- Updated On:
- September 3, 2019
- Year Built: 1900
Lebanon is a relatively small country located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. It is a natural wonder and you can visit it in any of the four seasons.
While Lebanon still bears the scars of the civil war and is regarded as a conflict zone, just like the rest of the Middle East, there are many other aspects to the country.
The rich heritage of Lebanon dating back to the Phoenician era, and the countless points of attraction make Lebanon an ideal destination for travelers from all around the world.
Allow me to shed light on this small country – Switzerland of the East – the Lebanon I love, and it will undoubtedly top your travel bucket list.
1. People - multilingual, friendly and hospitable
Arabic is our native language but wherever you go, you find people who speak good English and French.
Although road signs and maps are hard to come by, you will not get lost because people are always willing to give you directions. They might even stop what they are doing to guide you to your destination.
People travel for different reasons. Some seek adventure; others like to try new food and the target of some others is a new experience or meeting new faces. As for those who travel to celebrate, Lebanon offers a booming nightlife where you can sing, dance and drink merrily.
Along with Ibiza, Sao Paolo, Berlin and London, Lebanon is a great destination for party lovers. You can spend the night on a rooftop in Beirut, by the seaside, or dance till dawn on top of a mountain with music swinging between Arabic, English, French, Spanish or a fusion … while tasting the best cocktails and drinks. Cheers!!!
Lebanon enjoys a rainbow of seasons: a mild autumn, a cold winter, a warm spring and a hot summer.
Each season offers a variety of activities ranging from hiking to skiing to surfing and swimming.
Lebanon is the only Arab country that has no desert.
There is no room for objectivity when it comes to Lebanese cuisine. Lebanon competes with Paris, the city of gastronomy.
Not only is the Lebanese cuisine diverse and tasty, it also satisfies the taste of vegetarians and meat lovers as well.
You can start your day with a Mankoushe or Knefeh, and alleviate your hunger with a variety of our local dishes such as hummus, tabbouleh, fattouch, kebbe …
Our food gets even better when served with some locally made arak, wine or beer. Bon appetit!!!
Sunsets in Lebanon are “instagramable”. Whether on sea level or at an altitude of 2000 meters, Lebanese sunsets are among the most colorful and spectacular sunsets of the planet.
Wherever you are in the country, you should make time to watch the sunset and enjoy this beautiful moment over the Mediterranean Sea.
This inspiring and apocalyptic sunset is a daily sight definitely not to miss.
More than 20 ecosystems are spread across this green, beautiful and small country.
From the mind-blowing Jeita grotto and the natural reserves of cedars, oak and pine forests, to the waterfalls, rivers, valleys and high mountains … Lebanon offers a variety of natural gems to explore.
Lebanon is the perfect choice for nature lovers.
As mentioned above, the four types of seasons offer a variety of activities such as hiking, diving, skiing, paragliding, rafting, mountain climbing…
The ski slopes of our mountains are the most coveted in the region; cave and wreck diving are a must-do, paragliding over the cedars forest or the Jounieh Bay and rafting in the Assi River are some of the most amusing activities.
8. History and Culture
Our ancient and diverse history has put Lebanon on the world map with interesting archeological and historical sites, and beautiful ancient and authentic buildings …
Lebanon has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites designated as “Outstanding Cultural or Natural Importance to the Common Heritage of Humanity”: Anjar, Baalbeck, the Cedar Forests and Qadisha Valley, Byblos and Tyre.
It is a perfect place for religious tourism due to the truly diversified archeological vestiges from the Roman civilization, to the Mamelouk era ending with the Ottoman Empire.
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This is such an interesting article! Straight to the point and so attractive! Makes you want to book your flight right now 🙂
Thanks Amal for your feedback and support. hope all my articles will help you to move around in Lebanon 🙂