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Lebanon has its capital city in Beirut which is also the largest city in the country. While you can travel to Lebanon at any time of the year, it's much more delightful to visit during the summer, the weather is usually warm and comfortable during this period. Summers in Lebanon are packed with a lot of outdoor activities, trips to the beaches, and a lot of cultural events to have fun at.
Lebanon has a rich and unique culture, with about 18 different religious groups, and an exquisite variety of local cuisines. 54% of the population predominantly practice Islam while Christians make up about 40.4% of the population. The main national dishes include kibbe and the tabbouleh while the routine everyday food eaten by the people are pita bread, rice, pasta, and red meat.
Arabic is the official language spoken in Lebanon. A majority of the Lebanese also speak either French or English fluently and Armenian is often spoken by a small percentage of the population.
There are no air services available in Lebanon so to get around you’d have to be driven from one end of the country to the other. Roads are narrow and may seem chaotic to new visitors of the country, and the public transportation system is inadequate. The best way to get through the city is with buses and private/shared taxis.
The Lebanese people are very warm and friendly people, on first encounter, they will greet you warmly, offer you a handshake and then go on to ask about your family and why you are visiting Lebanon. Lebanon, especially Beirut is one of the safest places to travel but it's best to avoid the suburbs in the south of the country.
Lebanon is a wonderful tourist destination with a lot of fascinating historical landmarks, sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine. While exploring Lebanon, festivals you should definitely attend are The Baalbeck International Festival, Byblos International Festival, Jounieh International Festival and the Beiteddine Art International Festival, which takes place in a large and magnificent 200-year old palace in the Chouf Mountains in Lebanon.
When visiting Lebanon, you will never be bored of places to see. There are a lot of amazing tourist attractions;
The National Museum of Beirut which conserves more than 100,000 antiquities, sculptures and artifacts dating back to the prehistoric and medieval times.
Baalbek Trilithon, the largest hewn stone in history.
The Beiteddine Palace, built over 300 years and one of Lebanon’s greatest cultural treasures with its elaborate architecture, historic mosaics, and priceless decorations.
The Old Souks in Jbeil is a must visit too. The historical walkways come alive during the day as a heritage site, and at night, it’s a great place to hang out with friends. Also, a perfect place to take pictures and just relish in the breathtaking atmosphere.
If you enjoy the seaside or mountain view, you will enjoy staying in Lebanon, especially the city of Beirut, you will have a wide variety of hotels and apartments to choose from.
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How do I travel out of Lebanon?Get Visa from Lebanon
For Lebaneses looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Lebanon visa to those countries, Embassies in Lebanon and Visa Free Countries for Lebanese passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Lebanon
Is it safe to visit Baalbek in Lebanon?
While it is much safer to visit Beirut, and some parts of Baalbek, the Roman ruins of Baalbek are not safe to visit.
Is Lebanon safe for solo travellers?
While many travellers believe that safety in both Beirut and Lebanon is an issue. That is not the case rather, Lebanon, including Beirut, is one of the safest countries in the Middle East.
Can a US citizen go to Lebanon?
U.S. citizens coming to Lebanon for tourism can obtain a one-month visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport or other port of entry. U.S. citizens who also hold Lebanese citizenship are subject to the requirements and responsibilities of Lebanese citizenship under Lebanese law.
What language do they speak in Beirut?
The official language is Arabic and the dialect used is Lebanese Arabic. Most people are bilingual and can additionally speak French or English. You don't have to worry about speaking Arabic because most Lebanese people use the 3 languages interchangeably in their daily lives.
What is the traditional food of Lebanon?
Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine style of cooking that includes an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Arak is an anise-flavoured liqueur, the Lebanese national drink and which is usually served with a traditional convivial Lebanese meal.