Sidon from the south and drive on the road leading to Tyre.
When you reach the Siniq river, 4 Kilometers south of Sidon,
turn left to go to Darb al Seem an old village famous for its
beautiful scenery. Worth visiting is the sixteenth century
church, although it is hard to spot because it is surrounded
on three sides by buildings. Funerary caves containing
sarcophagi have been found in the village, but these are no
longer in evidence.
Continue to Maghdushe, 2 kilometers east of
Darb al Seem. At the entrance of the locality, the statue of
our Lady of al Mantara rises on a high hill. There you can
enjoy breathtaking view of Sidon and of the orchards
surrounding it. Next to the statue is the church, a natural
cave where, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary used to
wait for Her Son when he came preaching in the area. On the
8th of September of every year, the people of Maghdushe
celebrate the feast of the Virgin. All the believers of the
neighboring villages participate in this event, which is
accompanied by shows and festivals. This famous and popular
ceremony, which attracts a large crowd, led to the opening of
several restaurants where the pilgrims can eat and rest.
Maghdushe is also famous for orange blossom
water extracted from blossoms of bitter orange trees found in
large numbers in the village.