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Beirut is Vibrant and Stylish

Aug 18, 2007
Lebanons capital city is a vibrant, stylish metropolis, with all of the fun, fashion, and flair that a city lover could look for. All over the city, sleek, modern buildings are springing up, alongside arabesque Ottoman and French style buildings, giving Beirut a unique style that is all its own. Perched on the shore of the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Beirut has a balmy, mild climate that is perfect for year round visits. From sipping coffee at an open air cafe, to shopping for cutting edge fashions at a boutique shop, to exploring the treasures of the countries National Museum, to dancing the night away at a trendy club, Beirut has something to offer for everyone.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Beirut Central District and marvel at the ornate, beautifully restored buildings with their arabesque yellow and pastel stonework, graceful arches, and wrought iron scrollwork. Along the way, discover the ancient ruins of Roman baths, markets, and buildings that have recently been uncovered and left exposed. Afterwards, enjoy strong Lebanese style coffee and a tasty sweet at one of Beirutas many Parisian style sidewalk cafes.

Get some exercise by walking, jogging, roller blading, or biking along the long, wide Cornice, which runs along the Mediterranean shore. At the south western end stop for a look at Beiruts impressive Pigeon Rocks, which rise majestically from the waters just off the coastline.

If the gym is more your style, visit one of Beiruts world class, trendy health clubs for a workout, followed by a spa treatment or a massage.

Spend an afternoon discovering the antiquities of Beiruts National Museum, which houses treasures that trace the history of the region from prehistoric Egyptian artefacts, to Phoenician statues and glassware, to Roman and Byzantine jewellery.

Afterwards, visit the art exhibits at the Sursock Museum, housed in a beautiful 19th century Italianate mansion.

Shop till you drop at one of Beiruts unique artisan at shops, selling high quality Lebanese handicrafts, or look for trendy, contemporary fashions along Rue Hamra or at one of the city's chic shopping malls.

Dine at one of Beiruts world class restaurants, and then party the night away at one of Beiruts hip nightclubs, or test your luck at the Casino.

Explore the cities religious heritage by visiting its well preserved mosques and churches built from the 12th to 19th centuries.

From the snow covered mountains to the warm Mediterranean coast, Lebanon's winter is a season of contrasts.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Beirut Rental Site
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