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Afqa - Mount Lebanon
(Source of the Adonis River and Temple of Venus - 71km from Beirut)

Afqa is the sacred source of the Adonis River (modern Nahr Ibrahim), where the waters emerge from a huge grotto in a cliff 200 meters high. It is here that the myth of Venus and Adonis was born. The story goes that while out hunting, Adonis was killed by a wild boar. Venus (the Phoenician goddess Astarte), who was his lover, tried to save him but she was too late. And so it is the blood of Adonis that each spring turns the torrential river to red.
 


Getting There ...
Travel north from Beirut along the coastal highway towards Byblos (Jbeil) passing through Jounieh, Tabarja, and El Aaqaybe.  Exit on the Qartaba off-ramp, just a few kilometers away from El Aaqaybe, heading uphill towards Qartaba.  Afqa is reached via Qartaba turning right at the town of Majdal. The final half-meter of road is a little rough. 
(See Mount Lebanon Map)
 

 


Camping at "La Réserve Afqa"
Nature-lovers and adventure seekers either individuals, families or groups can experience at La Réserve the pleasure of life in the wilderness during one day a weekend or several day at the camping site from May till November.
For more details, please
contact us.

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