About 1,900,000 people call Beirut in Lebanon home.
From here it’s about 140 miles (225 kilometers) to the south to Amman, Jordan and 340 miles (547 kilometers) to the northwest to Antalya, Turkey.
Enjoy window shopping and try on new outfits in a few of the local shopping venues such as Hamra Street or Le Mall Sin El Fil. These are two of the best retail hubs for fashion and food buffs who visit in the city.
Two of the more interesting civic spaces in this city include Martyrs Square and Nejmeh Square. Treat yourself to a local snack, mingle with locals and other visitors, and you’ll soon understand why these squares are so loved by Beirut residents.
If you’re at a loose end in Beirut, why not check out the Planet Discovery and the National Museum of Beirut. Follow a local guide or take a self-guided tour, study the collections or simply enjoy the peaceful spaces.
Discover the lifestyles of Beirut’s most influential families by visiting the city’s most stately residence. The Beiteddine Palace is one of those magical places which brings the sometimes intimate details of past lives vividly back to life.
There’s absolutely no excuse to neglect your game when staying in Beirut; visit Golf Club of Lebanon, home to the most challenging fairways in the area. Work on your backswing, and try to beat the course average, then enjoy a few drinks with fellow golf fanatics in the clubhouse bar.
When Mother Nature beckons, visit Sanayeh Park, one of the places where families can spend time outdoors. Enjoy the local flora and fauna, throw a Frisbee, or just enjoy the fresh air. This park is the perfect match for all moods and seasons.
The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a long-standing religious building that is well worth checking out. Enjoy the atmosphere of this fascinating place, understand its history and realize why it is so popular with both locals and tourists.
One of the more picturesque attractions in Beirut is the Manara Lighthouse. After a close inspection of the stucture, follow the paths to admire it against its natural backdrop.
To experience the number-one landmark in Beirut, head straight to the local landmark Clock Tower. Don't forget, not only is this place attractive, it is also a significant piece of local history.