It was known since ancient times as fertile and abundant with springs. Thus, its Aramaic name, meaning “big pools of water” for its abundance of water sources.
Findings attest to the times of the Phoenicians and that the Greeks and Romans explored it, lived in it, and traded with the natives; pieces of currency of these three great civilizations could be viewed in two of the town’s old churches.
Al-Qubayyat, also written as Kobayat, was at a very important trade route for these civilizations towards Rome, including the Byzantine, and had also witnessed historical conflicts with the Umayyad dynasty.
In addition to many of these ancient sites, Al-Qubayyat is worth the road trip North for its amazing natural sceneries and outdoor activities, including hiking and camping.