Top things to do in Qadisha Valley

Monastery in Qadisha Valley

Deir Qannoubin

From where the Qadisha road meets the valley floor, it's a 5km (1½-2 hour) walk to the serene still-working convent of Deir Qannoubin, probably the oldest religious community in the valley (some sources date the bui…
Museum in Bcharré

Gibran Museum

According to his wishes, the body of poet and artist Khalil Gibran (1883–1931), author of the much-loved The Prophet (1923), was interred in the chapel of this 19th-century monastery built into the rocky slopes of a…
Cave in Bcharré

Qadisha Grotto

Extending around 500m into the mountain, this small grotto contains some impressive limestone formations. Though not as spectacular as Jeita Grotto near Beirut, its evocative setting makes it worth a visit. The grot…
Church in Qadisha Valley

Chapel of Mar Marina

Just beyond Qannoubin is the Chapel of Mar Marina, a female saint who, disguised as a man, lived as a monk at Qannoubin for many years before being accused of paternity of an illegitimate child. Other versions have …
Monastery in Qadisha Valley

Deir Mar Elisha

Near where the winding Qadisha road hits the valley floor is one of the most important monasteries, Deir Mar Elisha, which can be accessed by car and now functions as a simple museum. Hewn out of the rock face, its …
Monastery in Qadisha Valley

Saydet Hawqa

In the Qadisha valley below the village of Hawqa, this monastery (Our Lady of Hawqa) can be reached by a 4.5km path beyond Deir Qannoubin. It's a picturesque, simple spot built into a cave and dating originally from…
International in Bcharré

Masa

This modern cafe-bar on the main road (opposite the more noticeable RTC restaurant) makes a pleasant venue for tasty grilled meats served with fresh-cut chips, poutine, pizzas or a beer on the small deck with valley…
Monastery in Qadisha Valley

Deir Mar Antonios Qozhaya

The working monastery of Deir Mar Antonios Qozhaya is in the northern section of the Qadisha valley between the villages of Hawqa and Ehden and accessible by car. It was the Maronite see in the 12th century and has …
Monastery in Qadisha Valley

Deir Mar Semaan

In the southern section of the valley, accessed via a path just over a kilometre west (ie further from Bcharré) from the main road down to the valley floor, the 12th-century Deir Mar Semaan is a simple, rustic spot …
International in The Cedars

Le Pichet

The restaurant at Le Cedrus Hotel is the best at the Cedars, offering everything from fondue for two to burgers, pastas and Levantine mezze and grills. The bar tends to stay open later on weekends.