Lebanon, situated on the eastern Mediterranean coast, boasts of sea and snow, an unusual combination for any country its size. Its people and society are also a unique blend of tradition and sophistication, Christian and Muslim cultures. Shell-shocked Beirut, its capital city, has recovered from the ravages of 17 years of civil war and is now known as the party city. Lebanon is populated by very open and educated people, especially in places like Beirut, Mount Lebanon and some of the larger cities. Attitudes and behaviour tend to be more conservative in the Bekaa Valley and rural north and south.
Lebanon and Beirut were once called the Switzerland and Paris of the Middle East. The recent wars have diminished this status, but the Lebanese have learned to adapt. Their pursuit of happiness and fun overshadows their financial capabilities and political problems.
Lebanon is indeed a country with a long and rich history. Phoenician, Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Crusader, and Ottoman ruins are scattered about the country and the most important of them are easily accessible. Byblos, Beirut, Tyre and Sidon are among the oldest continuously populated cities in the world. There are Roman baths in Beirut, as well as the Cardio Maximus - to name a few.
Do You Need a VISA to Visit
Advanced real-time filter by visa, region, value, weather & activity
LEBANON QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Beirut
- Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP) (Also called Lira - lērä - [LL]) / (US dollars widely accepted)
- Area: 10,452 km²
- Population: 6,849 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
- Electricity: 110-220V/50Hz (European and UK plugs)
Search for flights to
LEBANON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 January, New Year
- 6 January, Christmas (Armenian community only)
- 7 January, Christmas (Eastern Orthodox only)
- 9 February, St. Maroon’s Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 6 May, Martyrs’ Day
- 25 May, Liberation of the South
- 15 August, Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- 1 November, All Saints Day
- 22 November, Independence Day
Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian, and Islamic holidays and festivals.
LEBANON WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate characterised by long, hot summers and short, cool winters. Lebanon receives 80 to 90 days of rain per year, mainly in the winter. Coastal areas experience an average temperature of 20°C that ranges from 13°C in the winter to 27°C in the summer. Cold north winter winds from Europe bring cool, wet conditions to northern Lebanon, while hot Khamsin winds bring warmer temperatures during fall and spring.
LGBTQ IN LEBANON