Beirut was once dubbed the “Paris of the Middle East”, and its café culture is still a strong feature in the city. While people-watching may be a relaxing pastime, the Lebanese capital also has a wealth of other attractions to entertain and enthral.
Start with the Cilicia Museum, which houses a spectacular collection of Armenian cultural artefacts. The National Museum of Beirut also offers an in-depth timeline of the country’s past, including Phoenician marble statues from the 5th century BC.
If you fancy getting out of the city for a while, then head for the Horsh Beirut, a 40,000-square-metre pine forest on the edge of the city. There are also plenty of classical architectural sites to visit, including the Roman Baths and the ruins of the Cardo Maximus. The Grand Serail is an example of Ottoman architecture at its finest.