If you’ve never visited Beirut, you may be forgiven for thinking it is noisy, chaotic and polluted and thus a definite no go as a holiday destination.
This could not be further from the truth. Indeed, it may look like that from the superficial outside however, Beirut has many deep layers where one can explore what the city is really all about. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Beirut.
Lebanese food is the best!
Naturally, we are going to start off with the food. Beirut is very well known for its food and offers a variety of dishes to suit all stomachs. Of course, you have the traditional Lebanese cuisine that we have brought to London. Furthermore, you can opt for an upper class international cuisine, yummy ice cream parlours and the spiciest and most mouth-watering breakfast, lunches and dinners. There is also the option of out of hours’ joints, perfect after a late night out. Beirut is a truly foodie nation, we’re famous for food marathons! Why not give that a try?
Beirut National Museum
The National Museum of Beirut began life way back in 1919, when the ‘museum’ was comprised of just a few ancient artefacts, collected by a French officer named Raymond Weill. Between then and now, funds were generated to construct a proper museum, a dream that culminated on May 27th 1942.
Fast forward to 2016, the museum houses the heritage and culture of Beirut including the sarcophagus of Ahiram, King of Byblos and many other coins, jewellery, mosaics and woodwork.
Unfortunately, the Lebanese civil war took its toll on the Museum where it required restoration work, which began in 1995 and was completed in 2000. Perhaps the greatest attraction of the museum is the documentary detailing its long road to restoration.
Diversity in Nature
Beirut contains many wonders of nature, which leaves a lot of scope for the travellers and explorers. In a single day, you can climb a mountain, do a bit of skiing and then rest on the beach!
If you’re into your hiking, the Lebanese Mountain Trail is for you. The trail is a massive 293 miles long and will take you through almost a 100 different towns and villages. For a really ‘hands on’ experience of the culture of Beirut and its people, this is one walk you do not want to miss out on.
From extreme sports enthusiasts to beach goers, you’ll find a whole host of hotels catering both experiences. You really have no reason to get bored!
A community feeling
The positive experience of any vacation can be drastically increased if you’re visiting somewhere with friendly people and that’s certainly the case at Beirut! You’ll be treated as family and there is a real community feeling amongst the locals. There is huge culture and emphasis on spending quality time with each other and people are always on the streets having a good laugh. Makes a change from the tablet and technology generation in Europe!
Le Gray Hotel
Le Gray Hotel in Beirut is a luxury hotel that comprises of the finest and most brilliant experience hospitality has to offer. For instance, the presidential suit is the best money can buy, which includes a stunning panoramic 180-degree view of Beirut, a terrace and a 220 sq lounge. In total there are 8 different suite types to choose from. Additionally, make the most of its scenic pool setting as well as the cigar lounge and an exquisite dining experience at Gordon’s Café and Terrace. Lastly, take a breather with various spa and beauty options or work up a sweat at the gym.