3. OVERNIGHT STOP
Jisr el Qadi, a village on the Damour r iver between Beiteddine and Souk el-gharb, is definitely worth a visit. Here, local craf tsmen have made potter y for hundreds of years. Walk along the Damour r iver to discover beautiful canyons, before dr iving to the convent of the Saint Coeurs Congregation of Sisters (SSCC) Ainab in the midst of pine trees. The next day take the road to Aley and stop for lunch before continuing to Bsous to visit the silk museum (05 940767, thesilkmesuem.com). SLEEP Stay overnight in the convent of the Saint Coeur
Ainab (05410746) .
EAT Enjoy a picnic by the r iver in Jisr el Qadi. In the evening don’t miss a delicious meal cooked by the nuns of the convent of Ainab or stop at an Aley restaurant.
SEE Visit the potter y workshops in Jisr el Qadi and the histor ic br idge from which the village takes its name, built dur ing the Mamluk per iod over the Damour River by Emir Zayn ad-dine at-tannoukhi. In Aley see the open-air international ar t exhibition and visit the small zoo at Animal Encounter to discover dif ferent native animals and plants ( 05 558724, anuimalencounter.org).