Coolly combining the ancient with the ultramodern, Lebanon is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. From the Phoenician findings of Tyre (Sour) and Roman Baalbek's tremendous temple to Beirut's BO18 and Bernard Khoury's modern movement, the span of Lebanon's history leaves many visitors spinning. Tripoli (Trablous) is considered to have the best souk in the country and is famous for its Mamluk architecture. It's well equipped with a taste of modernity as well; Jounieh, formerly a sleepy fishing village, is a town alive with nightclubs and glitz on summer weekends.
With all of the Middle East's best bits - warm and welcoming people, mind-blowing history and considerable culture, Lebanon is also the antithesis of many people's imaginings of the Middle East: mostly mountainous with skiing to boot, it's also laid-back, liberal and fun. While Beirut is fast becoming the region's party place, Lebanon is working hard to recapture its crown as the 'Paris of the Orient'.
The rejuvenation of the Beirut Central District is one of the largest, most ambitious urban redevelopment projects ever undertaken. Travellers will find the excitement surrounding this and other developments and designs palpable - and very infectious.
Finally, Lebanon's cuisine is considered the richest of the region. From hummus to hommard (lobster), you'll dine like a king. With legendary sights, hospitality, food and nightlife, what more could a traveller want?
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Baalbek, Kozhaya and Cedars of Lebanon Day Trip from Beirut
On this Beirut day trip, discover Baalbek, Kozhaya and the Cedars of Lebanon -- the hidden gems of the country! The cities of Baalbek and Kozhaya are famous mainly for their magnificent, excellently preserved ancient sites, such as Heliopolis and the Monastery of St Anthony.
Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar
On this full-day Beirut tour, see popular Beirut sights and take a trip to the towns of Beiteddine (Beit El Dine) and Deir El Qamar (Deir El Kamar). Immerse yourself in Lebanese beauty and culture as your local guide shows you well-preserved traditional villages and fascinating attractions, such as the Martyrs’ Statue, Beiteddine Palace and the Mosque of Emir Fakhr Eddine.
Travel literature review: Baghdad Sketches
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Middle East phrasebook
With eight key languages in this first ever phrasebook to the region, let no barriers - language or culture - get in your way.