Lebanon Traveler - - GATEWAYS -

En­joy a hike by Nahr El Joz river dis­cov­er­ing old wa­ter­mills and bridges, with guide Mitri Sarkis (03 695181)

. Also, don’t miss the ex­cep­tional Or­tho­dox monastery, Our Lady of Kaf toun, carved into rocks amidst olive and or­ange trees. The Theotokos Monastery houses a mirac­u­lous Byzan­tine icon from the 11th Cen­tury. A church in front of the monastery fea­tures 13th Cen­tury mu­ral paint­ings, dis­cov­ered dur­ing a 2003 ren­o­va­tion.

EAT En­joy Le­banese by the river at ei­ther Nahr el Joz Restau­rant , Spring Hills(01 681242, 03 388140)

or Moun­tazah Nahr el Joz (03675064) . If you’d pre­fer to pack a pic­nic there is also a pic­nic area sit­u­ated close to an old wa­ter mill where you can rent chairs and ta­bles and even or­der a few dishes and dr inks.

SEE Hike in the nat­u­ral reser ve of Far id and Daad Karam (Guide Ali Maarouf, 70 239561) , which extends over al­most 60,000m².

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