One of the most ancient cities in the world, Beirut is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lebanon. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, the city features exquisite beaches, a superb nightlife and a diverse and interesting atmosphere stemming from its cosmopolitan history. Historically a key cultural hub in the region, the area is still an important center for the arts, with many galleries, palaces and performers based in the city, as well as many exceptional restaurants and clubs, making a trip to Beirut an opportunity not to be missed.
Weary travelers arriving from flights to Beirut can be sure of a good welcome. Attracting tourists from across the globe, the city is famed for its hospitality with acres of beautiful natural parks, a picturesque, cob stoned old town and a beautiful coastline. The art-house quarter of Gemmayzeh is one of the most famed in the region and attracts poets, writers and performance artists from across the Mediterranean, while Badaro and Hamra Street are famous for their fun-loving atmosphere, excellent food and bustling streets and cafes. Combined with a fabulous climate and a vast array of cultural heritage sights, a trip to Beirut offers something for everyone.
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Beirut is served by Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. The airport is one of the busiest in the region, handling over 7 million passengers annually.
The airport is located 5 miles south of the city centre.
The airport is currently only accessible by road. There are no bus routes available, but many local taxi hire companies have taken advantage of this and thus there are usually many different companies able to take you to the airport terminal from the city center. There are also local car rental companies available and ample car parking space at the airport.