Are you looking for a city full of energy and a lively, full-fledged city? Then it’s time to turn the route to Beirut. Let’s have look our latest Beirut Travel Notes.
Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has recently been one of the most popular destinations for both cultural and entertainment-based trips. Fast-paced, fashion-conscious and overwhelmingly friendly, it’s not a relaxing city to spend time in – it’s too crowded, polluted and chaotic for that – but its vibe, energy, soul, diversity and intoxicating atmosphere make it a vital, addictive city – no doubt. If your passport is ready and you have the necessary motivation, we can start to talk about this amazing city.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that, for many years, bloody battles have taken place, and Beirut has been reborn from the ashes. The city, which was founded on a nose to the east of the Mediterranean, is the largest city in the country with a population of around 2 million; but also locomotive. The city allows different ethnic groups to live together for centuries. The diversity in this population is reflected in the most secluded corners of the city.
Although it is an Arab city, most of the population is composed of Christians. The side-by-side images of the temples of Islam and Christianity have also added a cultural richness to the city. In the articles you read about Beirut, you will often see the analogy of the Middle East with Paris. It is not a lie either farket Because it is not possible to not notice the European breeze in the city’s squares, cafes and restaurants or even in the buildings.
Where to stay?
Walking distance to the interregional districts in Beirut. Therefore, you will be close to places to visit no matter where you prefer to stay. Low-budget hotels in the city are located in the Hamra region. Solidere, the new city district, is the heart of the city. Hotels are more luxurious around here. Hence the prices are also higher. But because of its proximity to the marina, many tourists prefer this place. Also, one of the convenient routes to the Beirut area is the airline.
As we said before, you can walk to places to visit in Beirut. Moreover, this will give you the opportunity to enter the streets of the city. However, if you prefer a transportation vehicle, you can prefer buses or taxis. However, taxis do not have taximeters. Therefore, it is better to ask how much you will pay before boarding and even bargain. If you want to get to the city center from the airport, which is nine kilometers away, the taxi is the only option. Let us say that this trip holds about 20 Euros; but you can still negotiate.
Places to visit
Zaitunay Bay and Corniche Coast
You can start the city from the port called Zaitunay Bay. This is a place where the skyscrapers show up when the city encounters the interior. You should walk along the coastline called Corniche starting from the harbor. The strip that continues for 4.8 kilometers adorn palm trees. Right below the road there are beaches.
Walking along the coastline of the Corniche, two large boulders in the sea will be caught in your eyes. These rocks that you frequently see in Beirut are known as the Pigeon Rocks. You can install coffee in one of the cafes and sip your coffee. Especially during the sunset these rocks give very nice photos.
National Museum of Beirut
The National Museum, the most important museum of the city, invites you to follow the traces of the civilizations that Beirut has been hosting for centuries. The museum suffered major damage in the Lebanon War between 1975-1991. However, after the war, it was repaired with the support of official institutions and private sector and reopened in 1999. One of the most notable works of the museum is the Seven Knowledge Mosaic, which depicts Socrated and Calliope, with seven sages around it.
Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque
Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque is the most important mosque in the city and even in the country. The simplicity of the external architecture leaves the building to a very ambitious motif. It is said that the architecture Azmi Fakhuri made this mosque inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Saint George Maronite Cathedral
Located next to the Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque and known as the oldest church in Beirut, Saint George Maronite Cathedral is a beautiful example of the city’s ethnicity. It is not known how many more cities a cathedral and cathedral are so close to, but seeing these two buildings together is perhaps the most important event of the Beirut trip.
When you turn left into the cathedral and the mosque, you will arrive to Martyrs Square about 200 meters away. There is a monument in the square that gives its name to the square. The monument is very important for the people of Beirut, where you can see the bullet marks thrown during the Civil War. In order not to forget the pain, the monument is not repaired.
Roman Baths, Beirut
The ruins of those who enjoy exploring the archaeological remains must be seen, and are located just behind the Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque. These finds dating back to the Roman period only appeared 50 years ago. The exhibition area is quite remarkable.
What to eat?
Lebanese Cuisine, a synthesis of Arabic, Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Therefore, we can guarantee that you will not be hungry during your trip to Beirut. In this city where you will be a guest of colorful dishes with various kinds of mezzes, there is a kind of pide type manques and of course you do not return without eating falafel.
Let’s not go without saying that the Lebanese rakı called Arak is well suited to these meals, where appetizers are served abundantly. For a traditional meal, you can choose Em Sherif, which is located on Monot Street. This is a very ambitious restaurant in both chic and Lebanese cuisine.
Night Life As we said at the beginning of the summer, Beirut is one of the most popular destinations for leisure-centered trips. Monot Street and Gemmayzeh come in the city where the night life of the city is colorful. Let’s just say: In order to be able to enter the nightclubs in the city, you need to book in advance and your costume is an effective factor in whether or not to take it. The city’s leading clubs include Skybar, White Beirut and Music Hall. If you prefer live music in a relatively quiet setting, go to Godot. Anise seems to have conquered Beirut with the cocktail menu.
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