Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, with a population of about 2.1 million in its metropolitan area. The city is located on a relatively small point that goes into the eastern Mediterranean. It is by far the largest city in Lebanon, being five times larger than Tripoli, the second largest in Lebanon. Beirut, due to the small size of Lebanon, has always had the status of the country's only true cosmopolitan city. Since independence, Beirut has been the country's financial and commercial center. 12 miles northeast is Jounieh, a city closely associated with Beirut.
|Population||361,366 hab. ()|
Beirut has survived a sketch of history, shifting from one empire to another. First named Beirut, "the well" by the Phoenicians, Beirut's history goes back more than 5,000 years. The excavations in the city center revealed layers of Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Arab and Ottoman relics.
After World War II, Lebanon gained independence from France, and Beirut became its capital. The city has flourished as a major shopping and tourist center in the Middle East. It is one of the main destinations of affluent Arab populations and European tourists, due to its unique geography, its climate, its diversity of cultures and its freedom. Beirut is considered the "gateway to the Middle East from Europe", and vice versa, and is often referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East".
Beirut has been and is home to more than 10 recognized religious sects. Religious tensions between the Christian and Muslim communities led to a brutal civil war in 1975. The conflict lasted nearly a decade and a half and ravaged the city (many buildings still bear the stigma). The central area of the city, already at the center of all commercial and cultural activities, becomes a no man's land. Throughout the war, the city is divided between the predominantly Muslim western part and the predominantly Christian part.
Since the end of the war in 1989, Beirut has been rebuilding. The city has pursued a massive reconstruction policy, much of which has been encouraged by the ruling classes, including former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Since then, the city has regained its status as a tourist, cultural and intellectual center of the Middle East, as well as a center of commerce, fashion and media.
Beirut has a very friendly atmosphere and the Beirut have a reputation for being very sociable and open. The locals are used to seeing foreigners and will be happy to show you the city, if you ask them.
It is useful to display some civilizations. A simple Hello at the entrance of a coffee shop or shop can do miracles, and you could even get a special rate, or when you get into a taxi, maybe just look at the driver who takes you in. A thank you when you are given or offered something, and if you do not want to accept, then say Laa, thank you and smile, otherwise you could be considered rude, despite you.
Locals like to go out, and the beirut nightlife is without a doubt world-class. If (and when) you go out in the evening, dressing well will certainly get you some respect. Residents like to see that strangers make efforts to adapt and you can expect to be offered a drink or a cigarette.
Smoking is quite common in Beirut, a large part of people smoke outside and inside. Most restaurants have smoking areas that are ventilated, so make sure to ask if a restaurant or a café is smoking or not, and ask for a non-smoking table if you don't want to finish your night with a big headache!
The best way to get there is by plane.
- 1 Beirut International Airport - Rafic Hariri (IATA: BEY, ICAO: OLBA, Maār Bayrūt ad-Dwaliyy) (7 km south of Beirut) - Lebanon's only international airport. The national airline is Middle East Airlines (MEA). Most international airlines have direct daily flights between Beirut and the major European capitals. The airport is about 10 or 15 minutes by car from the town center.
Most European citizens can obtain a tourist visa at the airport upon arrival in the country: free). Consult your embassy in Lebanon before your trip.
Currently, there is no transportation to or from the airport. However, taxis are numerous, and comfortable. Taxis approved by the airport are parked next to the arrivals terminal and have an airport logo on the side (). Since these taxis are regulated by the airport authorities, they are obliged to be honest in their tariffs. Normal taxis are also available and are located a little further from the airport, but they are not guaranteed and are to be used at its own risk. In the future, there are plans to provide regular airport bus services to various parts of the city and even other parts of the country. Abribus are already built at the airport.
The 5-star Phoenicia InterContinental hotel is located on the western outskirts of downtown Beirut, on the north coast and offers free shuttles 24 hours a day and is also close to the airport. All major car rental companies have reservation offices inside the airport.
The airport is also equipped with cash machines (you can withdraw money in Lebanese Dollars or Pounds), and foreign exchange offices.
There are four border crossings between Lebanon and Syria:
- Masnaa (on Beirut-Damascus road)
- Qaa (at the northern limit of the Bekaa Valley)
- Arida (north of Tripoli, on the coast)
- Aboudiyeh (northeast of Tripoli).
You can travel between Lebanon and Syria by your own means, car rental, bus, taxi, or taxi-service. Visa can be issued at the border. If you are traveling by land, please contact your Embassy in Beirut in advance.
There are two types of taxis in Beirut, the old (often) hail-taxis, taxis and prebooking.
- Hail-taxi - The most convenient form of transportation in Beirut, because they are absolutely everywhere. These taxis are mostly Mercedes Benz cars (although recently, due to the rise in gasoline prices, taxi drivers are opting for more economical or transport forms) and can be easily identifiable by their yellow color illuminated taxi sign on the red roof and the license plate. Adjusted meters are not provided so it is recommended to ask how much your trip will cost you before hopping in The price will be charged per destination and not by the distance traveled (which is an advantage, because traffic is a big problem in the city). A typical route from one side of Beirut to the other (about 3 km) can cost around 10,000LL (€ 5.00). Most taxi drivers speak English and French (at least a few words of each), as well as local Arabic in order to communicate should not be a problem. Knowing the name of your destination in the local language can resolve any misunderstanding. Note: keep in mind the names of the landmarks around the city, as they will be useful when traveling in public transport (some pilots who may not be good in orientation!).
- Prebook taxi - they require you to call them and book a ride, they cost more in general, but are much more luxurious and are normally air conditioned. All hotels should provide you with a taxi directory if you wish to use this type of service. Taxi prices are considered cheap when compared to the United States and Europe taxis. Big taxi companies are: Geryes Taxi (00961-1-332747), Taxi Première (1260 or Tel 00961-1-389222). Allo Taxi (1213 or Tel 00961-1-366661),
The most frequent transport, especially with daily commuters, because they are cheaper than taxis, but paradoxically, are actually the same. Service[ser-vee-s]are shared taxis, taxis the same as above but shared between four people. The main advantage of these types of transport is that the price is shared among all other passengers, and therefore, a typical route does not cost around 2000LL (1 €). They come with inconveniences of course, and in addition to having to share a small car with three others of perfect foreigners (ideal to meet new people in fact), the service does not travel according to a specific route (usually at the top and bottom of a street), meaning that you have to get off and take another service at the end of the route. Hiring a taxi or service usually involves yelling your destination to the driver if it slows down, then tracking it in the name of your destination with either "taxi" or "service".
It is important to specify which type of ride you are interested in (when hailing a taxi or a service), if you fail to do so, the driver will assume that you have asked for a taxi, with the overload of the taxi.
There are currently two public transportation companies. The CCTB  operating a fleet of blue and white, the city of buses, and the LCC  With a fleet of red and white minibuses, bus fares cost approximately 600 to 750L.L ($ 0.40 to 0.50). The service is very efficient and the buses are very common, to get on a bus you have to be on the side of the road, make a hand sign.
standing on the side of the road and with the signal of your next hand or bus approaches, the bus stops everywhere.
Driving in Beirut is not particularly recommended in the city center for much of the day. Traffic is intense, and impossible at peak time. There is so much to see from being caught in a traffic jam is the last thing that anyone would want to spend their time doing.reA hike around the city is much more than an experience, and is actually necessary in the practical center that this part of the city is a pedestrian area.
It can be difficult to find somewhere other than in the multi-story parking lot and off street parking. On-street parking, if you are lucky to find one, is allowed for a short period of two hours. Tickets must be purchased through the parking meter usually located at each end of the street. They can be paid either in cash or by card. Stay in time, you can get a ticket. The application of the parking limit is not done very effectively, but it is obvious that the last thing that no one would want to find a ticket that will ruin their day and put them back financially.
Renting a car is recommended if you plan to visit nearby cities like Jounieh, or plan to go out late at night when public transport is not working, or maybe just to enjoy the Lebanese "see and be seen" lifestyle. Car rental prices range from economy 40.000LL/day ( 20 € / day) or luxury and exotic standard prices. These can change depending on the season, so make sure to contact the car rental company in advance to check prices, as well as pick-up / drop-off sites.
Note: Driving to Beirut is on the right side of the road.
Note: Only the central regions of Beirut have traffic lights, although plans have been made to cover the entire city.
As the city is quite compact, walking is the best way to get around, and is perfect for getting out of the beaten track and being surprised. The streets are usually well marked, but few Beirut residents know how to get there using their names, the directions are usually given in relation to the locations of the buildings ("get off the road to building X, then turn left, then right ..."), and many local streets have nicknames that do not match the map. That said, if you are lost on the street, just ask any passerby for directions; no one will refuse help! Otherwise, you can stop at the nearest hotel or at a shop and ask. The hotel concierge and the shops will certainly be able to speak English.
Some roads in Beirut are in poor condition. not too much in the center, but the further away you get from the city center, the more work you will see. So be careful!
Beirut is called the "Paris of the Middle East" because of its dynamism and the culture of open-air cafes European architecture and also partly because most Beirutis can speak in French and English, as well as their native Arabic.
Each neighborhood has its own sites and places to visit. The city center has some very impressive ancient and historic sites dating back over 6,000 years. The following lists are some highlights of things you should know if you can during your visit to Beirut. Full listings are available on each district page.
- Pigeon Cave A monumental natural ark moves in place of the Mediterranean. Great place to sit in one of the cafes on the roadside and sunset.
- Solidére Tour de l'Horloge, originally built by the French at the beginning of the 20th century in the heart of the downtown area, it suffered a lot of war damage during the 1975 war, but was recently restored.
- Martyrs Square, Martyrs Square, east of Nejmeh Square towards Achrafieh.
Museums and galleries
- National Museum of Beirut (Ras El Nabaa, Ashrafied South) Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5PM, closed Monday and public holidays.. 5.000LL (adult), 1.000LL (students, under 18)... - Archeology and History.
- Sursock Museum, Sursock Street, Ashrafied, Beirut. (Contemporary Art Moderne), the building itself is a perfect example of the typical eighteenth century Lebanese palace. Lebanese and international art is permanently displayed in the intimately preserved interior.
- Matignon Gallery, Lebanese and International of Contemporary Art, address: Sin El Fil, Grand Beirut, tel:+ (961) 1-500265, 484115, fax:+ (961) 1-484115, hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-6pm, Saturday 10 am-2pm.
- AUB Museum,  History and Archeology, the oldest Middle East museum. Street. Bliss (Street 33), Hamra, (01) 340549. Monday-Friday 10 am - 4 pm, closed on public holidays.
- Camille Allam Gallery, , address: Librairie Allam, Achrafieh, Montée Sursock .tel:01 323805, email:[email protected]
- Emmagoss gallery, , address: Emmaniel Guiragossian Art School, New Jdeideh, Greater Beirut tel:00961 1 900091, email:[email protected]
Parks & Places
- Sanayé Park, Emmile Eddé Road, Beirut
- Beirut Wood(Beirut Pine Forest)
- Khalil Gebran Park (between Amir and Toufik Amine Khaled St. St.)
- Debbas Square Saifi village (bewteen St. Charles Debbas and Dmascus St.)
- Star Square Downtown
- Riad El Solh St. Herb Garden, Downtown.
Festivals and events
- Beirut International Film Festival, . Organized annually in October, the Beirut Film Festival exhibitions of films from all Middle Eastern countries, most often in Arabic or French. Films vary widely and some can be political.
- Beirut International Jazz Festival, . Organized every year during the month of July for a four-day period, some of the greatest international jazz artists as well as local musicians, around the quality music near the Beirut marina.
- Festival du cinéma francophone , Held between March and April, over a period of two weeks, Les films est en français. Metropolitan Cinema - Masrah Al Madina, Beirut, (tel: 00961 1293212).
- One Big Sunday, the beach party with DJ live will be held every Sunday during the summer months in the different seaside resorts, organized by Mix FM .
- Bacardi Night, an annual festival held during the summer with some of the hottest DJs in the world, organized by Mix FM .
NOTE: To stay up to date on Beirut's nightlife scene, visit all the "branches" Virgin Megastores listing all upcoming events. Many concerts are held all year round with musicians and DJ's. Beirut has hosted some of the greatest names in dance music such as Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Hernan Cattaneo, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, James Zabiela, Nick Warren, Anthony Pappa, Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Howells, Steve Lawler, Bob Sinclar, Cosmic Gate, Above and Beyond Tiers esto. Or keep an ear for the radio:
- NRJ (99 MF) 
- Mix FM (104,4))
Things to do in Beirut, are almost limitless. Check the different districts to find out what each has to offer. Meanwhile, here are some 'highlights:'
- Bet on an Arabic thoroughbred every Sunday in the Beirut racecourse, officially known as the 'Hippodrome Du Parc De Beirut , open only on Sunday, the racecourse is the popular house of horse races, which attracts a crowd of dedicated betters (often old taxi drivers). Foreigners must join the party in the afternoon for free entry (identity card or passport required).
- Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine in one of the beach clubs on the coast of Beirut. There are actually few sandy beaches, and, unfortunately, most of them have been turned into luxury spa resorts with swimming pool and paved terrace, but despite all this, they all have access to the sea. A small number of them are completely private and for members only, but can be consulted by paying an invitation card to go with a member. The Saint-Georges Yacht Club in the Ain El Mreisseh and The Riviera Beach & Yacht Club of the Riviera Hotel are two of these popular clubs, access to the beach club for non-members is 20 $ (approx.) per day. Guests can relax in one of the swimming pools or enjoy a drink in the bars and cafes, while listening to music in the afternoon. Long Beach Club is another good place.
- Test your golf skills at Le Golf Club du Liban (18 holes), Henry chehab next to the shack, addresses: Ouzai - Beer Hassan, BP 11-3099, Beirut, tel: 00961 1 826335-6-7, email: [email protected], fax: 00961 1 822474
- Take a short tour on the Beirut Balloon (30 passengers balloon filled with helium, offering breathtaking views at an altitude of 300 m), Search it in the sky!, Address: Street. Allenby, downtown Beirut, tel: 00961 1 985901.
- Walk, jog, skate, cycle, walk (or what you're thinking of exercise) along avenue de Paris links to avenue Général de Gaulle (both locally known as the ledge) Stretch all around the central Beirut perimeter (about 5 km). Start the walk, jog, skate, etc. At the marina about an hour before sunset and end at Pigeons Square in time to watch the sunset, while sipping a drink in one of the cafes.
- Making Scuba, With 300 days of sunshine per year, 36 shipwrecks, impressive walls, canyons, caves, ray habitats and shark habitats, Beirut certainly has something to offer a professional diver. The French submarine WWII Le Souffleur, the British freighter Alice.B that sank during the civil war in the 1980s, Macedonia in 1962 and theNational Star cargo in 1991, the Mediterranean lighthouse of Admiral Sir George Tryyhe on HMS Victoria, which sank in 1893, the British Lesbian who sank during the Second World War, make Beirut of shipwreck and collection. Historic cities are found at the bottom of the sea with many interesting submerged historical sites, scattered with a few Phoenician and Roman cities of marble stones, granite columns, paths, old stone anchors, amphoras and pottery. There are several diving centers around Beirut:
- NISD, (National Diving Institute) , Marina Solidere of Beirut, downtown Beirut, PO Box: 113-6691, (+961-3-204422) (email: [email protected] fax: +961-1-739206).
- LD, (Lebanon Miscellaneous) , Mardelli Building 2nd Floor, Saide Rue Achrafieh - Beirut, (00961-1-322826/00961- 3-602614) (email: [email protected] fax: 00961-1-329441).
- Atlantis , Bel Azur Hotel, Jounieh, Grand Beirut, (email: [email protected]).
- AUB  - U.S. University of Beirut - The U.S. University of Beirut (AUB) was founded in 1866 as a private, independent, non-sectarian organization of the institution Higher Education, under a New York State Operating Charter. AUB grew from 16 students in a rented house to a large university, with more than 6,900 students on a 73-hectare campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The University is governed by an autonomous board of directors composed of international leaders in business, education, diplomacy, engineering, philanthropy, science, and medicine.
- CPF  - Collège Protestant Français - The Collège Protestant Français is a French-language school, founded in 1926. It is one of the largest schools in Lebanon. There are some in Koraytem, street. Mrs. Curie, Near the castle of the assassinated Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
- IC  - International College - The International College is a very large school, which offers these 4000 students the opportunity of the French section (3 to 5 classes) and the English section (4 to 7 classes), and the opportunity of the French Bac, Bac Libanais and L'international Baccaloriat. One of the largest schools in Lebanon. Chairperson: John Johnson.
- LAU  - Lebanese American University - La Lebanese American University is an American institution chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and operating in Lebanon. LAU currently has two campuses: one located in Beirut, and a second in Mount Lebanon city of Jbeil (Byblos). The university offers partner programs, bachelor's degree and master's degree in arts and sciences, and doctorates in pharmacy. UAL is the only institution outside of the United States with an ACPE-program accredited pharmacy. UAL is currently a candidate for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Higher Education Institutions Commission.
- USJ  - Université Saint-Joseph - A private university founded in 1875. A member of the Association of Arab Universities, the International Association of Universities, the Association of French-language Universities (AUPELF), the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the European Federation of Catholic Universities, the Association of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education in Europe and Lebanon, and the Euro-Med University (Tethys).
Clothing and fashion - Beirut is the center of fashion in the region, with designers competing with the best in the world; Elie Saab , Basil Soda , Pierre Katra  and Robert AbiNader  make Beirut an excellent place to shop for clothes.
There are several shopping areas along the city.
- Downtown Beirut - The recently renovated downtown Beirut boasts one of the most chic and expensive shops in the region.
- Street. Hamra - The perfect place to go shopping, as prices are relatively low.
- Street. Mar-Elias - A very busy street towards the south of Beirut. Many shops are of Lebanese origin, which means that it is the ideal place to find good deals. Indeed, most are local and cheap brands.
- Street. Verdun - It is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Beirut where you will find all the most important shops.
- ABC, Achrafied, street. Alfred Naccache, Mar Mitr, 00961 1 212888
- Beirut Mall, Tayouné roundabout, 00961 1 385888,.
- ABC Beauty, Bab Idriss, downtown, 00961 1 991888. Offering a wide range of cosmetics and international perfumery products from brands, nail bar, professional hairdressing salons and stylists. Open from Monday to Saturday 10 am-7pm.
- Miss ABC, street. Hamra, beside Cinéma strand, 00961 1 344740. specialized women's shop. Open Monday to Saturday -dim., closed on Sunday.
- Giant City Mall, Dora roundabout highway, Greater Beirut, 00961 1 905555. Includes 100 shops, 15 cafes and restaurants, a hypermarket, and 9 movie theaters.
- Dunes Center, Center Dunes, Street. Verdun, +961 1 785310. Showing some of the latest brands, as well as many cafes and a cinema.
- Virgin Megastore - Currently four branches in Beirut: Beirut International Airport, Downtown Martyrs Square (claims to be the largest Virgin Megastore outside the UK), Giant City Mall (Dora roundabout), ABC department store (Achrafied).
Flea markets are surprisingly rare, sometimes organized markets are held that are made to look like flea markets.
- Souk El Tayeb which takes place every Saturday in the town center of Saifi village between 9 AM-2 PM,if it is a question of nourishing your soul and face in Beirut by the first organic farmer in the market.It also promotes traditional methods of agriculture and preserve, it is an excellent place to collect local honey, cheese and bread, as well as meeting artisans in crafts. He also conducts regular cooking classes to learn how to make a perfect taboulé (bakery salad).
- Sunday Market get up early and join locals for a search of the Sunday Market that opens between 7 am and 1 pm, next to the Beirut River in the east. You could find old jewelry, clothing and beads, or maybe just a bric-à-brac, but there's an eclectic selection of goodies on Show. Don't forget to negotiate hard!
- Burj Hammoud of the Armenian neighborhood of Beirut, an ideal place to buy cheap bric-à-brac, craft trades, souvenirs, copper and brass, ceramics and fake brands. Don't forget to bargain. Burj Hammoud is located east of Beirut ashrafieh across the river.
The diet of the Mediterranean was proven to be the healthiest in the world. Lebanese cuisine in particular, enjoys a world reputation for its richness and variety, as well as, of course, its Mediterranean health. Lebanese gastronomy is a rich blend of various products and ingredients derived from the diversity of Lebanese regions. Olive oil, herbs, spices, fresh fruits and vegetables are commonly used, as well as dairy products, cereals, fish and various types of meat. A visit to Beirut does not really exist, unless you try to visit (at least once) the traditional Lebanese Mezze (Meza), a wide range of thirty hot and cold dishes. A typical Mezze can be composed of salads such as Taboulé and Fattouch, with caviars: Hommos and Moutabal, and a few balls like the Sambousseks, And finally the stuffed vine leaves, with of course the Lebanese bread pita that is essential for all the Lebanese Mezze.
- Man'ouché (mana'ich in plural, or mankhoushé): the man'ouché is a sort of pizza paste spread more or less finely, coated with zaatar (a mixture of thyme, sumak and sesame seeds) and olive oil. It can also be served with a mixture of local cheeses or meat. It is a dish that is usually eaten for breakfast. Cost between 500L.L and 3.000L.L. They can be found on every street corner.
- Ka'ek: another version of this great classic American bagel, only about a foot in diameter and hollow, normally filled with thyme but you can ask for cheese to spread like this. The only place to buy are local street vendors (not selling shops), as well as cycling or motorized scooters with a hand horn. Although not of Lebanese origin, sellers are very popular and are still located near Rawcheh. Cost about 1,000L.L.
- Grilled nuts: Grilled nuts are certainly the local favorite dish, especially with the elderly. Local brands such as Al Rifai and Al Andalous produce some of the best nuts in the region, and certainly the most diverse. Pacanes, cashew, Macadamias, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts are all there. Ask for Krikri in thyme, spices, cheese or flavor.
- Lebanese candy: every national or religious event sees stalls set up on sidewalks outside churches and public squares, where traditional Lebanese candy is sold as:Backlawa, Maamoul, Ktaef, Halawet el Jibn, Halawet el Riz, Knefe and Ashta. If you are lucky enough to find them, make sure to taste them, otherwise go to the pastries like the famous Sea Sweet  where the same sweets are present (but of course not the same authenticity!).
In Beirut, different cultures have different tastes of food and restaurants of all origins have opened all around the city, especially in the Achrafied District. French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Mexican, American, Armenian, Moroccan, everything is there!. Restaurants have different price ranges, depending of course on the quality of the ingredients used, check the areas on the list.
If you have a tight budget, or if you simply miss the food you can come home, fast food is your best option. All major international fast food brands have opened Beirut chains (KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Hardee's, Friday's, Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, Dunkin' Donuts, Subway etc. ), but many local brands are expanding the choice. For example:
- Monogrill  - Purchased
- Hawa Chicken  - Purchased
- Bliss House - Hamra
- Barbar - Hamra
- Chef rue Gouraud Mon.- sam.: 7:00 - 23 h 30, closed on Sunday.. Dish of the day 8000 LL.. - The Chef will welcome you with a warm "Welcome". Good Lebanese dishes served in a relaxed setting.
- La Tabkha - Lebanese canteen Gouraud street, Gemmayzeh, Buffet at will from 16,000 LL.. - French and Lebanese specialties.
Drink a drink / Go out
To Drink: alcohol in Beirut is part of daily life. Each of Beirut's neighborhoods has its own good number of cafes, bars and clubs. However, two of the most popular neighborhoods, with the highest concentration of pubs and nightclubs, are
- Monot Street
Both located at close range in the Achrafied District. There is no curfew in Beirut so the parts actually go until the break of dawn!
Includes locally brewed beer Almazaand Laziza.
Lebanese Wine: Lebanon is one of the world's oldest wine producing sites, and now boasts a thriving industry producing world-renowned wines, mainly in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Here are some wine producers in Lebanon so you can keep an eye on them:
- Musar Castle 
- Ksara Castle 
- Kefraya Castle 
- Wardy Domain 
- Wine Heritage 
- Fakra Castle 
- Nakad Castle 
- Massaya 
- Domaine des Tourelles 
- Clos Saint Thomas 
- Cave Kouroum 
- Clos de Cana 
- Nabise Mount Lebanon 
- Khoury Castle 
- Couvent Saint-Sauveur
Accommodation in Beirut ranges from inn or cheap boarding house to many luxury hotels. Unfortunately, prices are relatively high compared to other Middle Eastern countries.
- Pension Al-Nazih Bld. 3, 62 Shanty Street, Sector 29, Gemmayzeh, , (mobile) Dorm $17 $, simple 25-30 $.. - 5 minutes walk from the city center, close to Charles Helou bus station and one street from the bars and restaurants of Rue Gouraud. Internet and breakfast (5 $).
- Saifi Urban Gardens on Pasteur Street, Gemmayzeh (in an alley next to the Coral gas station), , email: [email protected] Dorm 18 $, single 41 $, double 45 $, discounts beyond 6 nights.. - Single rooms in an old building but large and decent. Wi-Fi and breakfast included. Arabic courses and artistic activities.
- Hotel Al Shahbaa Saifi, Pasteur street (behind Charles Helou bus station, 5 minutes east of Al-Nazih pension), , email: [email protected] Dorm $12 $, single 40 $ to be negotiated.. - Outdated rooms but friendly staff. Shared bathroom. Internet and Wi-Fi. Free tea or coffee.
- Talal's New Hotel , Charles Helou st., Beirut (Beirut port, facing Valli & Valli), Tel - Fax: +961 1 562567 is the favorite for backpackers and budget travelers. It gives the traveler different options; It provides dormitories, single, double and triple rooms with AC and satellite TV. All rooms have balconies and private rooms with private bathrooms. Talal's Hotel can accommodate all your needs, including free internet access, laundry, drinks, airport pick-up and drop off, car rental, kitchen, and book exchange. Dorm: 7 $ Single room: $ 16, double room: $20, triple room: $24 per person per night.
- University Hotel Ras Beirut, Bliss Street (across from the American University of Beirut), , email: [email protected] Double from 45 $, Wi-Fi in addition 4 $ / j.. - Close to the ledge, west of the city center but further away from the nightlife of Gemmayzeh. Rooms with bathroom quite modern compared to Gemmayzeh hostels. No breakfast.
- L'HOTE LIBANAIS  a network of bed & breakfasts in Beirut and throughout the country, see the website for the availability of rooms. (Tel: +961 3 513766, Fax: +961 1 614678). Double room, breakfast included: $60.
- Park Tower Suites  - Achrafieh, President Elias Sarkis Avenue, Tel: (961) 1 333314, (961) 3259000, Fax: (961) 1 324783), a pleasant stay with a short walk and close to all the services of the city, close to shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment. ParkTower Suites has excellent facilities, comfortable guest suites and public spaces. All suites are well-equipped to create full comfort and a relaxing atmosphere. The hotel offers a variety of facilities and services to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. Modern, clean and double all-suite-hotel in the heart of Achrafieh. Near Monot street.
- Four Points Sheraton  - Verdun, Boulevard Saeb Salam, Beirut, Lebanon, (tel: (961) (1) 803804), located in the heart of Beirut, the most luxurious business and shopping area, easily accessible from Beirut International Airport and minutes from Beirut city center, Four Points Sheraton Verdun is a brand new boutique hotel, offering a complete personalized service In a sophisticated atmosphere with distinctive attitude. Ideally located for both business and leisure, the hotel visitors will find a stimulating world to discover both inside and outside the hotel.
- The Lancaster Hotel  - Australia Street, Raouche, POBox: 13 - 5303, Beirut, (Tel: +961.1.790810, Fax: + 961.1.790820) The Lancaster Hotel, an English-style boutique hotel in the heart of Beirut, is ideally located 10 minutes on foot from the booming business district and the city center. Beyond its doors is the famous boulevards shopping center, Rue de Verdun and Hamra. Close to the sea and the famous Raouche Rock, and only 6 miles from Beirut International Airport, its central location makes it the ideal place for business, incentive, and vacationers.
- InterContinental Phoenicia  - Beirut Minet El Hosn PO Box 11/846, (toll-free: 01 426801 - 8668667556, Tel: 961-1 — 369100, Fax:961-1-369101, email: [email protected]), On the Mediterranean, the InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut is located along the famous sidewalk, "Corniche" a few minutes from the business center and the banking district, and the always lively and entertaining downtown. Beirut International Airport is only a few miles away. The InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut offers a variety of services to meet the needs of the modern businessman as well as families looking for a moment of leisure and relaxation.
- Moevenpick Hotel & Resort  - General de Gaulle Avenue, PO Box 20386908000, (Phone +961 1 86966 Fax +961 1 809326), the only hotel in the city center with the facilities of the center located in the heart of lively Beirut. Ideally located on the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the capital, 6 miles from Rafic Hariri international airport, close to the city center and the elegant shopping district. The property is just a few hours' drive from cultural and historic sites. Features: On the Mediterranean Sea with private beach and the walking marina of Beirut Central District. Exclusive Essential Spa and Health Club, spread over 2,000 m2 with 11 treatment rooms. Excellent facilities for banquets and weddings for 2,000 inhabitants area around the swimming pool.
- Le Meridien Commodore  - Hamra, Commodore Street PO Box 11-3456, Riad El - Solh Beirut 1107 2140, (Tel: (961) (1) 734734), located in the heart of Beirut, in the famous district of Hamra, Le Meridien Commodore is just a few minutes from the lively business and commercial center of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon opportunities to explore the rich cultural history, are waiting for the guests of Le Meridien Commodore. Features: The Meridien Commodore has a range of meetings and banquets, an outdoor swimming pool, and "lifestyle", Beirut's finest health club.
Stay in touch
Tap water can be drinkable or not, in this case there are two taps: One provides undrinkable water (it can be used to brush your teeth, take a shower or for any other use), the other provides drinking water that can be consumed.
- 1 Building Lazarieh, Belgium, 10th Floor, Emir Béchariir Street (Emir Béchir ), , email: , (emergency number for Belgians)[email protected] Mon.- Fri.: 8 h - 15 h.. - Embassy. Also competent for Syria.
- 2 France Rue de Damas - Ras El-Nabaa - Embassy
The surrounding area
Lebanon is a small country and there is much to see. If you stay in Beirut, you can easily stroll further into the country by bus, stop or taxi.
- The coastal towns: visit Saida and Sour to the south, Jounieh, Jbail and Tripoli to the north.
- The beaches: They get cleaner as you move away from the city. You will find many in Jbail, Batroun, Jiyyeh, Rcheeh, Sur.
- Sights: the cave of Jeita (11 miles from Beirut), the site of the mouth of the river "Nahr El-Kalb", the sanctuary of Our Lady of Harissa (10 miles from Beirut).
- The mountain.
- The Bekaa Valley.