NAT­U­RAL EX­HIL­A­RA­TION IN THE SHOUF

Lebanon Traveler - - REGION THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYES -

The largest of Le­banon’s na­ture re­serves, Al Shouf Cedar Na­ture Re­serve stretches from Dahr Al Baidar in the north to Niha Moun­tain in the south. Blan­keted with oak forests on its north­east­ern slopes and ju­niper and oak forests on its south­east­ern slopes, the re­serve’s most fa­mous at­trac­tions are its three mag­nif­i­cent cedar forests: Maasser el Shouf, Barouk and Ain Zhalta - Bmohray. Al Shouf Cedar Na­ture Re­serve is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for hik­ing and trekking, with trails match­ing all levels of fit­ness. In win­ter the land­scape can be par­tic­u­larly stun­ning. Guides are avail­able at the re­serve, where you can also rent equip­ment for snow­shoe­ing (05 350250, 05 350150; info@shoufcedar.org; shoufcedar.org)

SLEEP Beit Salim Al Achkar Baz Guest­house Eid Guest­house

Ho­tel Calmera

A num­ber of guest houses are avail­able, in­clud­ing in El Khreibe (03 354558), in Baadaran (03 702944), in Ain Zhalta (03 217299), while other (03 382940) and the both in Barouk. op­tions in­clude (03 630056),

Guest­house EAT Nazih Hous­sam El

Tourist

Le­banese restau­rants in the area of­fer a warm moun­tain am­biance with cozy fire­places: (05 240540), (03 387228), (03 865143; 05 241666), and the in Barouk (03 630056).

Barouk Tourist

SEE As­saf Mu­seum Baytna Al Mam­laka Shal­lalat Al

re­cently opened its doors in the vil­lage of Bos­sail close to Ain Zhalta. The mu­seum is ded­i­cated to the art of con­struc­tion and sculp­ture, and is set amid beau­ti­ful gar­dens. (Con­tact Man­sour As­saf 03 737528)

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