Religious Getaway: Maad
The small village of Maad is home to the 10th Century church of St Charbel, known for the unique frescos that adorn its northern room. The original structure may even date back to the 6th Century; it was built on the foundations of a Roman temple and many architectural elements and columns of the temple remain. Go with local guides Ghalieh Hajj (09 750139) or Rene Habib (09 750142) for an authentic Maad experience. Sleep Spend a relaxing night at Beit El Kahen, The House of the Priest (Reverend Toufic Abou Hadir 09 750370, 03 288211; www.beitelkahen.com). Eat Enjoy a manoushe at Snack El Day’a (09 750142). See Visit the historic churches of Maad, Saint Charbel and Saint Rafqa, traditional old houses with frescos (Naoum A Hajj 09 750063, 09 750001) and the unique snail farm of famous Lebanese singer Tony Hanna.