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What to do in Beirut
Beirut is Lebanon’s capital city. It’s also is one of the top draw for tourists in Lebanon. Many travel sources like Conde Nast Traveler and The Guardian even call it the best city in Middle East (2012) and one of the top ten cities in the world (2008).
Beirut is a city that will offer you both historical and modern sites. It’s known for its pulsating nightlife, sumptuous food, museums, mosques, galleries and more. Explore as much of the city as you can and see for yourself why Beirut is a top destination.
Hail a taxi and go for a stroll along the Corniche. It’s a Beirut classic where you can see the city in all its glory when the sun sets. Walk your way into the past and take in Beirut’s rich history as you visit the ancient Roman temples in Baalbeck, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the summer, see the monuments come to life as the city celebrates the Baalbeck International Festival.
Other key places you can’t miss are the National Museum of Beirut, Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Maghen Abraham Synagogue, and the stunning caves of Jeita Grotto.
Drop your Lebanese Pound or Lira in the shops of Beirut. The Beirut Souks in Downtown is perfect if you’re looking for exotic items. If you want the cheapest buys, the Souk el-Ahad Sunday Market is for you. For a more mellow shopping experience, choose the Monot Street Book Market, Depot-Vente, and Mar Mikhael.
Looking to buy food? Go with the classics like Dar Bistro & Books, Enab, Tawlet and Motto. Get inspiration from this list of 10 things to do in Beirut for less than 10 dollars.
When to visit Beirut
The best time to visit Beirut is during summer from June to early September. If you want fewer crowds, schedule your trip during shoulder seasons from April to May and late-September to early-November.
Most people speak English and French in city, but Arabic is their official language so bringing a phrasebook is a good idea.
Australians are not required to apply for a visa to visit Beirut. You’ll be issued a free tourist visa, valid for three months, at the point of entry. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your departure date from Lebanon. And visit the website of the Embassy of Lebanon Canberra Australia for more info that you’ll need.
Travelling to and around Beirut
Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport serves Beirut. You can ride an airport taxi, private minibuses, or regular taxis to reach the city centre. Start wandering Beirut by regular taxi, prebooked taxi, service (shared taxi), and bus.
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