Beirut. The capital of Lebanon has for many years been a battleground. Today, in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, it is being revived with astounding vigour. She draws new forms, moves away from her past to invent a future for herself, savours the present with an intensity that was long denied her. Everything is moving very quickly in this metropolis, a true symbol of Lebanese history, and as soon as we have set foot in it and understood how life worked here, chaotic, indocile, warm, this desire to take a bite out of the present that inhabits city dwellers with a frank look, a contagious smile and unlimited hospitality, grabs you and projects you forward. In Beirut, everything seems possible. We meet people, we talk as loud as we laugh, we stay in the restaurant for long periods of time and then we dance until the early hours of the morning before separating, delighted. An endless night life! Beirut's tourist guide offers multiple walks through the districts of Hamra, Ashrafieh or the city centre, taking visitors from archaeological remains to innovative art galleries, from trendy restaurants to original shopping addresses. Lebanese cuisine (tabbouleh, hummus...), jolting taxis, scrolls of smoke from hookahs escaping from the terraces and crazy nights are also on the menu. And what about the shimmering light that envelops Beirut at dusk? Why deprive yourself of such an exotic getaway only four hours from Paris?

What to visit Beirut?

When to go to Beirut?

With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, the question "When to go to Beirut?" finds an easy answer: all year round! However, this Mediterranean climate can be contrasted in winter, beautiful sunny days are frequent and often interrupt two or three days of rain. Thus, bad weather never lasts very long. On the other hand, summer is the high season and the hottest period, and it almost never rains. The humidity level is particularly high on the coast and it is the season of festivals and lively evenings on the rooftops of the capital and on private beaches. Hotel rates rose at that time. The best time to travel to Beirut is certainly in the spring: if you go there in March-April, you will enjoy a mild and dry climate, but with short episodes of sand winds, called khamsin, that turn the Lebanese sky yellow. Walks along the cornice and in the alleys of Ashrafieh are also very pleasant in September and October, making autumn a good solution to "When to go to Beirut?

How to go to Beirut? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There are French-speaking specialists in tourism oriented towards the Lebanese capital. These agencies, thanks to their good knowledge of the terrain and the main players in Beirut's tourism industry, can provide you with this good advice and tailor-made travel, including flight and accommodation, to discover the city's main attractions: historical sites, museums, shopping, gastronomy and good places to celebrate!

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Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, it is no longer possible to reach Lebanon by car. The southern border with Israel is closed. It is therefore the air route that independent travellers will choose to travel to Beirut. Discovering the city alone is certainly the best way to meet people and overall, Beirut is a safe enough city as long as you don't get involved in the demonstrations. To benefit from good rates, plan your trip ahead!

Beirut is a relatively small city. You can therefore make your excursions on foot, by bus or taxi service. This last means of transport is the simplest, fastest and ultimately the most economical. The only requirement is not to be fooled and to negotiate the cost of your trip before getting in the car!

Prepare for your trip Beirut

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, the question "When to go to Beirut?" finds an easy answer: all year rou...
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Weather forecast

The high tourist season in Lebanon corresponds to the great European holidays, namely summer. Beirut then rises in te...
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Budget

Beirut is not a particularly cheap city. Fortunately, the smartest people will always find a way to discover this cit...
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Formalities

No need to apply for a visa to travel to Beirut. A simple entry stamp on your valid passport is sufficient. Admission...
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Health

No special vaccines are required to travel to Beirut. Concerning drinking water, great caution should be exercised an...
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How to travel by yourself?

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, it is no longer possible to reach Lebanon by car. The southern bord...
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How to get organized?

There are French-speaking specialists in tourism oriented towards the Lebanese capital. These agencies, thanks to the...
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Getting around

Beirut is a relatively small city. You can therefore make your excursions on foot, by bus or taxi service. This last...
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