Are you interested in Mediterranean culture but do not want to travel too far from home?
Then Lebanon could be the destination for you, and we will explain why.
Nowhere else in the world will you find a country so firmly set in both the East and Western worlds.
Ancient heritage sites and middle eastern tradition blend beautifully with western fashion, architecture and a lively nightlife, particularly in the capital Beirut.
The people of Lebanon are warm, friendly and inviting, as too are the beautiful golden beaches in this area in the far east of the Mediterranean.
Beirut is a city packed with many things to do.
Visit the cities’ long list of art galleries, view the old meets new architecture on foot or shop in Downtown’s luxury boutiques or Mar Mikheal’s independent stores shopping and restaurant area.
Due to Lebanon being small in size, many tourists base themselves within Beirut and take day trips out to different areas of the country.
Arguably the most popular of all the middle eastern cuisines and loved all over the world, Lebanese food originates here, in Lebanon. There are a large number of traditional Lebanese restaurants for you to try out, the perfect place to try out some authentic Lebanese food.
It isn’t only Lebanese food you can get here either. There are many restaurants offering other cuisines, such as French, Japanese, Italian, Armenian – the list goes on.
The beaches that line Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast are a beautiful place to escape to in the summer months.
Within Beirut there are many beach resorts that you can visit and relax around the pool, have a drink, jump in the sea, and sometimes you can catch a top DJ! These beach resorts have become a popular alternative due to the rocky nature of the beaches in Beirut.
Travel outside of Beirut and you will discover some beautiful private beaches that you can relax on, including Jammal’s, a 1-hour drive north of Beirut.
If nightlife is your thing, then you will love Beirut! It isn’t nicknamed the party capital of the Middle East for nothing!
During the summer the beach resorts become nighttime party spots, or head up to one of the many roof top clubs which offer gorgeous views of the mountains and Mediterranean.
On street level you will find lots of small bars to work your way around. You will also find many themed bars, like Abby Road (Beatles/London themed), Gatsby and Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin themed).
That’s correct, skiing! Lebanon is full of surprises!
Skiing was introduced into Lebanon in the early 20th century after an engineering student studying in Switzerland brought the concept to Lebanon.
The mountains of Lebanon reach heights of over 1000 feet, with snow settling in the winter. The best times to visit to ski are between mid-December and April.
Where to stay - Beirut
Accommodation in Beirut caters for everyone, from those on a budget to those looking for a little bit more luxury to charge your batteries from a long day exploring the city.
On a budget: Bliss 3000 Furnished Studios http://bliss3000.com/hotel-beirut/
Bliss 3000 also has a rooftop café, air conditioned rooms, and even a spa!
3 Nights in February for two adult’s costs AED $1089 (booking.com)
On a splurge: InterContinental Phoenica Beirut http://www.phoeniciabeirut.com/
Just 3 minutes’ walk from the beach, Phoenica Beirut has indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and gym.
3 Nights in February for two adult’s costs AED $2677 (booking.com)
Travel from Dubai
Flight time to Beirut from Dubai – 3hrs 19mins
Flights can cost as little as AED150 one way with Fly Dubai
The weather in Lebanon is classed as Mediterranean with lots of sunshine! Rain does not generally fall between June and September and the rest of the year is rather mild, except for the mountains. Up in the mountains in the winter months you will find snow and a number of places to go skiing! The best months for comfortable sunshine are May and October.
Lebanon really is a country that must be seen to be believed. There is nowhere else in the world quite like this country’s mix of old and new, east meets west and Mediterranean and Arab influences and cultures. The country is once again safe for tourists to visit, so make sure you put Lebanon on the list for your next trip away.
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