3. MEET SANTA CLAUS Hammana
Prominent French writer, poet and politician Alphonse De Lamartine called Hammana Valley “one of the most beautiful prospects ever presented to the human eye to scan in the works of God.” Ever y year the Municipality of Hammana organizes a small festival to celebrate Chr istmas. It’s a great place to pick up Chr istmas gif ts made by local ar tisans and soak up the festive spir it. Kids can also meet Santa, as he makes his yearly visit to Hammana, of fer ing sweets and posing with them for a photo (05 530109, 05 530049, Hammana Municipality.)
SLEEP Soha village (05 530109, 05 530049, sohavillage.com) is a new resor t containing chalet rentals, a fullscale restaurant, gazebos, eco-lodges and many other attractions. A stay here, on the Al Knaiseh Mountain, of fers a stunning view overlooking the majestic La Martine Valley.
EAT Enjoy a Lebanese meal at Chaghour Hammana (03 379844, 71 544534), a charming restaurant by the water and old water mills.