Syriac origin, "Qaytoneh" or "Qatouleh", meaning "summering" or "killers"

Located on a hill surrounded by a pine forest, Qaytouleh offers hilly and green landscapes. In this preserved village, particular care is taken to the red-tiled pretty houses, old churches, small streets, a miniature souk and many lovely stairs. Qaytouleh is characterized by its cultural aspect since the famous Lebanese poet Ounsi el-Hajj was born there. A southern village that is worth visiting.

Must-do things
Architectural Heritage
  • Mar Mikhael church built in 1811
  • Mar Jeryes church
Natural Heritage
  • The pine forest surrounding the village
Cultural Heritage
  • Pine nuts, olives, olive oil, soap and charcoal production
  • A local festival at the occasion of Mar-Mikhael’s feast at the end of August
  • The hiking trail, section 21, Niha (Chouf)-Jezzine, 11.8 km (LMT association)
Where To Eat
  • The restaurant of la Maison de la forêt: a good Lebanese cuisine in this ecolodge located amidst the amazing Bkassine pine forest.
Nearby sites and villages
  • Bkassine pine forest, one of the largest pine forests in the Middle East
  • The waterfalls and hamlets of Wadi Jezzine
  • The labelled villages of Jezzine, Bkassine and Zawtar el-Gharbiyeh
A little further
  • The Maronite convent of Saydet Machmoucheh dating from 1732 and one of the most famous convents in southern Lebanon
  • The green valley of Bisri, sheltering the remains of a Roman temple