The Lebanese capital of Beirut is a stunning city, so we’ve gathered 25 photos that prove just that. Ready to suffer a severe case of wanderlust?
Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, with the first historical mention dating back to the 15th century BC, proving that wine is not the only thing that gets better with age. After you’ve fallen in love with the city through these photos, hop on a plane and make your way to Beirut! The Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel is happy to welcome you and give you the best tips on where to go and what to see.
1. Just look at this city of lights
With it's estimated 1,8 million inhabitants, Beirut is a place where all kinds of people come together. And that results in a city full of light!
2. Who says apartment buildings are boring?
Apartment complexes might seem dull to the untrained eye but once you take a closer look you can easily be amazed. After all, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder!
3. Beautiful sights like Pigeon Rock are right outside
Now this is a Beirut icon like no other. Pigeon Rock, known as the Rock of Raouché, is not only a beautiful sight but also where some of the oldest evidence of human existence has been found.
4. It's even pretty from above!
The bustling streets of the Lebanese capital are fun to experience from the ground but look pretty cool from up high! Grab your drone and go for a spin if you can.
5. The architecture of Beirut's mosques is stunning
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque is easy to spot with it's turquoise roof and four minarets surrounding it. Known as the Grand Mosque it is worth a visit!
6. Is this interior from the future or a souk? A souk!
You might think this is from some Bond-villains secret lair but it is actually inside one of Beirut's many souks. The souks are great spots for shopping and you can find a wide variety of shops inside.
7. Look at these waves crashing into shore
Beirut is Lebanon's main port and the way the Mediterranean Sea rolls onto land is quite stunning. Stroll along the Avenue de Paris and listen to the sound of the ocean. It doesn't get much better than that!
8. Step into another world at the St. George Maronite Cathedral
Beirut is home to people of a variety of beliefs and this makes for an interesting cityscape. Step inside this Neo-Classical cathedral and see the beauty of it all. It offers quite a relaxing atmosphere.
9. How cool is the ABC Mall Achrafieh from above?
Lebanese people, like everyone else, enjoy shopping and there's a wide range of opportunities to do just that throughout town. The ABC Mall Achrafieh is not only home to plenty of shops but also looks pretty bad-ass from above.
10. Imagine wandering through streets like these
If the streets remind you of a French village in spring that's no coincidence. Lebanon was under French rule for many years and that is still visible today. Beirut is known as the "Paris of the Middle East" and is quite a beauty!
11. And then waterskiing your worries away later
As a port city the ocean plays an important role in many aspects of everyday life. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure you should make the most out of the stay by enjoying life on the water.
12. Walk around the city and see where old meets new
After years of war and unrest, the city of Beirut is focused on retaining its former glory. In between the old world and the new exciting views await you.
13. And then end up with a Beirut state of mind!
For a spectacular view of all that Beirut has to offer you should head over to the Sky Gate Lebanon. It just can't be missed!
14. Our Lady Lebanon is one classy gal
This statue is not only a popular attraction but is also a Marian Shrine and pilgrimage site honoring the patron saint of Lebanon. It's 8,5 meters high and has a diameter of five meters overlooking the Bay of Jounieh.
15. And you can visit her by going up this cable car
If you want a view of Our Lady of Lebanon and the Mediterranean you can easily get there by using the Teleferique of Lebanon. A one-way trip on this 1,570 meter long cable takes a mere 9 minutes and rewards you with a great view.
16. When you're flying in you better have a window seat!
Because the landscape is something you really don't want to miss out on. A photo like this, overlooking the city and Pigeon Rock, would be a great way of convincing your friends to come to Beirut!
17. Did we mention that Beirut has a coastline that looks like this?
Crystal-clear waters, warm temperatures and a sun that warms your soul. What better way to spend a day?
18. And that there's nothing like a Beirut barbecue?
The Lebanese love food and they know how to cook. When in town you don't want to miss out on a real barbecue or one of these 9 Lebanese dishes you need to try.
19. Wanna spend your days like this? Yeah you do!
Grab a stand-up paddle board and explore the waters outside the city. When you get tired you can lay down, work on your tan and just love life. Sounds pretty good, huh?
20. Even the windows are pretty!
Walking through the streets of Beirut is like walking through a living, breathing work of art. True beauty is found in the details so don't stare into your cell phone as you wander around. There's beauty around every corner, or in this case, around every window.
21. Mosques + lights = yes!
The Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque, is beautiful even at night. It looks like a work of art when illuminated after the sun sets.
22. And the people of Beirut, all of Lebanon in fact, are just works of art!
Even though Lebanon has a troubled past, it's people are working hard to move past it. They all share a great love for their country, which is clearly visible when visiting, and they are always ready to greet you with a smile!
23. Even the stairs are happy!
Need a pick-me-up or some moral support when ascending stairs? Then you're in luck! In Beirut even the streets cheer you on and remind you to stay positive.
24. Did we mention that spots like this are right outside?
Lush forests and amazing waterfalls? Sign us up! Baakline El Chouf is a nature reserve and paradise waiting for your visit, just a short ride outside of town.
25. Bye bye, Beirut. See you soon!
We're always sad to leave but excited to come back and certain you'll feel the same way. After all, who wouldn't want to Live Love Beirut?
So have you got butterflies yet? If you're not lovestruck just yet we welcome you to come visit the city and see for yourself what we mean. We're certain you'll want to return soon. See you there!