THINGS TO DO
There is a lot to do in and around Beit El Qamar. We would firstly recommend just relaxing and enjoying the Beit with your friends, your family and even on your own!
Bring a book…Have a coffee at the Pink table or around the Sobia; take a cooking class and get to know our cooks… Enjoy the colorful terrace and the vista… Find out what’s growing in the vegetable garden…
In the area, take advantage of the rich historical sites and the outdoor activities that are available.
Historical Sites :
Deir El Qamar was the capital of Mount Lebanon from the 16th to the 18th century. It still has its ancient palaces, churches, mosques and synagogues… The village has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.
Discover Beit El Dine, a historic and beautifully preserved town in the Chouf District. The village overlooks the valley of the River Damour, and is home to one of Lebanon’s jewels, the Beiteddine Palace. The palace was built in 1804 by Emir Bashir Shihab II, loyal vassal of the Ottomans, who ruled Lebanon from 1789 to 1840. The palace was his private residence and occasionally housed government until he was forced into exile in 1840.
Visit the Dany Chamoun Square, the main public square in Deir al Qamar. It is characterized by its central 19th century Midane fountain and grand minarette.
Discover the Fakhreddine Ist Maan mosque (1493), Mount Lebanon’s first mosque. Notice that its octagonal minaret is slightly tilted due to the 1630 earthquake.
Visit Saidet et Tallé, or Our Lady of the Hill (15th century), the church which gives Deir El Qamar its name.
Visit the Marie Bez Wax museum. It captures Lebanon’s most significant personalities and historical events and boasts a collection of over seventy wax figures.
Outdoor Activities :
Enjoy hiking, biking, donkey riding or snowshoeing in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the southernmost and largest natural cedar reserve in Lebanon. It encompasses thirty percent of Lebanon’s cedar trees.
Discover Baakleen’s wonderful waterfalls, known throughout the country for their beauty.
Visit the Kfarheem Grotto, which was discovered in 1974, and is over 4 million years old.