BeirutLebanon

Visit a fascinating Middle Eastern city that showcases its broad cultural background in excellent museums and offers modern nightclub entertainment.

Beirut is a cosmopolitan city, rebuilt seven times after natural disasters and extended civil war. Explore the modern city to discover its historic roots from a range of civilizations including Ottoman, Abbasside, Omayyad, Byzantine, Roman, Hellenistic, Persian and Canaanite. Excavations have revealed a Roman hippodrome at Wadi abu Jamil and prehistoric tools dating back to 200,000 B.C.

Step into the National Museum of Beirut, bathed in golden light and featuring antiquities discovered within Lebanon. Highlights of this important site include carved ivory, Roman busts and three 6th century B.C. Phoenician statues of young boys. Bring headphones to listen to the complimentary audioguide.

Other museums include Planet Discovery for kids, the Sursock Museum of contemporary art in a beautiful Venetian-Ottoman mansion and the Robert Mouawad Private Museum, with fine jewelry, porcelain and other antiquities.

See the structures residents have built for the various religions practiced in Beirut. The 12th-century Al-Omari Mosque and the blue-domed Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, built in 2008, show the lasting presence of Islam. Near the modern mosque, the ancient St. George Greek Orthodox Church displays historic relics from an earlier Byzantine period.

Overlook the Mediterranean Sea as you walk along the Corniche promenade. In this great spot for people-watching, observe Muslim women in hijab, teenagers in Western-style T-shirts and international visitors from around the world. Sit in a cliff-top restaurant to watch the sun set behind Pigeon Rocks, two limestone monoliths rising from the water. Another peaceful spot is the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden, a memorial to the famous Lebanese-American poet and essayist, the author of The Prophet.

Visit city souks, selling goods from farm-fresh produce to ornate gold jewelry. Enjoy Lebanese and Armenian specialties, including lamb kebabs, labneh cheese, bulgur and olives. Find nightclubs in the Gemmayzeh district and join tours to see some of Lebanon’s natural beauty outside the city. Check the U.S. State Department website for any current advisories in Beirut or other parts of Lebanon.

Where to stay in Beirut

Hamra
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
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Hamra

Known for Universities, Culture, Relaxing

4/5(46 reviews)

You'll enjoy the archaeological sites and museums in Hamra. You might want to make time for a stop at Hamra Street or Agial Art Gallery.

Achrafieh
Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon
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Achrafieh

Known for Friendly People, Luxury, Cafés

4/5(2 reviews)

The restaurants and shopping are a few reasons travellers visit Achrafieh. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Beirut Municipal Stadium and Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium are a few top sights nearby.

Beirut Central District
Beirut Central District, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut Central District

Known for Cathedrals, Churches, Historical Buildings

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Beirut Central District is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Beirut Souks and Al-Abed Clock Tower.

Raouche
Raouche, Beirut, Lebanon
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Raouche

Known for Sea, Bars, Culture

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Raouche is noteworthy for its seaside views, and you can plan an outing to Pigeon Rocks and Hamra Street while you're in town.

Top hotels in Beirut

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson BLU Martinez Hotel, Beirut
Radisson BLU Martinez Hotel, Beirut
5 out of 5
Phoenicia Street, Beirut
£82
per night
15 Nov-16 Nov

This family-friendly Beirut hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Beirut Corniche and Hamra Street. Pigeon Rocks and Zaitunay Bay are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (658 reviews)

"The helpfulness and friendliness of the staff was lovely, good location, everything was wonderful. Expensive mini bar and taxis though!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Radisson BLU Martinez Hotel, Beirut
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand
5 out of 5
Charles De Gaulle Street Horsh Tabet, Sin El Fil
£115
per night
18 Nov-19 Nov

This family-friendly Sin El Fil hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of City Center Beirut and Le Mall Sin El Fil. Beirut Municipal Stadium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (143 reviews)

"Fantastic service at reception, Georges and Abdel Rahman did a great job. Breakfast was very rich in variety and taste."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand
Hilton Beirut Downtown
Hilton Beirut Downtown
4 out of 5
Mir Majid Arslan street, Minet El Hosn, Beirut
£155
per night
18 Nov-19 Nov

Located in Beirut Central District, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beirut Souks and Al-Abed Clock Tower. St. Joseph University - Campus of Social ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)

"Great location, modern and new, nice staff . About 15 min from the airport"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019

Hilton Beirut Downtown

Popular things to do in Beirut

Pigeon Rocks
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Pigeon Rocks

4/5(32 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Pigeon Rocks, a popular green space in Beirut. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its shops.

Mohammed Al Amin Mosque
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Mohammed Al Amin Mosque

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Mohammed Al Amin Mosque in Beirut. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Top activities in Beirut

Full-Day Tour of Baalbek, Anjar & Chateau Ksara with Lunch
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Full-Day Tour of Baalbek, Anjar & Chateau Ksara with Lunch

£73

The Beqaa Valley’s historical and cultural treasures await you on this day trip from Beirut. Marvel at an incredible collection of Roman architecture in Baalbek, taste the offerings of the country’s oldest winery, and discover the ruins of the eighth-century Umayyad city of Anjar.

Cedars of God, Qozhaya & Bsharri Day Trip from Beirut
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Cedars of God, Qozhaya & Bsharri Day Trip from Beirut

£66

Explore a few thousand years of Lebanon's national heritage with a day trip to see some of the country's most enduring sights. This journey takes you to see the biblical Cedars of God, the Monastery of Qozhaya, and the spectacular Kadisha Valley.

Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa
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Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa

£43

Let a private guide introduce you to 3 of the most incredible landmarks to explore on a day trip from Beirut. On this excursion to the limestone Jeita Grotto, the ancient town of Byblos, and Harissa’s majestic Our Lady of Lebanon, you get an intimate and personalized tour experience.

Historical Beirut Walking Tour
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Historical Beirut Walking Tour

£31

Discover 5,000 years of history in one of the world's oldest cities with this walk through the streets of central Beirut. Your knowledgeable guide shows you to fascinating destinations, from Canaanite archaeological sites to lively local markets, as you explore the wealth of culture and heritage on display.

Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beit ed-Dine & Deir al-Qamar
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Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beit ed-Dine & Deir al-Qamar

£70

Get to know the heart of the Middle East with a day trip that shows you some of Lebanon's oldest landmarks and offers a window into the region's long heritage. Your guide takes you around the sights of Beirut and out to explore a pair of historic cities that date back to the Ottoman era.

Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation
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Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation

£24

Easy explore,Jeita-Harissa & Byblos with a comfortable transportation and hassle free,departing daily and ideal for solo travelers Availablility: Tuesday to Sundays Hotel pick up and drop off included time between 8:00 AM - 8:25 AM Depart Beirut 8:30