Small but mighty, Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve might only cover less than 1% of Lebanon’s landmass but it’s home to 40% of the country’s species of flora and fauna. This includes more than 150 varieties of birds, including the endangered corncrake, eagles, kestral, mammals such as deers and wildcats, and several species of snakes and lizards. If you keep your wits about you as you walk here, these can be spotted scurrying through the undergrowth or soaring above you.
This is one of the easier locations for walking in the Qadisha area – trails are well-marked through the reserve and broken down into lots of short sections, making it straightforward to link a few up to create a total length of your choosing. If you’re travelling as a family, this is one of the most suitable places in the region to go walking with children.