Ammiq is a tranquil village set in the heart of the Bekaa Valley. Surrounded by lush wetlands and rugged mountains, the village feels worlds away from bustling Beirut. Explore one of the largest freshwater wetlands in Lebanon, visit boutique wineries and sample a bounty of local produce.
Things to do in Kherbet Kanafar
Ammiq is a gateway to one of the most beautiful freshwater wetlands in Lebanon. The pristine Aammiq Wetland protects a 100-hectare zone of marshes and lakes that once blanketed the Bekaa Valley. Trails wind through the wetlands and can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Hire a guide to enrich your hiking experience in the park.
More than 250 species of birds have been recorded in the Aammiq Wetlands, which is part of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve. The biodiversity is a testament to its status as an important migration route for birds travelling between Africa and Europe. There’s a chance to spot rare great spotted eagles, as well as animals like wolves, wild boar, porcupines and gazelles. You can also see water buffaloes grazing in the wetlands.
More than a restaurant, Tawlet Ammiq offers local farmers a chance to showcase their produce. The culinary institution boasts a beautiful setting in the Bekaa Valley and serves mouth-watering Lebanese meals. Wine lovers from across Lebanon flock to Chateau Kefraya, as the boutique vineyard produces some of the best wine in the country, including an award-winning reds and whites. Tour the vineyards and enjoy lunch at the stylish restaurant.
Getting around Kherbet Kanafar
Ammiq is located in the Bekaa Valley, a 1.5-hour drive from Beirut. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Bekaa Valley at your own pace. Bicycle rentals are available at the main entrance to the Ammiq Wetland. Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport is a one-hour drive away.