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Jebel Akhdar

Growing an abundance of pink Damask roses that bloom in spring (late March, early April), this village is linked to neighbouring villages by the irrigation channels that keep the terraces watered. The village has a particularly stunning vantage point over Wadi Muaydin many meters below, making it a popular spot for a photograph. It's best to park outside the village and walk down as there's very little turning or parking space.

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2. Diana's Viewpoint

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