Lebanon is the region’s most multi-cultural country – not only because of immigrants, but also because of its religious diversity: both Muslims and Christians live here (60:40 ratio). Although this diversity led to a civil war in the 1970s, it also influences Lebanon’s colorfulness and definitely distinguishes it from other countries in the region. Of course, Lebanon also has the best Middle Eastern cuisine based on fresh vegetables, meat and seafood.
How to get there?
It is not possible to cross the border with Israel, with which Lebanon is formally at war. Border crossings with Syria, although open, are not recommended because of the unstable political situation in Syria. The only means of transport by plane remains.
You can get a free visa for a stay of up to 30 days in Lebanon at Beirut Airport. If you apply for a visa before departure, you must pay $ 35 to the Lebanese embassy in your country.
Theoretically, threats can be traced in religious positions and divisions, but Lebanon remains a safe country compared to its neighbors.
Roads to less secure districts in Beirut (Shiite in the south of the city) or entry to the east of the country are guarded by the army (checkpoints) – we always travel with a passport. A journey through areas bordering Syria and Israel is not recommended (where you must have a special pass). Typically Arabic Tripoli is not recommended for beginners. Due to military facilities located at every turn, it is better to be careful when taking photos, because it may end up with at least a small row.
The currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese pound (also called the lira), which exchange rate is rigidly connected with the US dollar exchange rate (1 dollar = 1500 pounds, but in exchange offices for 1 $ we will get more, as much as 2000 pounds).
We travel around the country by minibuses (service), which do not have a specific timetable (they move after filling with passengers) – interestingly, here I shuffle passengers so that men do not sit next to strangers.