Beirut offers its visitors a marvelous medley of the finest things they can possibly imagine. Located on the coast in Lebanon, it takes pride on the title attributed to it, ‘the Paris of the Middle East’. It exudes with merriment and joy, and demands your attention. Therefore, it goes without saying that soon you will find yourself succumbing to its scenic splendor .So whether you fancy a visit to the enchanted caves or an experience of gourmets delight in the elite cuisines, or if you are in a mood to gawk at the spectacular breathtaking beauty of the intricate architectural hot-spots, or you decide to explore the unspoiled touch of nature in the wilderness, Beirut is the place which you are looking for. Well this was just a simple way of saying that you will never run out of things. So, let’s get started with looking up at some of the best touristic spots in Beirut, which you can add in your ‘to do list’ when you visit it.
◊ National museum of Beirut: An intellects visual treat
If you are a person, who gets stirred with all the mind boggling facts related to archaeology and history then you are in for a treat over here. It hosts a stunning exhibition of around thirteen hundred artifacts and antiques ranging from prehistoric times to the medieval mamluk period. It tempts you to linger with its displayed collection of artifacts which are put up in the chronological order.
The museum gained grounds after its renovation especially with its collection of Phoenician objects. To mention a few antique artifacts among the impressive array of highlights are the famous ,much photographed Phoenician God figurines adorned beautifully with jewelries, a marble sarcophagus of Achilles, coins and jewelry collection of byzantine period , glazed terracotta bowls.
◊ Jeita Grotto: For those who admire scenic splendor
Jeita Grotto is a sprawling system of caverns located in the north of Beirut, which will leave you amazed and perplexed by depicting the true charm of the nature. The dazzling turquoise-green waters of the Jeita Grotto makes you wonder about its grandeur and beauty. It was also nominated for the ‘seven wonders of the world’. It offers you an exciting and mysterious experience with its icicles shaped stalactites and features the world’s largest stalactite hanging down 27 ft from the ceiling of the white chamber of upper Grotto. You can explore the caves on the boat as well as on the foot, either way it’s awe-inspiring.
◊ Restaurants and Cafes: For a food filled holiday topped with a dollop of subtle spices
If you are a foodie who craves for tasting the finest dishes, then make sure you hit these festive spots. Beirut boasts about housing some of the world’s top cuisines ranging from the French styled Le Vendome, to Indigo ‘a signature restaurant of Le gray’, to the London’s Gaucho, to the trendy Iris mounted on a rooftop of an Nahar building which will lure you. So whether you seek a mouth watering grilled sea food, or a classy cocktail, or traditional Lebanese appetizers, you have the assurance that you will find heart-fulfilling food on the Beirut streets, which are also lined up with the most exclusive clubs in the world.