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Discover Local Honey in Lebanon with Atelier du Miel: Trip to Tannourine

Honey [and adventure lovers], this post is for you.

We ventured last weekend to Tannourine with the honey experts at Atelier du Miel to get a firsthand experience learning about the art of beekeeping and local honey produced in Lebanon.

About Atelier du Miel

I’ll just brief you guys on Atelier du Miel in Lebanon before I get started on the awesome beekeeping workshop tour!

Atelier du Miel follows “transhumance”, a vital practice in beekeeping production. It’s the seasonal movement of beehives following the flower blossoming; instead of feeding their bees sugar, the team behind Atelier du Miel feeds them nature. This frequent movement additionally allows for diversity in honey varieties.

The entrepreneurs behind Atelier du Miel manage over 1,000 beehives around Lebanon producing roughly 15 tons of honey every year.

A Unique Honey Experience at Atelier du Miel

Visit one of many Atelier du Miel boutiques around Lebanon showcasing jars upon jars of delicious, sticky, sweet good-for-you traditional Lebanese honey. They have over 30 varieties of honey!

Atelier du Miel Honey Tasting Boutique

Winnie the POOH honey love

Many people (including yours truly) believe that honey should be liquid. However, at Atelier du Miel, you may find honey that basically looks, feels, and tastes like sugar. However, they make it their mission to educate and explain to their customers the difference between the different honey types based on the flowers they eat.

So let’s start the Atelier du Miel beekeeping tour, shall we?

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Honey Tour

Stop #1

Our first stop was at our meeting point: Atelier du Miel Workshop and Café in Mar Mikhael. We got to indulge in a tasty breakfast based on honey followed by a small lecture given by Marc, one of the founders of Atelier du Miel.

Atelier du Miel Breakfast Croissants Coffee

Atelier du Miel Breakfast Coffee Eggs

Atelier du Miel Beehive Beekeeping Workshop

Atelier du Miel Beehive Beekeeping Workshop

He taught us the difference between the types of bees and how the queen bee is fed royal jelly all her life making her live up to 5 years (versus the worker bee’s life span of 45 days). Did you just order royal jelly online? Thinking about it? Yep, me too.

Winnie the POOH honey love
Do I look any younger?

Once Marc finished his presentation, we were off to the mini bus to Tannourine.

Tannourine Lebanon Scenery Landscape Mountains Nature

Tannourine Lebanon Scenery Landscape Mountains Nature

Stop #2

We (finally) got to Tannourine after 1.5 hours in the bus. Where are the snacks?! Road trips = snacks.

We arrived at the home of a very welcoming family who takes care of the bees, and were offered freshly picked apples and pears with refreshments.

After our snack, it was time to suit up and check out the bees live in action in their hives.

Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Suit

Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Suit

Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Tannourine

Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Tannourine (3)

Did I mention that I’m terrified of bees? I lasted 2 minutes. Yep, just 2. It was probably not the BEST idea for me to be in the middle of them. T stayed with the others and learnt some cool stuff and got to see the queen bee. While I got to see a full demonstration of a bee sting one of the bee experts nearby – which I have to admit was cool to watch haha.

Gina conveniently captured the run away process for a demonstration of what NOT to do during a Beehive Workshop :’)

Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Tannourine
Here I was having a nervous breakdown and trying to keep cool.
Atelier du Miel Beekeeping Workshop Tannourine
Nope, I’m done. Bye.

Stop #3

It was now time for a traditional Lebanese lunch in the village at a lovely Tannourine family’s home. Best. Lunch. Ever. #adoptmeplz?

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Lunch Lebanese

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Lunch Lebanese

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Lunch Lebanese

I tried the famous “Kebbe Zghartawiye” for the first time, and while I know we aren’t in Zgharta, this was the best kebbe I’ve ever had. I preferred the one stuffed with meat and a mix of nuts – #suchflavour

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Lebanese Kebbe

For dessert, we enjoyed fruits, local desserts, and honey, of course.

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Honey Lebanese

Atelier du Miel Tannourine Honey Homemade
Homemade Halawet el Jeben with organic cedar honey!

We were stuffed. I don’t think anyone was able to move. 

We relaxed for a while enjoying the beautiful hilltop views before moving on to our next stop. 

Tannourine Lebanon Scenery Landscape Mountains Nature

Stop #4

Our final stop included the tour with Atelier du Miel was a church in Laklouk right before the famous lakes that you guys are seeing all over social media. (If anyone wants the location, let me know).

Church Tannourine Lebanon Sayidat Al Qarn

Obviously, it’s better to visit this spot in the morning when the sun is up. We got here at around 5pm and there was a lot of fog.

Laklouk Lakes Bohayrat Hiking Lebanon Nature

We walked around the area before it was time to go back to Beirut.

Laklouk Lakes Bohayrat Hiking Lebanon Mountains

Laklouk Lakes Bohayrat Hiking Lebanon Mountains

Laklouk Lakes Bohayrat Hiking Lebanon Mountains

Laklouk Lakes Bohayrat Hiking Lebanon Mountains

Stop #5

Of course, a road trip isn’t complete without ice cream. On the way back, we stopped by my favourite merry cream spot, Gelato Show, for a vanilla soft serve (which by the way is sugar free and takes 100 years to melt). It wasn’t part of the tour (additional 3,500 LBP), and we were still full from lunch, but there’s always room for ice cream.

Gelato Show Ice Cream Road Trip

It was a great and unique experience indeed to join the beekeepers and honey experts for an enlightening and fun exploration about bees in the beautiful Tannourine region. It’s not just about bees either, we got to see some beautiful sites in Tannourine and Laklouk which was well-worth the journey! Also, lunch was just – wow. The change of scenery (and air) alone was a relief.

Atelier du Miel Workshop Tannourine Laklouk


Atelier du Miel organizes beekeeping workshops on a frequent basis in different regions of Lebanon.

Price per person: USD 85 (+ USD 15 for bus transport)

Total time: 8:30am-8:00pm (around 3-4 hours spent on the road from and to Beirut)

For more information, check out the Atelier du Miel website and Facebook page or call +961-1-565975.

Atelier du Miel Honey Boutique Lebanon


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