Visited Beirut Lebanon in December 2018, days are good and pleasant and evenings and nights Get cold for the duration of December in Beirut Lebanon. The winters are rather mild.
Airport immigration is rapid and effortless, have you hotel arrange for airport pickup to stay away from any taxi scams. Airport to downtown the expense for a taxi is about USD 15. The ride is much less then half an hour.
Security: I discovered Lebanon to be incredibly protected and did not have any concerns at all.
Keep: I stayed at a hotel close to downtown, amazing place, close to various consuming areas, walking distance to Beirut souk and tourist attractions. The expense was USD 35 a evening. Verify booking.com for some terrific hotel bargains.
Meals: Lebanon is a single of the finest nations for amazing cuisine. Right here is my recommendation ‘Le Chef’, Gouraud Street, Beirut. Tabbouleh salad there is incredible, I paid below USD 10 for a beer, fresh bread, olive oil, Salad and a primary dish. Mar Mikhael and hamra street are a different terrific place for meals and clubs.
Transportation: I employed minibuses to travel outdoors of Beirut, and inside Beirut did a lot of walking and employed shared cabs.
Funds: 1 USD equals to 1500 Lebanese pound at the time of writing this post, there are ATM’s everywhere. I use XE app on my sensible telephone for currency conversion.
Language: Most folks will speak some English, I employed google translate twice.
Travel Guide book – verify out Bradt’s Lebanon.
A single of the initially factors that just about every traveler will want to do when they arrive in Lebanon is take a look at the National Museum of Beirut. Inside, there are archaeological artifacts that share the history of the nation and the folks that have lived there more than the years. The two most well known exhibits are the Phoenician gilded bronze figures that had been discovered buried close to the Obelisk Temple at Byblos and the Phoenician marble statues of infant boys from the 6th century.
Soon after seeing these exhibits, every person will be prepared to venture more than to the Byblos Castle, which was constructed for the duration of the 12th century by the Crusaders. This castle was constructed, dismantled, and reconstructed, a couple instances, which tends to make it a special piece of history that is fortunately nevertheless standing.
A single of the oldest inhabited cities in the globe. It is a UNESCO Globe Heritage Website. From Beirut, I took a minibus, paid the bus driver 2000 Lebanese pound a single way or $1.50 USD. The minibus dropped me on side of a primary highway, from there I walked by means of open-air bars, souvenir shops, and outside cafes to the historical web pages. From Beirut to Byblos it took about half an hour by Minibus.
The entrance charge to the primary historical web-site is six or eight thousand Lebanese pound, I can’t bear in mind. The complete Complicated and the museum is worth going to, it dates back to 8000 BC.
Pottery discovered in Byblos from 3000 BC – 1600 BC
Beirut can observed by walking to most areas, I did take the cab twice to Cola bus station to take the mini bus to Baalbek and back to downtown. The expense of the shared cab was 3000 Lebanese pound or $two USD.
If you anyplace close to downtown you can’t miss the above Mosque and church.
I visited Beirut for the duration of Christmas Holidays, the complete Downtown Beirut was decorated with lights and Christmas decorations. Beirut Souq, was all decorated. Now this is nota regular middle eastern Souq, its incredibly contemporary with all the designer brand name a single can believe of.
Persons in Beirut are incredibly friendly. A single does see some army presence in Beirut due to close proximity to Syria, general its incredibly protected.