Altitude: Distance from Beirut:
885–1,100m 123km Dense Calabrian pine forests extend on the hills surrounding the villages of Mazraet El Touffah, Ejbeh, Aitou and Sebeel. They cover more than approximately 3km2 and include gall oak (afess), kermes oak, cypress (sharbeen), storax (loubn), juniper (ar’ar), hawthorn (za’rour), hyssop (zoufa), orchids, sage (kas’ine), Syrian oregano (zouba’) and endemic Lebanese oregano (mardakoush lubnani), along with St John’s Wort. The forested area is accessible from the surrounding villages and Meziarat. The landscape features abandoned terraces that were once cultivated with wheat and semi-circular terraces for wheat thresh, old houses, old churches and a water mill. Enjoy outdoor activities in the area, including hiking to El Keif, Dalil, Sifon and Rechta’mout, biking and sightseeing tours, or simply take a picnic and enjoy the panoramic views. If you aim to cross the borders between villages, hikes to Wadi El Karakir, Mereh and Bnache’et are available with ecotour operators.