A shining jewel in the sand, Beirut is a fascinating deviation from what you might expect in the Middle East. It’s a city of bewildering contradictions, mixing turbulent history with lavish, contemporary ambition. Vast areas of regeneration have rejuvenated the capital’s once flourishing tourism industry, offering a refreshing opportunity for visitors to sample both new and old traditions.
The beauty of Beirut’s diverse cultural history means that your experience can be shaped largely on which regions you choose to spend your time in. Happily, the city’s vast choice of accommodation is equally assorted, from palaces fit for Royalty to cheap hotels for backpackers on a shoestring; there are plenty of options to suit every taste and budget. Wander the colonial relics of Downtown, dance the night away in Achrafieh, or, even ski the slopes in Mzaar. Beirut really does cater for all.
Keen to establish itself as an international tourist destination, Beirut’s retail industry has seen an influx of world-renowned designers, high-end boutique stores and sprawling shopping malls sprout up around the city. A clear sign that Beirut means business, these modern retail hubs play host to everything and anything a shopaholic could desire. Those with an expensive taste are well catered for, with many visitors seeking the luxury jewelry, leading fashion brands and the latest consumer goods that Beirut has become so well known for selling.
With its seemingly limitless choice, Beirut is a foodie’s heaven. Vibrant, varied and flavorsome are just a few of the complimentary adjectives you could use to describe Lebanese cuisine with dishes typically abundant in fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood and seasoned with healthy portions of garlic and olive oil.
A city thriving with intrigue and paradox, Beirut offers a unique chance to sample both emotive history and full-on hedonism in the same day. With such a varied choice of attractions, sights and landmarks, visitors are well and truly catered for. Whether you choose to stroll down the Corniche, admire the stunning mosques and ruins throughout the city, or go bargain hunting in the souks, you won’t be short of options.
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