Things to see and do in Beirut

beirut Pop music fans may associate Beirut as the birthplace of famous pop musician Mika. Others who know about Beirut may remember its abundant natural beauty, historical importance, intellectual and business centers as well as the beaches and night clubs.

A visit to Beirut won’t be an idle trip. A plethora of places and activities will keep you busy all through the day and night as well. Following are a few of the many amazing sights and sounds of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

Downtown Beirut
Perhaps it would be best to start a tour of Beirut in the heart of the city itself. Downtown Beirut is a lively place with a variety of treats in store for the hungry traveler. For the history lover, downtown Beirut boasts of many sites of historical significance. The devout can spend prayer time in any of the several churches and mosques in the area.

Stroll into the cafes, restaurants, or pubs when you feel like relaxing along with some good food and drink. Shop or browse to your heart’s content in the fashion stores that sell international designer brands.

Sursock Street
The Sursocks were an eminent family of aristocrats in Beirut. Their home – Sursock House – is a famous place to visit in Beirut. It is beautiful, palatial house with greenery all around.

Facing this house is a modern art museum – Nicholas Sursock museum. It was the villa of Nicholas Sursock and can be admired as a great work of architecture. Exhibitions are held in this museum which contains work of various artists – Lebanese and international.

American University of Beirut
A trip to west Beirut ought to include a visit to the American University of Beirut on Bliss Street. Founded by a missionary, this beautiful campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea has a medical center and is well-known for its student activism.

Beirut is known to have heavy rainfall during winters so avoid visiting the city during this season. But do include this wonderful city in your travel plans for an enriching experience.