Once called ‘Paris of the Middle East’, the capital of Lebanon is awash with atmosphere. Feel the ocean lap at your feet as you enjoy a serving of tabouleh with a side dish of humus, dining at restaurants that are literally seaside. Notice the contrast between Lebanon’s women, some wearing the traditional niqab, others with fresh nose job bandages.
Beirut has been destroyed and built from scratch seven times. It is known as the ‘Phoenix’.
Even the mix of religious buildings and trendy nightlife is eclectic. You will find yourself visiting the Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque with its sky-like dome at day, and partying at one of the countless rooftop bars at night. Check out the American University of Beirut with more trees than the rest of the city combined - and try a smoke of hookah at Gemmayzeh Street. Round it up in the infamous bunker-like nightclub BO18 situated underground with an open skylight. Gaze at the stars.