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Zahlé is no­table for its tra­di­tional red-roofed houses, old souk and dec­o­rated fa­cades typ­i­cal of lo­cal 19th Cen­tur y ar­chi­tec­ture. It has 38 churches and 7 mosques. On the first day, take a walk in the old city and ex­tend the prom­e­nade to the Ber­dawni r iver where you can en­joy a Le­banese Zahlawi mezze . Later visit the Maqâm of Karak Nouh shr ine and at the end of the day watch the sun set­ting over the Bekaa Val­ley from the shr ine of Our Lady of Zahlé. On the sec­ond day visit Wadi El Habis in Four­zol, the tem­ples of Niha and fin­ish the day with the Maqâm of Nabi Ayla in Nabi Ayla. The fol­low­ing day, take a long stop at Ksara winer y for a morn­ing wine tast­ing, fol­lowed by lunch, be­fore head­ing home. SLEEP Make the lodge Rassem­ble­ment des Je­unes (08 545200) your base for the week­end.

EAT En­joy a mezze with old school Le­banese charm by the Ber­daouni River in Zahle, a de­li­cious sand­wich at Mas­saad Bar­be­cue (08 807677) , or have a pic­nic un­der the trees in front of Niha tem­ples. Stop on the way home for cheese and wine at Ksara win­ery (08 813495).

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