What you need to know before traveling to Matn

Matn (also spelled Metn) is a district in the Mount Lebanon Governorate of Lebanon. It is in the central part of the country, east of Beirut. It is popularly known as the Northern Matn District, and is not to be confused with Southern Matn, which is part of the Baabda District. Your budget hotel in Matn is a good base from which to explore the capital city, Beirut, or to tour the Lebanese countryside and see some of the interesting little communities.

Matn has many quaint towns and villages. You can see everything from a little-known Roman aqueduct between Mansourieh and Hazmieh, to the mountain biking center of Baskinta. In the town of Antelias there is a large marina and a beach that attracts people from all over the country. It was here in the caves of Ksar Akil that the remains of a 30,000 year old man were found. These caves are very popular with spelunkers. You can also visit the 19th century St. Elie Church. In the mountain village of MarMoussa you can see the 18th century Maronite monastery, Deir Mar Moussa. The town of Bikfaya is famous for its stone houses with red-tiled roofs. This is a very popular summer destination. Guests staying in discount hotels in Matn come for the climate and the curative powers of the Naas natural spring. Among the sites to be seen are the Armenian Genocide Memorial, Pierre Gemayel Memorial Square, and the 16th century Saint Elias Chwayya Monastery.


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