, Amsheet offers pleasant sandy beaches, good swimming waters and the only dedicated coastal campsite, the Camping Des Colombes’, which has been in existence since 1950! As such, the beaches provide excellent bathing facilities, and you will also find a huge array of well thought of restaurants littering the coastline in this lovely region.
It’s fair to say that Amsheet does not have a huge amount to offer the winter traveller. Being close by to Byblos, it could be a rather pleasant retreat for the traveller looking for a quiet spot in the winter time away from Byblos, but many restaurants along the coast close down at this time of year. There are numerous landmarks to explore away from the summer sun, including the home of Ernest Renan, the French Philosopher who resided in this town back in the 19th century, along with his sister’s temple, found in the St Marie Church in the Zakhia family cemetery.
Amsheet can be a great place to visit as a family. It doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of other resort towns, which can be a distinct advantage for families looking for a peaceful place to stay by the sea. This is not to say that nothing goes on in Amsheet – far from it. There is a pleasant atmosphere throughout the summer months and the fantastic restaurants that you find along the seafront very much come alive, offering at times live music from traditional bands and some great seafood.
Singles and Couples
Amsheet could be looked upon as a great location for couples depending on what sort of holiday they are looking for. There is enough going on to keep most couples satisfied, with the obvious pleasant beaches available by day and the splendid range of restaurants by night, but for the more adventurous couple, it is always going to be a case of heading off into Byblos in the search for action and adventure. The same can be said of singles. If you’re after a real party atmosphere, then Amsheet isn’t going to be for you, but thanks to the close proximity of a more lively resort, it may just be that a group of single people will enjoy the slightly more laid back feel and be happy to head into Byblos when they are looking for something a bit more hedonistic!
Amsheet is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for delightful beaches, a slightly more laid back and quiet holiday, and great food and drinks, then Amsheet could tick all the right boxes.