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700–1600m 145km Calabrian pine forests extend over 31.1km2, from the foothills where Qobayet village lies to the high peaks of the surrounding mountains. On the hills, Calabrian pine trees grow mixed with heather, rockrose, orchids, sowbread, oregano and sage. The area offers hiking, biking and camping as well as overnight accommodation in the forest at (03 542935). Hikes from the village can be organized to the highlands of Karm Chbat nature reserve; Qammoua and the Cilician, cedar and juniper forests; and the water source Naheh el Shouh in Akkar el Atika. Nature lovers can enjoy an indoor exhibition of birds and butterflies at the
Jabalna Ecolodge Permanent Scientific Museum for Animals, Birds and Butterflies
at the St Doumit Monastery (06 350004) or take in the many monumental shrines and old churches.