South Metn

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Alti­tude: Dis­tance from Beirut:

450-800m 32km The charm­ing um­brella pine forests in South Metn, cov­er­ing a large area of ap­prox­i­mately 10km2, fea­ture Ju­das tree (za­mzarik), straw­berry tree (kat­lab), St John’s Wort (dmou’ leb­say­nat) and rock­roses in early spring. They are spread in the stun­ning val­leys be­low the moun­tain­tops of the vil­lages of Zan­douqa, Qsaibeh and Kneisse. High­lights within the re­gion in­clude

in Qsaibeh, the ru­ins of a and an

in Kneisse. Stay at a camp­site after hik­ing the area’s trails (Ray’s ad­ven­ture, 76 383333). Hikes in the re­gion can lead to the vil­lage of Sal­ima and Ras El Metn where you can visit the a Druze her­mitage site perched on a cliff, and Ot­toman mon­u­ments along the river.

Veron­ica Gi­u­liani church silkworm fac­tory

bridge Saint Ot­toman Serail of El Lam’iyine,

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