Beirut Travel Guide
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- 86%Luxury Travelers
- 86%Nightlife Lovers
- 75%Adventure Travelers
- 74%History Buffs
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- BeirutMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Beirut is often called the Paris of the Middle East. If not for the heavy military presence, the ubiquitous religious iconography and occasional outbreaks of civil war, the analogy wouldn't be like the buildings you see driving down the street, riddled with bullet holes.
With its heady mix of ideology, street violence and sexual innuendo, Lebanon's capital is more like Prague in August of 1968 than Paris in the 1950's. As a matter of fact, just a month prior to my arrival, a war, replete with grenade launchers, machine guns and tanks broke out not far from where I stayed in Ashrafieh.
Lounging poolside at 'La Plage' (one of many swimming clubs along the corniche) it was very difficult to imagine. While surrounded by beautiful women in bikinis it came to me. The reason the city has been able to rise again and again like a Phoenix from the ashes and put the events of the recent past out of the forefront of their minds is because when you're in the presence of a beautiful woman, nothing else matters - beauty is transcendent. Ideology, territorial disputes, political infighting, all our little plans and designs become irrelevant in the face of beauty. Beauty transcends.
When transcendental beauty gets tiresome and you've had enough of Beirut's creme de la creme at 'La Plage' stroll along the corniche, the seaside promenade for some Middle Eastern fun in the sun with the real salt of the earth. Instead of 30,000 Lebanese Lira (about 20 US Dollars) the amusement to be had outside of the swimming clubs will only cost you your inhibitions.
And just in case you don't believe me, here's a link to my video illustrating exactly what I'm talking about (transcendental beauty and all ;-)
I think I like Beirut a little better thinking back on it, rather than when I was there. Everyone raves about the bars and the nightlife and so on, but since that wasn't so much my scene (at least on this recent visit), I was left focusing on daytime stuff, and got frustrated with traffic and internet and petty things like that. Now that I've left, that has fallen away, and all I remember is the great food and the slightly lunatic people I met! I'd go back, with different expectations.Recommended for:
Well Beirut is one of the best cities in the world. Although Lebanon as a country is considered insecure and dangerous but you'll forget all these worries once you visit the city. The nightlife is amazing, with a wide variety of pubs and night clubs to visit most popular among them Gemmayze street, mono, Hamra street, downtown Beirut. During the day you can stroll the busy street of this city that never sleeps or just spend a day on the beach if you're visiting in the summer. The shopping malls are quite decent and of course the downtown area and the Souks. A new spot in town is Zeytuna bay where many popular restaurants are found.
- BeirutMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury TravelersHistory Buffs
A city of contrasts and paradoxes sculpted by this small country's tragic and often bloody history. As you arrive in Beirut's city centre, or stroll down the corniche you could almost imagine this is where the Middle East meets Paris or Miami, but then you turn a corner and weapon damage to buildings jolts you back into realising that things haven't always been as happy, confident and outgoing as they appear. But it's nevertheless a compelling destination and a thriving, cultural and cosmopilitan city reflecting its status as a crossroads for western and Middle Eastern influences. For the time being, the music and laughter hasn't stopped but the place is the geo-political equivalent of the San Andreas fault.
One of my favorite cities in the world: great food, exciting nightlife, wonderful people. And it's right by the water. I'd run along the Corniche whenever I could. Great day trips too. Drive two hours from the city and you're at Baalbek, which has breathtaking temple ruins from the Roman period that have not been overrun by tourists. Drive an hour and you're in the Mediterranean town of Byblos. Eat fresh fish and sip the local liquor Arak at any of the restaurants by the water.
Lovely, beautiful city. Full of life, sights to see, places to eat, great nightlife, relaxing beaches, bays, and marinas. Recommend checking out the American University Beirut campus in Al Hamra - beautiful campus overlooking the sea. Also, the corniche area. Eat at Barbar for authentic lebanese - an institution of delicious food.
- BeirutMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
This is one of the great capitals of the world. Yes, she is pockmarked and, no, she doesn't have as many tourist landmarks as a New York, Paris or Rome. What Beirut lacks in tourist sites she makes up for with excellent food, lovely seaside ambience, and a culture that really knows how to celebrate life and seize the day. The Lebanese people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Worth a visit just to break the stereotypes that come with decades of watching CNN.
- BeirutMember ofFoodiesStudentsLuxury Travelers+ 2
The New York Times set out to find the top 44 places to visit in 2009. The first on the list was our beloved BEIRUT. It appears under Luxury, Foods, and Party categories, and I wouldn’t agree more.
By end of July, CNN did a report on whether Beyrouth was the Best Party City in the world? It definitely IS!
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