The Raouché, a timeless symbol of Lebanese capital Beirut is its most famous landmark. Off the coast of Raouché, there is a natural landmark called the Pigeons’ Rock, its Arabic name translates to rock and is believed to be a derivative of the French word rocher. It is also known as the Rock of Raouché.
This 60-meter high offshore rock couple was formed in the prehistoric era by a geologic movement. These two huge rock formations, made of sedimentary pale soft porous limestone rock eroded over millions of years, stand like gigantic sentinels on the Mediterranean Sea.
The 10-kilometer long al-Manara Corniche, the seafront promenade named after the lighthouse, is lined with palm trees and runs all the way from Ain al-Mreisse until past Raouché.
People love to walk along the corniche at any time of day, but during sunset it is especially busy. Especially in the late afternoon and evening, it is a social spot where playing children, cyclists and joggers are gratefully using the wide pavement. Some fishing enthusiasts are also seen angling for fish and I saw them getting some good catch!
The Corniche lends itself to watching the sunset while leaning on the banister and enjoying the sound of the sea.
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. According to Wikipedia, the shores near Raouché have yielded the area’s oldest evidence of human existence, flints and basic stone tools, which are displayed in the AUB Archaeological Museum.