Zahle is known as the bride of
the Beqaa, and is much appreciated for its healthy climate, red-roofed
houses and its good food. It is considered as the capital of the Beqaa, and is
the seat of government for the Beqaa. All amenities are available here, with
hotels, good shopping and souvenir shops. Zahle's many beautiful old houses can
be appreciated on a leisurely walk around the town.
The main attraction, however, is the
Bardaouni River, which flows out of Mount Sannine through a wooded gorge
shut in between tall perpendicular rocks, down to Zahle. Along this branch of
the Litani River there is one open air restaurant after another. All are
protected from the sun by awnings and leafy trees, while streams, fountains and
pools cool the air. Zahle is home of the Mezza and of Arak and it lies at the
heart of an area that has been making wine since early antiquity.