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Beirut – Discover 5,000 years of history

Flights to Beirut take you to an invigorating city with a great climate, stylish people, an impressive restaurant scene and over 5,000 years of history.

Perfectly located on a peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese capital enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.

rooftops of st george orthodox cathedral and mohammad al amin mosque in beirut lebanon

Explore the sprawling Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque, a modern architectural marvel. Follow this with a visit to the archaeological National Museum of Beirut for a deeper understanding of the city’s fascinating story.

Relax after soaking in all that culture by taking your pick from Mediterranean beaches, trendy shopping areas and world-class dining. Book flight tickets to Beirut with Etihad Airways today.

What’s the weather like in Beirut?

What’s the weather like in Beirut?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

14°C

19cm

FEB

14°C

14cm

MAR

16°C

10cm

APR

18°C

5cm

MAY

21°C

2cm

JUN

24°C

0cm

JUL

26°C

0cm

AUG

27°C

0cm

SEP

26°C

0cm

OCT

24°C

5cm

NOV

20°C

11cm

DEC

16°C

17cm

The Lebanese capital enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate throughout the year. Winters are relatively mild and often sunny.

Summers can get hot, and you’ll find the highest number of tourists in the city at this time. January and February are typically the wettest and coolest months, with temperatures of around 14°C.

Reasons to visit Beirut

hummus olives bread falafel and assorted lebanese food

Sample local favourites

Beirut is an ideal destination for food lovers. There are eateries for all occasions, from street food stalls and hole-in-the-wall takeaways through to fine dining establishments.

Don’t miss traditional specialities such as kibbeh – often served in a lemon sauce in Beirut – tabbouleh, falafel, hummus and fatteh. Man’oushe, flat round bread with a cheese or za’atar topping, is another staple. Head for Zaitunay Bay for upscale dining, or to Hamra for amazing street food.

colourful baskets at outdoor markets in lebanon

Shopping and more

Right at the heart of the city sits Beirut Souks. A modern take on the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace, Beirut’s shopping sprawl is a popular attraction.

In place of the old-fashioned one-off shops, this souk is closer to a modern mall and home to designer brands as well as local stores. Afterwards, rest up and enjoy the many dining and entertainment options available, including a state-of-the-art cinema.

decorated dome and chandelier inside mohammad al amin mosque in beirut lebanon

Culture and heritage

Its 5,000-year history bestows Beirut with a timeworn wisdom and ancient charm. You’ll find museums, markets and religious sites scattered throughout the city. For a sense of contemporary culture, it’s best to explore on foot and soak up the atmosphere with the locals.

Stroll along Rue Hamra, where you’ll eventually reach the Blue Mosque and St. George Cathedral in lively Martyrs’ Square. Afterwards, stop for coffee and watch the world go by on Place de l’Etoile. When the seaside beckons, head to the breezy Corniche or classy Zaitunay Bay.

Things to know before you fly to Beirut

plane Airport transfers

Pre-book your Etihad airport transfer and we’ll be waiting for you as soon as you land in Beirut. Taxis are the only other option for getting to and from the airport.

accommodation Where to stay?

Downtown Beirut has a great choice of plush hotels in a central, convenient location. Hamra is a lively district with plenty of options at all price points.

charities Cultural considerations

When visiting places of worship, it’s recommended that you wear modest clothing that covers arms, legs and shoulders. Lebanon has a welcoming outlook and is accepting of diversity and multi-faith communities.

socket Plugs

There are five types of plug in use throughout Lebanon – type G is the most common. You may need to bring an adaptor, depending on where you’re travelling from.

Flying to Beirut: FAQs

How easy is it to get around Beirut?

Beirut has an extensive public bus network. Buses can be flagged down in the street as well as at designated stops. Likewise, you can often tell the driver where you’d like to get off along the route. Alternatively, there are several taxi and private hire car operators in the city.

How many days should I spend in Beirut?

Lebanon is a small country and Beirut makes a great base for exploring beyond the capital. If you’re planning a sightseeing trip to Beirut with enough time to appreciate the history, the food and the beach scene, around five days would be perfect. However, you may like to explore the wider country over the course of two weeks.

What are the best places to visit in Beirut?

The National Museum of Beirut is the standout cultural attraction, showcasing artefacts dating back several millennia. Its exhibits include an impressive Bronze Age collection and stunning Byzantine mosaics. The nearby MIM Mineral Museum houses a beautiful display of minerals and fossils and is also worth a visit.

What is the currency in Beirut?

The Lebanese pound (LBP) is the official currency, but most ATMs dispense US dollars as well. These two currencies are used interchangeably almost everywhere.

Why we love Beirut

“Beirut has a wonderful sense of history, from the ancient architecture tucked away on street corners to the impressive collection at the National Museum. It really is a marvel for history lovers everywhere.”

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Weather in Beirut

27 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
26 °C
Friday2 Oct 2020
26 °C
Saturday3 Oct 2020
26 °C
Sunday4 Oct 2020
26 °C
Monday5 Oct 2020
27 °C
Tuesday6 Oct 2020
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