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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.

Top hotels in Beirut

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mayflower Hotel
Mayflower Hotel
4 out of 5
Yafet Street Hamra, Beirut
The price is AU$42 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 21 Apr. 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 AU$614 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 17 Jan. 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 AU$304 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 2 Sep. 2019

Coral Beach Hotel and Resort 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$141
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa
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Private Full-Day Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa

AU$472
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation
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Jeita-Harissa & Byblos Transportation

AU$72
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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