A charming hillside town on Mount Lebanon, Aley emerged as a popular summer destination at the end of the 19th century when a interconnecting railway linked it with Beirut in Lebanon and Damascus in Syria. Characterized by its natural stone and red roof buildings, surrounded by fragrant cedar trees, the town’s scenic beauty has attracted the privileged elite from around the Middle East. Many own summer homes here, while some have made this beautiful city their permanent residence. After its recent downtown revival in 2001, Aley rose in prominence as a popular tourist destination, giving rise to an array of shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations, including numerous delightful alfresco cafes and restaurants that form a part of the ubiquitous Middle Eastern café culture, celebrated widely in Lebanon.
From surfing to skiing, historical sites to trendy nightspots, you will find plenty to do in Aley. Spend leisurely weekends strolling down “Souk Aley”, the palm-fringed boulevard at the heart of the town, dotted with high street brands and antique stores, indulge in the various outdoor activities at the numerous sporting clubs around, or take a Dabkeh class on a whim with the famed Rajanaveda Dance Academy! Longer weekends give you the opportunity to explore the rest of Lebanon, only a short ride away. Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Byblos, one of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world, or lose yourself in the winding lanes and souks of Beirut, once known as “the Paris of the Middle East”, an enchanting blend of Levantine and Mediterranean cultures that keeps visitors coming back for more.
Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport
Visitors per year
1.3 million (all Lebanon)
Hot, dry Summers, June – September
Average Temperature: 38ºC
Cool Winters, December – March
Average Temperature: 10ºC
Kadisha Valley National Museum of Beirut
Gibran Museum Archeological Museum
Saint George Maronite Cathedral
Al Bustan International Festival of
Music and the Arts
Baalbeck International Festival Zouk Mikael International Festival
Tyre and South Festival Beiteddine Arts Festival Memorial Day Parade Summer Dancefest
Lebanon Country Fair
Established over 100 years ago, overlooking the capital city of Beirut, Universal College – Aley (UCA) is a learning community committed to providing children with a very nurturing and highly individualized learning environment with a strong reputation of academic excellence. UCA is a college preparatory school, licensed by the Lebanese Ministry of Education, offering the Lebanese Baccalaureate or the American Diploma. UCA was restored and re-opened as an Esol Education school in the year 2000, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).