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BeirutLebanon

Visit a fascinating Middle Eastern city that showcases its broad cultural background in excellent museums and offers modern nightclub entertainment.

Beirut is a cosmopolitan city, rebuilt seven times after natural disasters and extended civil war. Explore the modern city to discover its historic roots from a range of civilizations including Ottoman, Abbasside, Omayyad, Byzantine, Roman, Hellenistic, Persian and Canaanite. Excavations have revealed a Roman hippodrome at Wadi abu Jamil and prehistoric tools dating back to 200,000 B.C.

Step into the National Museum of Beirut, bathed in golden light and featuring antiquities discovered within Lebanon. Highlights of this important site include carved ivory, Roman busts and three 6th century B.C. Phoenician statues of young boys. Bring headphones to listen to the complimentary audioguide.

Other museums include Planet Discovery for kids, the Sursock Museum of contemporary art in a beautiful Venetian-Ottoman mansion and the Robert Mouawad Private Museum, with fine jewelry, porcelain and other antiquities.

See the structures residents have built for the various religions practiced in Beirut. The 12th-century Al-Omari Mosque and the blue-domed Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, built in 2008, show the lasting presence of Islam. Near the modern mosque, the ancient St. George Greek Orthodox Church displays historic relics from an earlier Byzantine period.

Overlook the Mediterranean Sea as you walk along the Corniche promenade. In this great spot for people-watching, observe Muslim women in hijab, teenagers in Western-style T-shirts and international visitors from around the world. Sit in a cliff-top restaurant to watch the sun set behind Pigeon Rocks, two limestone monoliths rising from the water. Another peaceful spot is the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden, a memorial to the famous Lebanese-American poet and essayist, the author of The Prophet.

Visit city souks, selling goods from farm-fresh produce to ornate gold jewelry. Enjoy Lebanese and Armenian specialties, including lamb kebabs, labneh cheese, bulgur and olives. Find nightclubs in the Gemmayzeh district and join tours to see some of Lebanon’s natural beauty outside the city. Check the U.S. State Department website for any current advisories in Beirut or other parts of Lebanon.

Where to stay in Beirut

Streets of Achrafiyeh, Beirut

Achrafieh

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

The restaurants and shopping are a few reasons travelers visit Achrafieh. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighborhood, you can visit National Museum of Beirut and Sursock Museum, a few notable attractions nearby.

Achrafieh
The Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque', or Blue Mosque, is a Sunni mosque located in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  Construction on the Mosque began in 2002 and was completed in 2008. The mosque is built on the site of a 19th century prayer corner.  Previous mosques had been built on the site but had stopped operating after the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War

Beirut Central District

4.5/5Wonderful!(45 area reviews)

Beirut Central District is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Parliament Building of Lebanon and Beirut Souks.

Beirut Central District
Night pic of the bay rock

Raouche

4/5Very Good!(33 area reviews)

Visitors to Raouche appreciate its seaside views. A visit to Hamra Street and Pigeon Rocks might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Raouche
This is the entry of the Sursock residence.

Gemmayzeh

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Gemmayzeh, Sursock Museum and Saifi Village are top sights worth seeing.

Gemmayzeh

Top Hotels in Beirut

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mayflower Hotel
Mayflower Hotel
4 out of 5
Yafet Street Hamra, Beirut
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $28 per night

Located in Hamra, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lebanese American University and Hamra Street. American University of Beirut and Agial Art Gallery are ...

3.8/5Good! (454 reviews)
Nice hotel to stay

"It was amazing good people excellent delicious food clean room"…"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

Mayflower Hotel
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
5 out of 5
Al Akhtal Al Saghir, Jnah, Ghobeiry, Beirut
The price is $400 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ghobeiry resort is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hamra Street. Verdun Street and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (109 reviews)

"Everything was nice and officiant the service the room the restaurants . Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
Coral Beach Hotel and Resort Beirut
Coral Beach Hotel and Resort Beirut
5 out of 5
Jnah Avenue, Ghobeiry
The price is $198 per night

Located in the heart of Ghobeiry, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Hamra Street. Golf Club ...

3.8/5Good! (85 reviews)

"Property nice staffs are great Receptionist are great special Mervat / farah Rami Hassan Breakfast area Emad /Hamza/Ali and Ali /mohamed and Mohammad was extremely great we really enjoys the 12 Day's Great work keep it up HSIBLINI New York USA"…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Coral Beach Hotel and Resort Beirut

Popular places to visit in Beirut

Hamra Street
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Hamra Street

4.5/5(221 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Hamra Street, a popular shopping spot in Beirut. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Pigeon Rocks
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Pigeon Rocks

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pigeon Rocks, a lovely green space in Beirut. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its shops.

Beirut Corniche
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Beirut Corniche

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Beirut Corniche, a lovely green space in Beirut. Wander the seaside and beaches in the area.

Top things to do in Beirut

Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$33
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Beirut
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Vacation Photographer in Beirut

$250
Per adult
Private Lebanese Cooking Class in Beirut with Hotel Transfer
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Private Lebanese Cooking Class in Beirut with Hotel Transfer

$140
Per adult
Beirut Byblos, Jeita Grotto & Harissa Day Trip
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Beirut Byblos, Jeita Grotto & Harissa Day Trip

$60
Per adult
Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation
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Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation

$51
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Car-Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Baatara Waterfall -Full Day tour From Beirut
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Private Car-Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Baatara Waterfall -Full Day tour From Beirut

$200
Per adult

Reviews of Beirut

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.2962962962963%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.395061728395062%
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4/5 - Good

pgwanders

Feb 23, 2020

A wonderful mixture of modern convenience and ancient charm. Look past the crazy traffic and chaos, and enjoy the warm hospitality, good eats and history you can touch.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

it's great service

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

The finest country in the world A country that loves life❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

A beautiful city with incredible ruins and beautiful sights. The food was amazing!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Traffic is a headache.

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