Ouadi Qadisha or Qadisha Valley Lebanon Valley was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1998. It only Maronite Christian monasteries abound in the Middle East, with amazing scenery. The whole valley is full of caves and shelters, used for thousands of years. The Sacred Valley of Qadisha, land was always alone, and monastic refuge headquarters since the early years of Christianity. Among many Christian groups, the Maronites are the most numerous, but there were Jacobites, and Armenians. We stayed for the night in the town of Bcharre, and early the next day we decided to walk in the valley. The landscapes are amazing, you see greenery on both sides of the mountains on the way down, you see the snowy peaks, crossing streams generated by snowmelt and see the chapels and monasteries which have complex parts installed inside caves. In addition to going through an arc of rock with a waterfall in the middle, we visited the monasteries of Mar Alichaa, Saydet Hawqa Qannoubine and Assi. If you go to Lebanon, don´t miss out on this visit.
The wild valley of Bekaa runs for many kilometers along the Lebanese border with Syria to the northeast. The main centre of the valley is the town of Zahle, though Baalbek is best-known for its archaeological site, which is a must if you're in the area. The valley is in the northern part of the Rift Valley, the deep rift that goes down into Africa. There are vines here that produce good wines, and even hashish and opium poppies that are exported illegally. There are two rivers, the Orontes and Litani.