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With a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea and a rich patchwork of history and culture, Lebanon should be any foreign traveller’s dream. However, conflicts in neighbouring Syria and Israel put some people off visiting the country. Indeed, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to areas along the Syrian border, which extends to the city of Tripoli (advice relevant at the start of 2015). It also advises against all but essential travel to Sidon, also known as Saida – a fascinating and historic city on the Med.
Beirut has a youthful outlook and welcoming vibe, but the FCO advises against travel to southern suburbs of the city due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.
Central areas of the city are considered to be as safe as any of the other major cities in Western Asia, though travellers are advised to take extra care and keep an eye on current advice.
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Discover the best hotels in Lebanon with our guide to where to stay…
Visitors usually make their way to Lebanon in summer, when average daytime temperatures hit 30C along the sparkling Mediterranean shoreline. It can be humid during these months, so look for a hotel in Lebanon with air-conditioned rooms to enjoy a more comfortable stay.
Seafront hotels in Beirut are located along the coastal promenade, the Corniche. Tourists also book hotels in the Beirut Central District (BCD), also known as Centre Ville, and in the marina. International brands such as Radisson Blu, Four Seasons, Hilton, and Crowne Plaza operate hotels here.
There are also many wonderful mountain resorts, perfect for spa breaks or skiing trips, on and around Mount Lebanon, which is a 45-minute drive from central Beirut.
With a long and colourful history, Lebanon has an impressive collection of things to see...
Top five attractions
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
This is a huge national park blanketed with forests of oak, juniper and cedar. It stretches from the southern Niha Mountain to the north’s Dahr Al-Baidar.
An imposing building on Beirut’s skyline, the ancient Al-Omari became the city’s Grand Mosque in 1291.
Tripoli’s main attraction has been overlooking the city since the 14th century. Its huge structure has withstood several conflicts, the history of which is chronicled inside in a small museum.
Hammam ‘Izz ed-Dine
This typical, public bathhouse was handed to the people of Tripoli in the 13th century and has been in constant use ever since.
Sidon Sea Castle
The impressive ruins of Sidon Castle have been captivating historians’ imagination for centuries. The Phoenicians were the first to occupy the stronghold, which then became a fortress from which to repel invaders over decades of conflict.
Lebanon has strived to preserve its many festivals and events. Here are three of the biggest…
Tripoli International Fair; April: This is considered to be the region’s oldest trade fair and there will be a lot of demand for hotel rooms during this time.
Beirut Marathon; November: Said to be one of the toughest athletic events in the world, competitors nevertheless flock from around the globe to take part. It is the biggest marathon staged in the Middle East.
Lebanese Independence Day; November: A nationwide celebration to mark the end of French rule in 1943.