Rural retreat: Mtein village
In the heart of Metn, Mtein village dates back to the 15thcentury. The Lebanese government recognized the importance of the village’s heritage, issuing a decree in 1957 that placed its historic sites under protection. Mtein village is notable for its feudal architecture. The Abillama Emirs, who moved here at the start of the 16th Century, left behind many of their grand buildings.
Stay overnight in the Qontar Guesthouse (04 295043, 03 236062), a grand palace that was once the
residence of Emir Qabalanabillamah.
In summertime Kheirallah restaurant's (03 312288) wonderful terrace can host hundreds of guests, and in winter the restaurant moves to cozy indoor surroundings.
Visit the central square, the ancient silk factory, winery, olive oil press, and Mir Abi Lamaa tomb. The West Palace is notable for its enclosed window balcony and the South Palace for its doorway.