Koura or El Koura
(Arabic: الكورة) is a district (in Arabic qadaa) in the North Governorate, Lebanon.
Koura is one of the 36 districts of Lebanon, which is very popular for the olive tree cultivation. It is known by its dark green color.
A total of 62 villages make up the Koura area. Koura's capital is the town of Amioun, (24000 official inhabitant, statistics of 2006, but less than 5000 permanent residents).
It is geographically diversified, so present 3 types of land, a costal side to the Mediterranean sea, a large olive plain and include some villages in the mountains.
Koura/ Al-koura/ El-Koura
Kfarhata, one of Koura's villages, is stated by many international figures to be "Heaven on Earth". It is mainly an Orthodox Christian district.
The olive plains of El Koura are estimated to be the largest olive plains in the world.
Kouranian people were living for centuries from this kind of agriculture. It has been known that the olive crop in the area is of extremely fine quality.
The importance of Kouranian olive trees is that they offer an excellent quality of olive oil, extracted through the cold manner.
It is also known in Lebanon, that El-Koura is the “human-cistern” of extremely educated people, mostly because during the 20th century, major changes impacted local population at this district (which was based on agriculture of olive, olive oil and olive soap production, and with lesser extent on cultivation of grapes and silkworm cocoon), and modified it into a now highy educated society in Lebanon.