Beirut Lebanon Middle East Travel

Raouché: The Inspirational Rock

Standing in front of this natural wonder rising from the sea, I could not understand why lost souls would come there to contemplate or commit suicide. Beirut’s natural wonder left me with nothing but boundless inspiration.


The Raouché is to Beirut what the Cedar is to Lebanon, a timeless symbol of the city and its most famous landmark. Also known as Pigeons’ Rock, its Arabic name translates to rock and is believed to be a derivative of the French word rocher.

Most visitors encounter it on a leisurely stroll along the Corniche or a jog along the scenic promenade that hugs the Mediterranean coast. With its seaside cafés, restaurants and hotels, the area is a magnet for locals and tourists alike. While crowds take their turn to pose for the obligatory photograph, some well-informed local proudly recounts that it is a place where archaeological digs have revealed some of the oldest evidence of human communities in Beirut.

Inspired by natural beauty rising from the sparking Mediterranean sea, I would have loved to spend the late afternoon sitting at an outdoor café by the cliff-side and write, sipping a cold drink, entranced by the golden orb sinking into the calm waters.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.