Lebanon Travel Guide

Overview

Lebanon may not be a highly sought after tourist destination, but this little Middle Eastern country does have some amazing archaeological sights from Roman times.

One of the highlights would be the Baalbek ruins, which can be visited on a day trip from the Beirut area.

Read through this complete Lebanon travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts

Language

Arabic; 'Thank you' is 'shoukran'

Religion

Islam & Christianity

Capital

Beirut

Visa

Visa on arrival for most nationalities

Climate

Mediterranean; hot, sunny summers & mild, rainy winters

Power Plugs

Apps

Uber, Careem

Flights

The only international airport in Lebanon is in Beirut (code: BEY), which has direct flights from other countries in the Middle East and beyond. You can shop for flights to Lebanon on Skyscanner.

Safety

Lebanon is a relatively safe place to travel, with some caveats. The UN violent crime rate isΒ 4 per 100k inhabitants (36% lower than the global average), but terrorist attacks and kidnappings have occurred from time to time, so Lebanon may not be the best pick for solo travelers. In any case, I would recommend avoiding crowds and practicing situational awareness.Β The other thing to note is that Lebanese culture is conservative, so clothing in public should be reasonably modest.

Climate

The climate for coastal parts of Lebanon is Mediterranean, with hot, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters. The hottest months are July to September, butΒ even in these months the heat is not nearly as severe as Middle Eastern countries like Kuwait or Qatar.Β Summer temperatures for Beirut generally don't go above 85 F (29 C). The mildest weather for visiting Lebanon is during the spring or fall months, but any month of the year would be alright.

Budget

Lebanon may not be the most budget friendly travel destination, but it's not completely cost prohibitive either. Hostels are available from $20 and private hotels starting from $40. Meals are about $6 to $15 depending on location. Transportation in Lebanon is generally by motorbike or car, and these can be rented, but hiring a driver is preferable if you're new to the Middle East. Transportation apps like Uber and Careem are available here for short distance trips.

Tours

The best Lebanon tours & activities

Posts

My latest blog posts about Lebanon

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