Lebanon itinerary

A mesmerising country between sea and mountains

Lebanon Map

Your tooltip content goes here

Duration: at least 10 days

Best time to travel: March – October

Budget: $55 per day

If you’re planning to travel to Lebanon, you may be hesitant because of the crisis the country is facing. But don’t let that stop you from experiencing all that this beautiful nation has to offer.

Lebanon is going through a very rough time at the moment, but it doesn’t take away from its beauty, the warmth of its people, and its rich cultural background. From the lively souks of Beirut to the historic landmarks of Byblos, there are so many things to do in Lebanon.

And as a traveler, the current crisis should not deter you from visiting this alluring country. In fact, your visit could bring much-needed foreign currency to the resilient population.

In this compelling travel guide to Lebanon, you’ll find useful tips on how to move around, places to stay, and things to do while you’re there. Lebanon’s crisis may worry travelers, but fear not – this guide will show you how to exchange currency in the black market and explore the captivating country despite the situation.

  • Culture 90% 90%
  • Beaches 85% 85%
  • Nature 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

Lebanon was never on my travel bucket list until my friend asked me to accompany her on a trip last summer. Due to the extremely challenging socio-economic circumstances and the horrendous detonation in Beirut in 2020, tourism has basically collapsed completely. There are no guidebooks on Lebanon travel and very few personal blogs written within the last couple of years making it very to form expectations. But let me tell you: Lebanon took my breath away not just because of its sheer beauty but also for the way it widened my horizon. Don’t let the crisis stop you from experiencing this breathtaking country that will make you fall in love with its diversity and unmatched charm.

tanzania travel Zanzibar beaches

Experience Lebanon


Why visit Lebanon?

Cities to visit in Lebanon


Despite the tragic blast that shook the city in August 2020, Beirut remains a vibrant and culturally rich destination that’s unlike any other. With its diverse districts and contrasting history, you’ll experience a range of cultures and ways of life that will leave you in awe. From the hipster district of Gemmayzeh to the Armenian area of Bourj Hammoud, there’s no shortage of things to do in Beirut.

From the first moment, I stepped foot outside our Airbnb I was absolutely mesmerized by the city! Alternative-Beirut is basically the only tour company in Beirut, but they are doing an incredible job of explaining such a deeply complex and beautiful city!

I feel like I could have spend weeks just roaming the streets, marvelling at the architecture. Beirut has such much history and bears deep scars, but the locals are incredibly hospitable and willing to give you glimpses into the history of the complex country.


As the second biggest Lebanese city, it’s full of surprises. Starting with its beautiful old souq of spices, ancient medieval architecture, and a citadel that provides breathtaking views of the city. And let’s not forget about the sweets that the city is famous for! But what really sets this city apart is the hospitality of its people. The locals are so friendly and helpful that it’s impossible to feel lost or confused for long. Don’t be put off by reports of danger; the conflicts between Sunni and Alawi Muslims are only happening in two small districts far from the city center


Downtown Beirut
Sunsets in Lebanon

Mountains to discover in Lebanon

This tiny country may be small, but the mountain views are certainly not. Lebanese locals escape the heat of the city by heading up to the mountains, and as a traveler, you can do the same. Mountain houses provide a relaxing escape with friends, while hiking trails allow for a more active adventure. But my personal favorite way to have fun in the mountains is paragliding. When you’re ready for a break from the outdoors, head to Frozen Cherry nightclub in Beirut for stunning nighttime views. And if you’re looking to explore beyond the city, don’t miss out on charming towns like Chouwen or the breathtaking Aaqoura lakes. The Kadisha Valley is also a top destination, offering options for both relaxation and adventure.

The views from Lebanon’s mountains and espcieally the sunsets over Beirut are so beautiful that its hard to put in words. I found myself with tears in my eyes admiring the sheer beauty.

Exlpore the mountains from:

  • Beirut
  • Chouwen
  • Aqquora Lakes
  • Kadisha Valley

The best beaches in Lebanon

The beaches in Lebanon are very beautiful and always lots of fun. Most of the beaches are paid beaches or beach clubs offering lounge chairs, music, food, and bathrooms. Even though there are plenty of cool beaches to explore from Beirut (Lazy B is my favorite), the charming towns of Tyre, Byblos, and Batroun are definitely worth a longer stay!

My favorite beaches in Lebanon

  • Lazy B
  • Batroun
  • Tyre
  • Rabbit Island


Beaches near Beirut
Mount Klimanjaro

Lebanese culture

With a captivating culture and a rich history of political conflict, there’s so much to explore and learn. One of the most poignant places to visit is the Hariri Memorial, which is dedicated to former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. This site will give you a better understanding of Lebanon’s present-day political situation. To learn about the traditional Lebanese way of life, you should definitely visit the AUB Archaeological Museum and the magnificent Beiteddine Palace.

While these sites are amazing, what truly sets Lebanon apart is the people you meet there. From the locals who take pride in their heritage to the travelers who come from all walks of life, there’s something special about learning from the Lebanese.

My travels to Lebanon have certainly changed me profoundly, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it as a must-visit destination for anyone looking to broaden their horizons.

Food culture in Lebanon

The food culture in Lebanon is a blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and French cuisines that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Heavy in grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, Lebanese cuisine is a healthy and delicious option for foodies on the go. Olive oil and garlic are key ingredients in almost every dish, giving it a unique and flavorful twist. Don’t miss out on trying the primary animal-based proteins of lamb, chicken, and beef, each prepared to perfection through grilling, baking, and sautéing. And for those of you who love fresh spices and herbs, you’re in for a treat! Despite the French influences on its history, Lebanese food rarely involves the use of elaborate sauces, cream, or even butter. Be sure to try the popular meze style of dining where small plate dishes are served in a course, perfect for sharing with friends.

food culture in Lebanon

Practical travel tips for Lebanon


Which languages are spoken in Lebanon?

Arabic, English and French. It was super easy to get by in Beirut as many people speak English. In Tripoli or more rural areas you'll have to communicate by hand and gestures. But don't worry. Lebanease are very eager to help!

What is the best time to travel Lebanon?

The best time to visit Lebanon is in the spring and fall. In the spring, visitors can enjoy pleasant temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) during the day to 7°C (44.6°F) at night. The country's numerous beaches provide a perfect spot for sun-seekers looking to relax on powdery white sands and take a dip in the warm Mediterranean waters.

The autumn months are also great for sightseeing, as visitors can explore historic sites and enjoy colorful foliage in Lebanon's majestic mountains. The weather is mild, with temperatures usually ranging between 15°C (59°F) during the day to 5°C (41°F) at night. During this time of year, you can also enjoy activities such as skiing in the country's popular ski resorts.

Is Lebanon safe?

Despite the desperate situation, the country is in and the ongoing tension with Israel, Lebanon is a very safe country for travelers. The locals are super friendly and petty crime barely exits. We always felt very safe during day and nighttime.

The Israel/Palestine conflict can spill over at any time

What is the official currency?

Lebanease Punds (LBS)

How can I get money in Lebanon?

Inflation is skyrocketing in Lebanon and the Lebanese Pound has been devalued over 15 times within the past years. As the bank holds on to the older exchange rates and is often out of money anyhow, cash is the only way to go in Lebanon.

Due to the mistrust in banking and financial institutions, credit cards are not widely accepted.

On the off chance that you run out of money, you can always get someone to send you cash via Western Union or similar.

How do you exchange your money in Lebanon's "black market?"

Well, it's not actually a scary place - anywhere you can exchange money is considered part of the black market. There are even official money exchange offices located all over the country, particularly along Hamra Street in Beirut. Make sure to download Lira Exchange on your smartphone, an app that provides you with the current black market exchange rate.

Public Transport in Lebanon

Public transport is basically non existant. But in theory:

From Beirut, there are 2 main stations - Charles Helou and Cola Station - that serve as the hub for public transport. Whether you want to head north or south, there are public buses and mini-vans that can take you almost anywhere in Lebanon. Be aware that communication can be a struggle.

Taxi and Uber are great to get around, too as they are relatively cheap!

Driving is also a possibility, if you have good nerves and even better parking skills!


Internet and Sim Cards

Internet and Wifi are only so-so, especially since you most probably will have to use a VPN client. I usually get a local sim card (Alfa) as most international companies have no roaming options for Lebanin to international sanctions. Make sure to bring your passport when buying a sim card.

Wenn du dich in Costa Ricas unwegsamem Gelände - wie Gebirgszügen und dichten Wäldern - bewegst, kann es sein, dass du manchmal kein Netz hast. Glücklicherweise bieten touristische Ziele in der Regel eine solide Netzabdeckung, und auch die großen Autobahnen und beliebten Nebenstraßen haben ein gutes Signal.

Der größte Telefonanbieter ist Kolbi, aber auch Movistar und Claro sind auf dem Vormarsch und haben sich in den letzten Jahren sehr beliebt gemacht.

Can I drink tap water in Lebanon?

Tap water in Lebanon is not to be trusted. Make sure to bring a water filter or UV bottle instead!

Challenges for the conscious traveler

Trash: The infrastructure in Lebanon has suffered greatly during the ongoing crisis. Make sure to avoid trash as much as possible.

Traveling a country in crisis:

Despite the beauty to be admired in Lebanon. You have to remember that you are traveling to a country in heavy crisis. You will encounter refugees and kids begging. Make sure to always stay respectful and supportive.

me in Tripoli, Lebanon

Packing List Lebanon

Packing for a trip to Tanzania can be a daunting task, as the country is home to a wide range of landscapes and climates. In addition to your usual travel essentials, you’ll need to pack items for both safari and city life.

Check out our packing list to come prepared !

Going to Lebanon?

Things you need to know in 2024
More info