Lebanon one of the most ancient and fascinating countries in the Middle East, home to Mount Lebanon and several of the oldest cities in the world.
Tiny Lebanon is roughly half the size of Wales and sits on the Mediterranean bordered by Syria and Israel. It’s one of the most ancient and fascinating countries in the Middle East, home to Mount Lebanon and several of the oldest cities in the world. Most visitors take advantage of the compact size to choose a coastal base and explore from there. On a family holiday, it’s always best to avoid northern and eastern borders with Syria and check UK government travel advice before booking.
Direct flights from the UK to Beirut, year round, take just over five hours.
Lebanon has warm, sunny weather from April to October with temperatures of 25 to 30˚ in June, July and August.
The fabled Mount Lebanon range stretches across the entire country from north to south, runs parallel to the Mediterranean in the west and Syria in the east.
Lebanon has five UNESCO World Heritage sites including the great Phoenician cities of Byblos and Tyre on the west coast and Wadi Qadisha (Holy Valley) in northern Mount Lebanon.
UNESCO World Heritage Cedars of God forest in northern Mount Lebanon is now so heavily protected it can only be visited by appointment.
Shouf Biosphere Reserve is Lebanon’s largest, has over 250km of walking and hiking trails and encompasses the Ammiq Wetland.
Lebanon’s western coastline is on the Mediterranean, and the country shares borders with Israel to the south, and Syria to the north and east.
Taxis are the best way to travel round Beirut and most other Lebanese cities. They’re inexpensive but don’t have metres, so agree a fare before getting in. Driving in the capital is nerve wracking and best left to locals. Exploring the rest of the country, along the coast and on the western side of Mount Lebanon, can be done quite easily by road. But, before you hire a car or make plans, check UK Government travel advice on getting around Lebanon safely with kids.