- "Antura" and "Aintoura" redirects here. For the plant genus, see Carissa.
|Governorate||Mount Lebanon Governorate|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
It is a picturesque town in Mount Lebanon, known for its moderate climate. Winters are mild while summers are hot, with average temperatures between 28–33 °C (82–91 °F). The origin of the town's name in the Syriac language means mountain spring, a reference to the famous spring near the top of the town. Antoura is situated in a small valley facing the Mediterranean sea and surrounded by mountains from the other three sides. Pine and oaks forests surround the town while its houses are nestled among orange and almond groves.
The inhabitants of Antoura are Lebanese and followers of the Maronite Catholic church. The main families in Antoura are the Hajj Youssef (Originally: Hajj), Akiki, Abi Nakhles, Safi, Salameh, Khalil, Sfeir, Malha and Salem.
Antoura is known for its schools, such as Collège St. Joseph Antoura and the Lebanese Canadian University - ESIG. Many literary and public figures of Lebanon and the Levant were educated in its schools, such as the poet, May Ziade, the journalist and owner of An-Nahar newspaper, the father of the late Gibran Tueni and former Lebanese ambassador Ghassan Tueni, the politicians Kamal Jumblatt and Maurice Gemayel, and former Lebanese presidents Suleiman Franjieh, René Mouawad, Elias Sarkis.