#A pleasant climate all year round
Lebanon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Winter is mild and rainy on the coast. But there are many thinnings and short rains. Snow is present in the mountains from January to March. Summer is hot and dry. The mountainous regions, cold in winter, offer a very pleasant climate in summer. The popular saying says that in Lebanon, you can ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon. Spring and early fall remain the two best times to visit the country. The climate is pleasant, there are fewer tourists and the lights are sparkling.
A cultural and historical richness :
A crossroads of civilizations between the West and the East, Lebanon is a cultural and religious mosaic (18 religious denominations). Its history is rich and eventful. The Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Egyptians and Turks left extraordinary and varied traces. Lebanon is not only about its civil war (1975-1990), the conflict in the summer of 2006 or the various political crises. On the contrary, the land of cedars offers a multitude of archaeological sites, Byzantine ruins, Roman temples and crusader castles to discover. Lebanon's rich history obviously includes such must-see sites as Baalbek, Byblos, Tyre and Beiteddine. But a thousand other treasures await you too.
A contrasting nature
Despite its small size, Lebanon offers multiple and very contrasting landscapes. It only takes a few kilometres to pass from the desert regions of Hermel or the agricultural plains of Bekaa to the forest areas of Aakkar or the arid hills of South Lebanon. If the mythical cedar forests are getting smaller and smaller, the Jeta caves and the Kadisha valley are natural wonders not to be missed.A world-famous culinary wealthVaried, fine and delicious, Lebanese cuisine has an excellent reputation throughout the world. You can start with a traditional mezzé, an assortment of small hot or cold dishes (mangos, tabbouleh, fattouche, kebbe). A Lebanese meal is initially accompanied by an arak, an aniseed-based alcoholic beverage, followed by a delicious local wine (Ksara, Kéfraya, etc.). Grilled meats (shish taouk, kafta) made from minced meat and chicken skewers are then the main course. Feel free to pick directly from the dishes with a piece of pita, the delicious Lebanese bread. Finally, you will not be able to leave your table without tasting the local pastries made with dried fruit and cream or succumb to the delight of the mouhalabié, a cream of milk drizzled with orange blossom syrup and pistachio chips!
A sincere hospitality
The hospitality of the Lebanese is not an empty word. Preventive and welcoming, the Lebanese will receive you with attention and kindness. You will always find someone to show you your way, to help you and to make your stay easier. In addition, the French enjoy a real reputation among the Lebanese. At random, you can be asked to share your hosts' coffee or meal.
A sense of celebration
Beirut's sleepless nights are beginning to spread around the world. Sky Bar has been designated as one of the best bars in the world. Just that! Evenings on a private beach, on the roof of buildings or a hotel, in the basements, the Lebanese do not miss the opportunity to celebrate. Direction Gemmayzé, Mar Mikhael or Hamra for a drink. Restaurants, bars, discos, nothing is missing to have fun!
A sporting destination
In addition to its unique cultural and historical heritage, Lebanon is an exceptional place to welcome sports adventurers. As soon as you land in Beirut, you can rush to the beaches or to water parks with swirling slides. You can also arm yourself with bottles and dive near Tyre or Saida to discover ancient and sunken remains. Diving is a booming activity in Lebanon. From November to March, if you want to put on your skis, no problem: a short hour's drive and here you are in the mountains, ready to slide down the Faraya slopes at the foot of the Mount Lebanon range. You can also walk through the petrified forest, a fabulous mineral landscape from which eccentric and impressive shapes emerge. Hiking, mountain biking, rafting, climbing, caving: the Lebanese mountain allows all these activities.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette