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Nightime view over Beirut, Lebanon

While the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon is relatively small, there is certainly no shortage of attractions. Famous for its souks and markets, Mediterranean beaches, vineyards and, of course, the Chouf Mountains, this historically important country is well worth a visit. To get around Lebanon car hire will prove invaluable.

Lebanon is served by Beirut International Airport (BEY), which lies just five kilometres south of Beirut city centre. For flights from the UK the best option is Heathrow, where you will find various inexpensive flights offered by Cyprus Airways, Turkish Airlines or Czech Airlines.

Lebanon is known for its Mediterranean climate, which means that holiday makers can visit at any time of year. However, between June and August the country sees very little rainfall and this is when many people choose to go there. Temperatures range from 20-30 degrees C during this period.

Traditional Middle Eastern architecture in Lebanon

If you are interested in Art Deco architecture, then this is the place to go because Lebanon has fine examples. Also worth a look are the splendid Gibran Museum and the Beiteddin Palace, which is one of the region's finest architectural jewels. Further highlights include both the Bekaa and Qadisha Valleys and Byblos - an ancient Phoenician city - all of which are now classed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

One of the finest aspects of Lebanon is its cuisine. Anyone who visits the country should try a Lebanese barbeque, which is characterised by its special barbequed chicken, while the range of vegetarian dishes such as tabouleh or warak anab is impressive. Another great advantage for visitors to Lebanon is that dining out is refreshingly cheap.

However, travelling around the country is not easy without your own vehicle, so hiring a car is undoubtedly the best option.