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1- Rafting

One of the most do sport in Hermel is Rafting in Al Assi River.  Unlike other rivers, Al-Assi offers enough water depth all year round. The ride is 7 km long; you will follow the white stream for about 2 hours and a half and cross 3 waterfalls that will pump high your adrenaline. Jannet el Assi club owned by Mohamad Saab. You can contact Mohamad on 03454980Jannet el Assi club has its own rafting club, restaurant and ecolodge.

2- Wadi el Habis, Ferzol

Wadi al-Habees (The valley of the hermit), contains a group of Byzantine, Roman, and Canaanite tombs and stone temples.  The caves of Wadi el-Habis  occur at regular intervals and are partly natural, partly man-made. All are cut in the shape of a dome and most of them have a reservoir dug in the center, Look for a niche with a carved cone-like shape inside it. This probably represents a god sculpted in an archaic way according to local semitic tradition. Read more

3- Temple of Ain Hercha

(about a forty minute walk) along a rocky path, on a ridge-top to the west, higher than the village sits one of the best examples of a Roman temple in the vicinity of Mount Hermon. The temple of Ain Harcha can also be reached by walking down from the village of Ain Ata. Read more

4- A visit to Rashaya el Wadi

Rashaya al-Wadi  is an attractive little town seated on the western slopes of Mount Hermon. It lies in the South Beqaa 85 kilometres from Beirut, ensconced in the northern side of the valley known as Wadi et-Taim, from where there flow a number of water courses that feed the river Jordan. Read more 

 

6- Mar Maroun Cave, Hermel

The monastery, carved out of rock near the source of the Orontes (Assi) River, has been in decline for many years, as natural forces and shepherds seeking shelter from winter storms have taken their toll. According to some historians, Roman engineers were the first to inhabit the site, staying in an opening they carved into rocks while they worked to irrigate the surrounding areas. a Syriac monk (Saint Maron) is said to have inhabited the opening, and it became known as “the monk’s cave.” Read more

7- Oyoun Orghoch

Oyoun Orghosh is a name in plural form given to a high mountain region with an abundance of springs of water on the Eastern face of Cornet es-Sawda, the highest mountain of Lebanon that dominates the Beqaa Valley. Read more

8- Stone of The South or Hajar al Hobla, Baalbeck

The largest stone ever found in the world is the Stone of The South or Hajar al Hobla in Baalbek.  So how in the world did someone cut 1500 tons limestone stone with extreme precision, transport them and stack them 7 meters high?  According to the commonly accepted version of history, it would be impossible for ancient humans with very limited technology to accomplish such a thing.  Could it be possible that there is much more to the history of this planet than we are being taught? Read more

9- Qubbat Duris

The Qubbat Duris was built in  1243 ( 641) during the Ayyubid era. Its sarcophagus was raised or left standing to serve as a mihrab, helping to direct prayers towards Mecca. Its columns were probably removed from the ruins of nearby Baalbeck Citadel and are assembled haphazardly, one being upside-down. Read more

 

10- Saydeh Khawla shrine, Ballbeck

The shrine of Sayyida Khawla, the daughter of Imam Hussein and great grand daughter of Prophet Muhammad, is a religious tourist attraction which greets you at the southern entrance of the city of the sun, Baalbek, which was built during the period of the Roman rule. Baalbek was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Roman Empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon. Read more

Where to stay???

Domaine de Chouchene, Kab Elias: Domaine de Chouchene is set in a lush environment in the heart of Kab Elias. The property is great for walks, hikes, barbecues, adventure games and events in the middle of the nature. All 5 bedrooms offer private bathrooms and common areas come with a fully equipped kitchen, TV, fireplace, sofas, dining tables, books, board games, coffee, water and tea unlimited for our guests. Some rooms come with a balcony and view towards the garden, while others have a limited view towards the old village. Read more