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,