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Lebanese culture is captivating and a trip to this fantastic Middle Eastern country will surely leave you wanting more. The history of the country is staggering, and is reflected in the design of the cities and the architecture which includes the impressive Pheonician influences spanning from the capital, Beirut, to further afield. As it is mostly mountainous landscapes, there are many opportunities for outdoor pursuits including skiing and climbing. Driving in this country is a challenge – but one that makes it all the more fun to visit.
Beirut, the capital, has been the subject of some extensive investment by the government in recent years to develop the central district and is one of the most exciting cities in the region. The neighbourhoods of Gemmayzeh and Achrafiye are particularly popular with the young and trendy. Aside from this, you will also find a staggering insight into the country’s political history in the southern part of the city, which is still home to the Hezbollah secretary.
Outside of Beirut, Jounieh, is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle and comes alive during the weekends, when many escape from the city for a few days. Baalbek, the ‘Sun City’ is widely considered to be one of the most important sites in the Middle East for its temples. The Hezbollah influence is strongly felt here – and it is one of the most conservative areas of the country, therefore strongly contrasting Beirut. However, despite this, Baalbek also has several of its own unique cultural diversions, ranging from music festivals to theatre. Another must-see during a visit to Lebanon is the town of Byblos, which is almost Mediterranean in feel and, as such, has a lot of glitz and glamour that is not seen so much in other parts of the country. Visit the fishing club for some truly memorable experiences. Be sure to make some time to sample the cuisine on offer, in particular delicacies such as hummus