With a Mediterranean climate, Lebanon is a country that offers year-round sunshine...
While the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon is relatively small, there is certainly no shortage of attractions. Known for its souks and markets, Mediterranean beaches, vineyards and 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 three miles south of Beirut city centre. For flights from the UK the best option is Heathrow, where you will find inexpensive flights offered by Cyprus Airways, Turkish Airlines or Czech Airlines.
Lebanon is known for its Mediterranean climate, which means that holidaymakers 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 20C-30C during this period.
However, travelling around the country is not easy without your own vehicle, so hiring a car is undoubtedly the best option. Use TravelSupermarket to find the best deal on cheap car hire in Lebanon. Usually, the best option is to pre-book so you can collect your vehicle from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport. From Beirut, car rental will allow you to explore further afield.
Before travelling to Lebanon, it is wise to check with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for current travel advice.
Beirut has the population, but there are sights and delights to be had all over 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 Beiteddine 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. Some of the best places to eat can be found in the picturesque downtown areas of Beirut. Head for Place de l’Etoile where you’ll find some fine restaurants, cafes and bars.
If you’re looking for some of Lebanon’s famous historical sites, a 90-minute drive north east of Beirut will find you in Baalbeck. Here you’ll find some particularly fine Roman ruins.
For scenery, head north to the Qadisha Valley. It’s a two-hour drive, but you’ll be rewarded with a Unesco World Heritage Site that stretches to the coast and is peppered with caverns, monasteries and delightful villages.