(15 km from Batroun)
A coastal town with a superb natural location, Chekka is the
site of cement and paper factories which lend an unfortunate
industrial aspect to the area. Nonetheless, the nearby Ras
ach-Cha'a, known as "Theouprosopan" (the Face pf
God) in classical times, is an acclaimed beauty spot.
A chalky headland that juts into the sea,
it is the site of the village of Hamat and the Monastery of
Deir Nouriyyeh. Two other churches, Deir Mar Jeryius and Deir
Mar Elias, are also worth visiting. Mar Elias church on the
heights of Ras ach-Chaq'a overlooks the Musalyha Castle and
the green Joze River valley below.
The scenic seaside road of Ras ach-Chaq'a
has some lovely views and there are good beaches nearby.