Being the capital and largest city of Lebanon, Beirut is located on a peninsula, washed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is located on the site of ancient civilizations, which left behind historical monuments: Roman baths, Byzantine basilicas, Ottoman palaces, Christian churches, mosques and parks. In addition to an extensive excursion program, the city also attracts tourists with various festivals and lively nightlife.
The capital of Lebanon attracts tourists not only historical sites, but also various festivals that take place here regularly throughout the year. Here are just some of the most famous festivals of Beirut:
- Beirut & Beyond Music Festival – December;
This is the largest musical event of the city, which brings together participants not only from the Middle East, but also from around the world.
- Lebanon Tattoo Festival – April;
As part of this festival, the best tattoo artists come to capital; they conduct master classes, exchange experiences and of course make tattoos.
- Afkart Art Festival – June;
During the festival, artists, artisans and designers come to city to show their talents to the public. As part of the festival, exhibitions, workshops, fashion shows, concerts, meets-and-streets.
- International Film Festival – October;
This is the largest annual copyright film festival. Every year the festival and films are devoted to a topic. Organizers thus try to draw the attention of the world community to this issue.
Despite the fact that Lebanon is mostly a Muslim country, the nightlife in Beirut is very active. Thanks to its colonial history, Lebanon perfectly combines European and Arabic cultures. That is why it is not surprising that the nightlife of the capital is full of bright colors.
There are always many tourists in Beirut. Therefore, those who want to join the night entertainment in clubs and bars should book a place in advance. Otherwise, almost certainly you will not find a free table.
Casinos are allowed in Beirut, so those who want to try their luck enjoy spending time at the roulette table or at the card table. Even at night, traffic jams can form on the streets of the capital and life does not stop for a minute. The attitude to alcohol is quite European. In clubs and bars, there is a huge selection of alcoholic beverages for every taste.
Every place in Beirut is trying to surprise its guests with something. Exclusive interiors and entertainment shows are the standard set of each bar. Some of them are located on the roofs of skyscrapers (for example, Sky Bar); others offer a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea along with an extensive menu and cocktail menu (Iris Beirut).
Even just walking along Beirut Waterfront you will see dozens of other different bars and clubs that will offer you the best service.