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Lebanon Tourism

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 5 - 7 days

Best Time: June - September Read More

Currency: Lebanese Pound (LBP)

Budget: Moderately expensive

"The Country With A Charming Coastline & Hidden Treasures"

Lebanon Tourism

Lebanon lies in the Middle East and is a sovereign. It is often called the Lebanese Republic. It shares its borders with countries like Syria, Israel and Cyprus. Lebanon is actually supposed to be the smallest country in the entire continent of Asia. It has a wonderful coastline that you can never get tired of and even boasts of a popular city - fashionable Beirut. Lebanon is home to a cuisine that we have all sampled at some point, in several different versions - Lebanese cuisine. Both traditional and modern, the country is full of quiet charm and at times, solitude.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Lebanon

Regions in Lebanon

Lebanon's regions include five areas. Beirut, Bekaa, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon and South Lebanon. Beirut is the capital of the country and is the largest city. Bekaa has been labelled 'the bread basket' of Lebanon and must be visited for its wineries and agricultural lifestyle. Mount Lebanon is apt for adventure enthusiasts, with snow mountains as well as rocky terrain for biking. North Lebanon is filled with historical spots and is home to a beautiful ski resort while South Lebanon has archaeological delights in the form of ruins and ancient biblical sites.

Best time to visit Lebanon

June - September is the best time to visit Lebanon

This is Lebanon's summer period and the best time to visit. The beaches simply beckon to you then and the weather is bright and warm, making outdoor activities not only possible, but something you can look forward to. The nightlife is also supposed to be better during the summer.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Good food. Scenic views. Friendly people.

What's Not So Great?

A little expensive. Average infrastructure. Too much smoke, on account of a lot of smokers on streets.

For Whom?

History lovers. Nature lovers. Foodies.

Stay options in Lebanon

There is a lot to choose from in terms of accommodation in Lebanon. You can choose from the best of the best hotels to adventurous camping sites. There are also a couple of hostels in most cities, for those travelling on a budget. Chalets and ski resorts are also common. An upcoming trend here is that of eco-resorts, more easily accessible in Mount Lebanon. You could also opt to stay at a bed and breakfast, as Lebanon has plenty of those. Alternately, you could rent a serviced apartment or pick one from AirBnB.

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Currency of Lebanon

The official currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese Pound or the Lebanese lira. Frequently used denominations in terms of bank notes are LBP 1000, LBP 5,000, LBP 10,000, LBP 20,000, LBP 50,000 and LBP 100,000. In terms of foreign currency, US dollars are very widely accepted. Several high-end chains even quote their prices only in US dollars!

Exchanging Money in Lebanon

In tems of currency exchange, US dollars are very easily accepted. ATMs are present nearly everywhere and they give out cash in both LBP and USD.

Nightlife in Lebanon

The nightlife of Lebanon was great, but has toned down a bit because of the current situation and as unrest can break out at any time with Israel. However, Beirut is the destination of choice for the nightlife. It has the most number of bars, clubs and pubs to visit. Lebanon has a lot of wine drinkers, as there are many wineries here. Beach parties are also very common and take place at the popular beach resorts.

Shopping in Lebanon

There are plenty of malls to shop from in Lebanon. However, there are also traditional souks where you can easily shop for souvenirs. There are also quaint little boutiques here selling different designs as well as home accessories. If you look closely, you will even come across tiny arts and crafts stores selling beautiful items such as ceramics, soaps, traditional clothes and more.

Festivals of Lebanon

Some important festivals of Lebanon are the Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts, Workers' Day, Byblos Festival, Baalbeck International Festival, Tyre and South Festival, Eid-al-Fitr, Beiteddine Arts Festival and Zouk Mikael International Festival.

History of Lebanon

Initially, Lebanon and Syria had been one political entity, under the Ottoman Empire. However, after World War I, France was given the League of Nations mandate over Lebanon as well as Syria. France was responsible for dividing them into two areas. For 20 whole years, Lebanon was under their rule. However, they proclaimed independence on 26 November 1941. All the French troops were completely evacuated from the country only in 1946. In 1958, Civil War took place, as a protest against the Lebanese government. Troops were later sent over to restore the authority of the Government.

Hygiene in Lebanon

Locals drink the tap water here freely. It is considered to be potable, but it is always safer to settle for bottled water. Public toilets are also available, but people have complained about the cleanliness.

Customs of Lebanon

Treat everyone with respect here, as it is the thing they value most. Tipping is widespread and is expected. "Marhaba" is how you greet locals, accompanied by a handshake and a smile. If greeting a Muslim woman, do not extend your hand first, but wait for her to do so.

Tips for visiting Lebanon

Do not walk around alone in any remote areas. Always stay safe and alert and keep checking the news, because of the current tense situation. Dress conservatively, especially when visiting a religious place.

Culture of Lebanon

Lebanese culture has been subjected to a lot of change in the past. Today, it is a highly family-oriented culture. The people are not withdrawn, but very gregarious. Religion is greatly respected and not to be made fun of, as it is an important aspect of all their lives. There are a couple of different religions followed by the Lebanese. The most common religious sects are Muslims, followed by Druze and Christians. Arabic is the official language of Lebanon. Their second language is French, followed by English.

Food of Lebanon

The roots of Lebanese cuisine can be traced back to the Phoenicians. A lot of pure grains, vegetables and fruits are used in their preparations. Fresh fish and other types of seafood are also popular. In terms of meat, the Lebanese are more partial to poultry. Apart from that, you will find the use of a lot of chickpeas in their cuisine, as well as garlic, olive oil and various other herbs. The Lebanese mezze or platter is very popular and typically comes served with salads like fattoush and tabbouleh, dips such as hummus or baba ghanoush, patties and stuffed grape leaves. Pita, which is their flat bread is also eaten on a large scale. Baklava and Lebanese ice cream in different flavours are commonly eaten as dessert. In terms of beverages, Lebanese coffee, which is like Turkish coffee, is quite popular.

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