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Ecotourism tours

A trip to Bentael Nature Reserve should include a couple of days enjoying the sites of the nearby villages. Continuing on the nature theme, the village of Haqel, to the northeast of Bentael, is famous for its collection of fish fossils that are millions of years old. Further east and climbing further into the mountains, the village of Jaj contains a cedar forest which is a remnant of one of the oldest and largest cedar forests in Mount Lebanon during ancient times. Also, the village of Behdaydat is known for its famous Saint Theodore Church known for its frescoes on the walls. In addition, visitors can see a Phoenician stone sculpture representing sacrifices near the reserve.

Within 5 km west of Bentael is the coastal town of Jbeil (Byblos), one of the most important archeological sites in Lebanon. A visit to Jbeil is a chance to step foot inside one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world – its excavated ruins date as far back as the Stone Age and extend through the more recent Ottoman era. North of Jbeil is Aamchit, known as the "bride of Jbeil", with its lovely seaside climate and interesting architecture.

Southeast of Bentael and east of Jbeil is the mountainous village of Aannaya, where the St.Maron Monastery and St. Peter & Paul Hermitage are located. Aannaya is a famous pilgrimage site, because it is where the highly revered St. Charbel Makhlouf is entombed.

• Local Breakfast in a well equipped kiosk situated on the main entrance of the reserve "Belle vue entrance" with a hike in the reserve is launched this year and managed by the reserve.


Bentael Nature Reserve has organized in conjunction with Kafr Club the annual race that takes place for the second time on the Independence Day. This 6.5km-race starts from the park house of the reserve in Bentael and finishes in Kafr club. Participants of all ages ran from Bentael to Kafr on November 22, 2011

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