Syriac origin, "Ain Qbo", meaning “stagnant spring” or “cisterns”

Ain el-Qabou is one of the villages in Lebanon that has preserved its rural authenticity and a timeless atmosphere. The origins of the village date back to Roman times where it is said that a spring was discovered by digging the nearby mountain, which would have made the village lands very fertile. Its pretty houses scattered at the foot of a hill of pines and its panoramic view of Mount Sannine offers the visitor who strolls along its streets an unparalleled scenery. Its trails are punctuated by incredible rock formations, including the most famous, the rock of Tanios, which served as the title of Amine Maalouf’s novel, Goncourt prize in 1993.

Must-do things
Architectural Heritage
  • Mar Challita church
  • Mar Jeryes church
  • Mar Semaan el-Aamoudi convent dating from the 18th century
  • A historic fountain with Greek inscriptions
  • The dilapidated Trad residence
Natural Heritage
  • The valley of Baskinta
  • The young pine forest
Cultural Heritage
  • The local agrotourism
  • The house of the Lebanese writer Amine Maalouf
  • The activities related to the Baskinta Trail (The Rock of Tanios)
  • The thematic hike around the sources, section 14, going through Ain el-Qabou (organized by the LMT association)
  • Baskinta literary trail hike passing through Ain el-Qabou
Nearby sites and villages
  • Mount Sannine
  • The ski resort on the heights of Qanat Bakich
  • The labelled villages of Baskinta and Kfaraqab