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The best things to do in Beirut - The top 8!

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, couldn’t get any more exciting. It is a tourist hub of the Middle East. Here's a list of the things you need to do when in Beirut.

1

Corniche

First on this list is the Corniche. This place needs to be checked out at sunset where you can witness the breathtaking beauty of Beirut in the fading lights. This place is ideal for a leisurely stroll. The promenade is the ideal location to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals here. Besides, if you are looking for the best hotels in Beirut for accommodation, you can start by checking out properties like Oaks Beirut.

2

Mezze Platters

Lebanon? Think Lebanese food and then the mezze. When you are in Beirut it should be a must to gorge on these. These are small dishes of appetisers, which boasts of delectable flavours. Besides, venture out and check out the Lebanese food, it is epic!

3

Beirut’ history

Lebanon has a rich culture and history. To explore it, just a casual walk along its streets will expose you to so much. You can uncover the untold stories that are lurking the alleyways and streets. The locals have so much to share, start up a convo and watch yourself getting completely immersed in what they share.

4

Detention centre

You probably have partied in most places. How about the detention centre? When in Beirut, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to party at a former centre for detention. The B018 is a legendary nightclub offering a good time.

5

City of the Sun

Monumental, mesmerising and truly magnificent is the Roman Temple located at Baalbek. The Greeks refer to it as the Heliopolis, meaning the City of the Sun. This used to be the most venerated temples in ancient times. The temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is a sight one has to behold.

6

The Souqs

You cannot visit a Middle Eastern country and not check out their local Souqs. The Beirut Souq, located in the downtown region, is the ultimate place that showcases development that took place after the Lebanese war. Vuitton, Louboutin and Hermes are just some of the shops that opened here, in the hallways of the thousand-year-old centre for trading in Beirut. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed.

7

Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhael

So, what is this place? Well, this is the ultimate hipster scene of Beirut. The place is lined with galleries, graffiti and bars. If this is your kind of scene, then you should know they offer the best.

8

Ancient civilisations at Byblos

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world-famous Byblos is nothing but a gem. This is the first Phoenician city and has a rich history. The place has hosted the Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Assyrians, crusaders, Mamluks, Romans and the Ottomans, for more than 7000 years. If you do not visit Byblos when in Beirut, your trip here really would not be complete.

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