Lebanon’s official name is the Lebanese Republic. It is located in Asia. The countries that surround it are Syria and Israel. The capital of the country is Beirut. Its Arabian descent provides it with a rich cultural history. The area of the country is 10,500 km2. It has a population of more than four million people. The currency of the state is the Lebanese Pound. The national emblem is Cedar.

Arabic is the official language of the state. French is also an understandable language. The major religion in the country is Islam, followed by Christianity. 

The official currency is Lebanese Pound. The approximate exchange rate is L£1509.6 for US$1. The currency exchange is available in banks, exchange shops, and some hotels. All major credit cards are acceptable and ATMs are available widely in larger cities.

Taxis are not hard to find and have official rates in towns and cities. Self-drive cars are available, but chauffeur-driven vehicles are more advisable. Cars drive on the right here. However, roads can be unpredictable. 

In Lebanon, they use electric sockets of type C. F-type plugs are also applicable. The standard voltage is 230V. 

The climate of the country is Mediterranean, as it lies in the Mediterranean Basin. Winters are freezing, while summers are hot and humid. Forests cover approx 13 % of the land in the country.

The tourist industry has always been an important area of country’s economy. To this day tourism remains a major source of revenue for Lebanon too. Until the Civil War, Beirut had even the names of “The Paris of the Middle East” and “The Pearl of the Middle East”. The country’s diverse atmosphere and numerous ancient historical landmarks make it a popular tourist destination.

Stone Age settlements, Roman temples, rock-cut hermitages, Crusader Castles, Mamluk mosques, Ottoman hammams – all these historical and archeological sites are displayed across the country. The limestone caves, marvelous beaches of the Mediterranean, famous Lebanese cuisine, vivid nightlife and ski resorts also attract large amounts of travelers annually.

The country boasts numerous forts, museums, religious sites and World Heritage Sites. The most popular tourist places in Lebanon are Beirut, the capital city and the entertainment center of the country, Sidon, a 6000-year-old city in the south, and also Beiteddine, a small town, which hosts the Beiteddine Festival. Faraya Mzaar Kfardebian is a popular ski resort, and Tripoli is the second-largest city of Lebanon and the home of a 5000-year-old Tripoli Castle too.

August 19, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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