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.

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Top hotels in Beirut

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grand Concerto Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Kuwait St., Beirut
AU$76
per night
12 Oct. - 13 Oct.
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Excellent stay at grand concerto. Great value for your money and attentive staff. Loved the breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2019

Grand Concerto Hotel
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Raouché Arjaan by Rotana
4 out of 5
Chouran Street, Beirut
AU$156
per night
1 Oct. - 2 Oct.
4.2/5Excellent! (417 reviews)

"Great staff & emoloyees .. very welcoming & polite"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2019

Raouché Arjaan by Rotana
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InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut
5 out of 5
Minet El Hosn, Beirut
AU$406
per night
21 Oct. - 22 Oct.
4.6/5Wonderful! (217 reviews)

"it was amazing experience the staff were very kind and the hotel was very Beautiful ,also the pool is fantastic"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2019

InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut

Top activities in Beirut

Full-Day Tour of Baalbek, Anjar & Chateau Ksara with Lunch
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Full-Day Tour of Baalbek, Anjar & Chateau Ksara with Lunch

AU$138

The Beqaa Valley’s historical and cultural treasures await you on this day trip from Beirut. Marvel at an incredible collection of Roman architecture in Baalbek, taste the offerings of the country’s oldest winery, and discover the ruins of the eighth-century Umayyad city of Anjar.

Cedars of God, Qozhaya & Bsharri Day Trip from Beirut
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Cedars of God, Qozhaya & Bsharri Day Trip from Beirut

AU$124

Explore a few thousand years of Lebanon's national heritage with a day trip to see some of the country's most enduring sights. This journey takes you to see the biblical Cedars of God, the Monastery of Qozhaya, and the spectacular Kadisha Valley.

Historical Beirut Walking Tour
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Historical Beirut Walking Tour

AU$58

Discover 5,000 years of history in one of the world's oldest cities with this walk through the streets of central Beirut. Your knowledgeable guide shows you to fascinating destinations, from Canaanite archaeological sites to lively local markets, as you explore the wealth of culture and heritage on display.

Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beit ed-Dine & Deir al-Qamar
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Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beit ed-Dine & Deir al-Qamar

AU$131

Get to know the heart of the Middle East with a day trip that shows you some of Lebanon's oldest landmarks and offers a window into the region's long heritage. Your guide takes you around the sights of Beirut and out to explore a pair of historic cities that date back to the Ottoman era.

Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa
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Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa

AU$80

Let a private guide introduce you to 3 of the most incredible landmarks to explore on a day trip from Beirut. On this excursion to the limestone Jeita Grotto, the ancient town of Byblos, and Harissa’s majestic Our Lady of Lebanon, you get an intimate and personalized tour experience.

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

AU$22

Explore a truly historic city a your own pace with this fantastic unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on at Stop 1 and experience the Martyr’s Monument, a symbolic representation of the political history behind this communal area.