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Beyrouth - Berytus - Biruta


The capital of Lebanon and the gateway to the country, Beirut once was - and arguably is back as - the Paris of the Middle East. Practically obliterated by the civil war and Israeli invasions, Beirut is now doing what it does best: forgetting, rebuilding and reinventing itself, while the populace continues to party and live a decadent life. The beautiful Mediterranean city is trilingual (Arabic, French and English) and multi-cultural, and successfully blends the passions of the east with the refinement of the west. For some, though, it appears to struggle with identity as it amplifies all of the contradictions of the Middle East: it is European and Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Arab, wealthy and poor, opulent and rundown, modern and old, liberal and traditional, secular and religious, Moslem and Christian, be it Sunni or Shiite, Catholic or Orthodox. For a city that was destroyed and rebuilt seven times in its history, one trait does unite all of Beirut: the city always rises again.

From a visitor's perspective, Beirut offers superb restaurants, amazing nightlife, excellent shopping and hotels of all ranges. It is also rich in history and architectural heritage that span several millennia and civilisations, with traces of Roman Berytus and Phoenician Biruta visible to this day. Beirut is also a great departure point to tour the rest of Lebanon, which offers a stark contrast to the wealthy capital with a European silhouette, all within no more than a two hour drive.

With its beautiful architecture and scenery, delicious cuisine, exciting nightlife and amazing history, Beirut is a destination not to be missed.

Lebanon itinerary in March 2005:

Beirut - Beqaa Valley - Baalbek - Aanjar - Liban Nord (El Arz - Bcharré) - Tripoli - Mont Liban (Brummana - Beit Meri) - Byblos - Tyre - Sidon

Lebanon itinerary in November 2005:

Beirut - Liban Nord (northern Lebanon) - Tripoli - Beqaa Valley - Baalbek - Aanjar - Mont Liban - Byblos

Lebanon itinerary in June 2006:

Just Beirut

Syria & Lebanon itinerary in March 2008:

Syria - Beqaa Valley- Beirut

Lebanon & Syria itinerary in Dec 2009/Jan 2010:

Beirut - Liban Nord - Tripoli - Byblos - Beqaa Valley - Aanjar - Damascus - Baalbek - Mont Liban (Brummana - Beit Meri) - Tyre - Sidon

Lebanon itinerary in September 2010:

Beirut - Sidon - Mont Liban (Brummana - Byblos)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous country, rich culture, fascinating history, hospitable people.
  • Cons:Political chaos
  • Last visit to Beirut: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 30, 2011
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  • ellsasha's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    What an incredible wealth of information your pages offer. I'm almost finished reading Thomas Friedman's "From Beirut to Jerusalem" which prompted me to find out more about Beirut, so leading me to your pages. Thank you!

  • sarrahh's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    nice page about Beirut, btw where r u from?

  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Music Hall really is something... I just love reading your pages. Regards from a partial-Lebanese now. ;)

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    I loved this city, your page is a great detailed tour.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Great pages on Beirut :) Enjoyed reading about this wonderful city....Thanks for sharing :)

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Hey Momo, Good 'stolen' pic ;) Darshan

  • flynboxes's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Great pages...they make me want to go back to this awsome city.

  • VZ-Pam's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Beirut looks beautiful & I hope the same thing that more of us can see this wonderful city. Peace : )

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Great tips! I really hope this country can find lasting peace so more of us can see this beauty!

  • edvin_br's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    I must say that I never tought about Beiru that way. As a citizen of Israel we have not the best relations with our neighbor country. Excellent presentation!!


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