1. HALF DAY
EAT Enjoy a Lebanese mezze at Fourzol restaurant or plan for a picnic under the beautiful cypress trees in front of Niha’s temples.
SEE Take in the Roman temples of Niha and Wadi Al Habis (The Valley of the Hermit) with a number of tombs, and shr ines cut into the rock from the Roman and Byzantine per iod. At Wadi Al Habis (The Valley of the Hermit) funerar y caves, rock chapels and an ancient quarr y can still be obser ved and visited here and the view overlooks the valley where cherr y trees and vineyards grow side by side. Then, continue to Niha, (Fortress of Niha) which lies around 8km nor theast of Zahle, to visit the Roman temples; they are worth the detour. At the far end of the village you’ll find two well-preser ved temples dedicated to the god Hadaranis. The two other imposing temples, known as Hosn Niha are located high above the village, a ten-minute car dr ive away in the rugged hills, which surround Mount Sannine.