Around 90km from Beirut, located on a hill in the Nabatieh Governorate, is the beautiful rustic southern village of Marjeyoun.
The name, meaning meadow of springs, is in reference to the 50+ springs found in and around the town.
Entering the town after nearly two hours of driving somehow feels like you’ve left Lebanon and entered a new place, perhaps reminiscent of the rural countryside of Portugal.
The village is full of stunning historic heritage homes, surrounded by fields and orchards. The townspeople exude peak hospitality and make you feel like one of their own.
Marjeyoun is also the hometown of various notable figures, including writers, doctors, composers, and so on, such as Walid Gholmieh who was the director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.
Fun fact: Gholmieh also founded the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra that was featured in Gorillaz’s White Flag.