Despite the fact that Lebanon is one of the tiniest countries in the world, it also brags about being one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, where dozens of different religions coexist pacifically.
With an ancient and fascinating history, the best nightlife in the Middle East, awesome cuisine and a liberal and westernized social life, sometimes you may forget that you are actually at the heart of the most turbulent region in the world.
For all the information, don’t forget to read my travel guide to Lebanon
Capital – Beirut
Population – 6 million (112th)
Language – Arabic is the official but French is widely spoken among many educated people.
Visa – Practically all Western nationalities can get a FREE 30-day visa on arrival at the airport.
Safety – Considering Lebanon a dangerous destination is a really wrong approach because this is one of the safest countries in the region. For more information, read: Is it safe to travel to Lebanon?
When to go – Lebanon is an actual year-round destination. Summers are pretty hot but it is ideal for hiking and there is a lot going on in Beirut. Winter is the season for skiing but the cities never get too cold, so sightseeing is highly feasible. Spring and autumn are the most ideal months to travel around.
Travel insurance – Lebanon is pretty wild, so remember to always travel with proper travel insurance. I recommend World Nomads for the following reasons:
- It is the only company that covers with an unlimited budget
- It provides coverage for a very big bunch of adventure activities, including trekking in high altitudes
- You can hire it while on the road
5 Top experiences to do in Lebanon – My favorites
- To experience Beirut’s cosmopolitan life – The capital of Lebanon is the most Westernized Arab Capital. Read: A travel guide to Beirut.
- The legacy of war – Buildings filled with bullet holes and things like that can be found all over the place in Beirut
- The mountains of the north – The northern mountain are home to the cedars as well as some pretty remote monasteries.
- Epic Roman ruins – The ruins of Baalbek are some of the most important Roman ruins outside of Rome
- Tripoli, authentic Lebanon – Whereas Beirut feels too modern sometimes, the second city of Lebanon has kept its traditional essence.
For more information, don’t forget to read my Lebanon 2-week itinerary
Typical costs – Lebanon is not a very budget destination and, assuming you stay in budget accommodation and eat in local places, I would target a minimum of 30-40USD per day. For more information, read: Backpacking in Lebanon, how much does it cost?
Accommodation – In Lebanon, accommodation is expensive but both hotels and hostels can be found all over the country, especially in Beirut. My 2-week Lebanon itinerary shows you the different options by city.
However, the cheapest option would be renting a room or an apartment through Airbnb. And if you create an account through my link, you will get up to 35€ of FREE credit on your next booking.