Fo­cus on

48 hours in the Shouf

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The Shouf re­gion in Le­banon stretches over a sur­face of 495km2 (4.7 per­cent of Le­banon’s en­tire sur­face) and is lo­cated in the south­ern part of Mount Le­banon. The re­gion rep­re­sents the best prospect for long-term con­ser­va­tion: unique scenic land, an­tiq­uity, arche­o­log­i­cal sites, rich moun­tain­ous na­ture, and, above all, au­then­tic peo­ple who still main­tain their cus­toms

DAY ONE MORN­ING

While driving up to the Shouf re­gion from Beirut, you will pass by one of Le­banon’s pret­ti­est vil­lages, Deir el Qa­mar. The vil­lage has an in­ter­est­ing his­tory that re­flects the coun­try’s tol­er­ant re­li­gious roots, once host­ing a church, sy­n­a­gogue and mosque within its cen­tral square. Start the day with a cof­fee on the ter­race of Beit al Qa­mar (03 661411, soukeltayeb.com/beit-el-qa­mar), a tra­di­tional Le­banese home trans­formed into a guest­house. Af­ter­wards, take a walk along the streets of Deir el Qa­mar to get a real taste of the beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture of Le­banon’s old vil­lages; char­ac­ter­ized by red roofed houses and arched win­dows.

Photo: Zeina Zeined­dine

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