Enjoy a hike by Nahr El Joz river discovering old watermills and bridges, with guide Mitri Sarkis (03 695181). Also, don’t miss the exceptional Orthodox monastery, Our Lady of Kaftoun, carved into rocks amidst olive and orange trees. The Theotokos Monastery houses a miraculous Byzantine icon from the 11th Century. A church in front of the monastery features 13th Century mural paintings, discovered during a 2003 renovation.
Eat Enjoy Lebanese mezze by the river at either Nahr el Joz Restaurant (03 840376), Spring Hills (01 681242, 03 388140) or Mountazah Nahr el Joz (03 675064). If you’d prefer to pack a picnic there is also a picnic area situated close to an old water mill where you can rent chairs and tables and even order a few mezze dishes and drinks.
See Hike in the natural reserve of Farid and Daad Karam (Guide Ali Maarouf, 70 239561), which extends over almost 60,000m².