Fun with friends: Alita, Machnaqa
Take the road toward Artaba and stop in Alita at the Modern And Contemporary Art Museum (MACAM) which features four halls of contemporary art, before continuing to Machnaqa’s Roman ruins site on a plateau above the Adonis river, Nahr Ibrahim.
A short drive from Adonis, the lodge of Beit El Mahabba( 09 420493) is known as a great place for retreats, but also has a stunning view over the valley.
The choice is yours: either head further into the mountains to enjoy a lunch of fresh local produce or head back towards the coast for fresh seafood at one of many Batroun seafront food spots. Local guide Randa Zaarour (71 883738) can also organize a meal in a village house in Machnaqa.
Take a sunset walk around the remains of Machnaqa’s Roman site with local guide Zaarour for an insider’s knowledge. You’ll see everything from a temple’s ruins to steles, a church and an ancient necropolis.