48 hours in the Shouf
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.