An­toura- Harissa

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Alti­tude: Dis­tance from Beirut:

200–500m In the Kes­rouane re­gion, a large green ta­pes­try is made up of Cal­abrian pine, flo­rals and plants. For­est edges are com­posed of ker­mes oak, pis­ta­chio (bur­zok), Syr­ian maple (shrek), carob (kharoub), straw­berry tree, Mediter­ranean buck­thorn (ze­frine), Ju­das tree, or­chids, sage and rock­rose. The for­est ex­tends over ap­prox­i­mately 21km2 in the val­ley and the re­gion of­fers the 7km

(09 212212) start­ing in Ain­toura and end­ing in Daroun-harissa. A panoramic view takes in the Mediter­ranean Sea, oak wood­lands to the south and dense Cal­abrian pine forests to the north. The area fea­tures or­chards, a wa­ter­course and 15 monas­ter­ies, in­clud­ing in Ain El Ri­hane, which dates back to 1640 and the

El Qa­mar trail


Deir Hrash Lady of Harissa – Vir­gin Mary. Darb

Photos: Elsa Sat­tout

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