Today, I take you to the sumptuous village of Deir el Qamar, where a beneficial and idyllic atmosphere reigns…
Heading south, following the coastal road to Damour from Beirut, then branching off towards the mountain, you reach Deir al-Qamar, literally "The Convent of the Moon".
This magnificent little village, located 850 m above sea level, is bordered, on the right, by the beaches of Damour and on the left, by the majestic Chouf mountains, where nature reserves and the Cedars of Chouf are enthroned.
The Chouf mountains, fiercely protected by the inhabitants of Deir al-Qamar, are of one exceptional greenery. They are full of streams and rivers majestically bordered by olive trees, apple trees and crops of grapes and vines.
Deir al-Qamar is characterized by its beautiful stone houses and its red tiled roofs facing the Beiteddine Palace, which I told you about my visit in this article.
Some houses date from the beginning of the 20th century, and are still in very good condition. Not to mention the gardens and the vegetation, simply magnificent.
The village has ten churches including seven Maronites, one Orthodox and two Greek. The only mosque that we find there dates from the 15th century, while we also notice the presence of an impressive synagogue which closed its doors several years ago.
Chosen as the capital at the beginning of the 17th century by the powerful Fakhreddine, Deir al-Qamar seduced for a long time for its multiple water points as well as the beauty of its natural environment. The town now houses one of the best vestiges of provincial architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Nicknamed the "City of the Emirs", Deir al-Qamar bears witness to an important historical richness, marked by the extraordinary "Palace of Moussa", crazy construction built in the 20th century.
In the main square of Deir el Qamar, you will find a few restaurants serving delicious Lebanese food.
There is also Bachir, the famous Lebanese ice cream parlor which created a huge buzz when it recently opened in Paris.
Finally, you can stay in wonderful hotels, including Deir al Oumara or the Lebanese Host and Beyt El Jabal.
In short, you will have understood it, if I chose Deir al-Qamar in this guide is that it is a village and more generally a region that you MUST visit during your stay in Lebanon…