Faraya

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Faraya
فاريا

Village

Faraya
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
District Kesrwan District
Elevation 1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Highest elevation 2,300 m (7,500 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,300 m (4,300 ft)
Population
 • Total 1,900
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Faraya (Arabic:فاريا) is a Lebanese village located in the Kesrwan District. Its altitude ranges from 1,300 to 2,300 metres (4,300 to 7,500 ft) above sea level.

Etymology and Geography[edit]

The word Faraya stands for "The land of fruits and vegetables" in Phoenician due to the its soil fertility . Orchards of the region of Chabrouh were famous all over Lebanon for their production of apples and pears. In 2007, the Chabrouh Dam was inaugurated creating one of the highest artificial lakes in the Middle-east region, but as a result, flooded more than three quarter of the orchards. The ski slopes are today the preferred destination for the region's visitors

Location and ski resort[edit]

Faraya is located in the Kesrwan District in Lebanon, 42 km away from Beirut (while driving, but 35 km away if straight), and it is 20 km away from Jounieh. Faraya has an altitude ranging from 1300 m to 2300 m. The road to Faraya from the coastal highway passes through Ajaltoun, Achkout, Faytroun, Mairouba, Hrajel and finally Faraya, it does extend to Ouyoun as Siman were is located the ski resort, but not to the Bekaa valley, on the other side of the Mount Lebanon chain.

Families[edit]

The most known families in Faraya are Khalil, Akiki, Bteish, Mhanna, Mema, Salameh, Daou, Abdallah, Nouwwar.

Climate[edit]

In winter, Faraya has a cold climate with snow accumulations that can reach more than 1.5 metres (5 ft) and temperature drops to −6 °C (21 °F) or lower are possible in winter. In summer temperature can reach in July and August over 30 °C (86 °F), and as in winter Faraya is a resort for many people..

Coordinates: 34°01′N 35°49′E / 34.017°N 35.817°E / 34.017; 35.817