Etymology:Syriac origin, "Qabyoto", meaning "cisterns"
Al-Qobayat is one of the largest villages in Akkar. Located in the far north of the country, it is spread out on the side of the valley and enjoys a unique natural environment, including the Qarm Shbat reserve, a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. This village is home to archaeological remains from prehistoric times with a cemetery dating back to 3000 B.C. and bears witness to the passage of the Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Arab civilizations. Today, one can admire unique places of worship in Al-Qobayat, such as the miraculous church of Saydet el Ghessaleh, as well as monumental shrines like Mar Elias, Mar Challita and the Convent of Mar Jeryes. A fertile valley with a unique heritage.
- Saydet el-Ghessaleh miraculous church
- Mar Jeryes convent
- Mar Doumit monastery built by the Carmelites in 1836 on the remains of a pagan temple dating from Roman times
- Mar Challita old sanctuary whose foundations date back to the Roman era and which has recently been restored, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated believer
- The old district with typical black stones constructions
- Mar Elias old sanctuary
- The remains of an old silk farm dating from 1862
- The millennial forest of Qamouaa, sheltering juniper trees, oaks, cypresses, cedars, cilician fir trees …
- Qarm Shbat, a unique nature reserve
- The pine forest around the village
- Qobayat International Festival taking place in August with concerts of Lebanese and Arab stars
- The local festival celebrated in August on the occasion of Saydet Al-Ghessaleh’s feast
- The hiking trail, section 0, Andqet-Al-Qobayat, 16 km (LMT association)
- One of the most beautiful hikes in the beautiful forest of Qamouaa
- Al-Murjan: a nice Lebanese restaurant offering good mezzes in a friendly atmosphere.
- The Tannour of Andaqit: one of the last traditional Tannours, on the road from Andqit to Oudine valley, worth a visit for its delicious manakichs over a wood fire.