Entertainment in Lebanon
There is always something entertaining to do in Lebanon. Traditional dances such as Dabbke are popular in villages and they perpetuate costumes of the distant past. Both in nightclubs and at private parties and celebrations, oriental or "Belly Dancing" is always a great attraction. Known for its nightlife, Lebanon capital is still the place to go for excellent nightclubs, discotheques and cabarets.
Lebanese folklore musical shows are on always and offer the tourist a taste of the local rhythms and traditional dances in a very colorful presentation. Art galleries are scattered throughout the city and the suburbs, and know no language limitations; most emphasize contemporary Lebanese painting and sculpture.
There are many traditional Coffee Shops featuring the Nargileh (hubbly-bubbly water pipe) and backgammon matches. All kinds of settings can be found in Beirut, from English pubs to French side-walk cafes, most in a beautiful surrounding.
Beirut's chromatic nightlife has earned the city its reputation as the Paris of the Orient, with liberated floorshows ranging from juggling acts and sleight-of-hand to dancing bears.
Beirut's younger set packs the dimly lit, high-decibel underground discos, while the other half dance to Latin Rhythms, combos from Trinidad and the laments of Parisian chanteuses.
24 km north of Beirut, you can enjoy top international shows and luxurious gaming facilities at the Casino du Liban in Maameltein area with its several gambling rooms, five restaurants, and its theater which regularly feature European symphony orchestras, concerts, artists and dramatic groups.
|Food & Beverage|
The enduring tradition of the Lebanese Mezze sets the scene for one of the greatest pleasure the country has to offer: a hundred dishes and a hundred flavors all at one setting. The Lebanese, those clever cooks and traders, have spread their cuisine to all parts of the world. Thanks to them, great restaurants in London, New York and Sydney serve TABBOULEH (crushed wheat & parsley salad), HOUMMOS (pureed chickpeas), and BABAGANNOUJ (eggplant dip).
An average long lunch in Lebanon may mean 50 or 60 dishes covering every inch of the table. While almost any food item can appear on the Mezze table, a spread that doesn't include Tabbouleh, Hoummos and Babagannouj is almost unheard off.
When eating traditional Lebanese food, particularly the Mezze, the most sophisticated citizen has to go back to old village ways; no forks are needed here. A good supply of Arabic bread is an essential tool.
Finally a platter of lettuce hearts, green onions, cucumbers, mint, tomatoes and radishes should tower at the center of the table.
Traditionally, the Lebanese food is served with Arak; a licorice flavored alcohol. Then the restaurant menu moves to true dishes such as Shish Kabab, Kofta, Chicken or Fish; you can choose other dishes but these are the favorite after Mezze.
For your desert, you can choose among a wide variety of Lebanese sweets such as Kishta, Helou Arabi and much much more.
The Holy month of Ramadan is respected by abstention from food or drink during daylight.
Few visitors to Lebanon can resist its handicrafts, either in the old style or tasteful modern adaptations of traditional designs. There is Pottery fashioned in the peasant manner, Glassware and Cutlery. Brass and Copper goods of all kinds have attractive handwork designs. Exotic Caftans and Abayas (a crossing between nightgown and housecoat) are always appreciated as gifts. Gold and Silver prices are really good as skillful local jewelers charge moderate prices for their work. As for clothing, everything is available from the top Paris designers to Jeans and Leisure wear.
Lebanon's shopping arcades and busy main streets are crammed with shops selling every necessity and luxury, both local and imported.
The National Museum: in Beirut containing the most extensive collections of archaeological artifacts in Lebanon.
Sursock Museum: one of Beirut's most important cultural centers grouping 30 small palaces reflecting the fine and luxuries Italian style, surrounded by splendid gardens which are one of the museum's main attractions.
Palace of Beit Eddin: see Lebanon Map & Sites > Beit Eddin.
The Wax Museum in Byblos, founded 1970. Contains more than 24 scenes and 120 natural-scale statutes showing Phoenicians way of life, their culture, civilization, and tradition, and describing in details Lebanese history, and gives a very clear idea about their habits and traditions.
The Gibran Museum: located in the mountain monastery at Bsharreh, displays a large collection of manuscripts and paintings by the great Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran.
Lebanon's long varied coastline and Mediterranean climate make it an idle place for water sports, that's why every sport can be enjoyed in Lebanon.
Numerous resort complexes, beaches and swimming clubs have aquatic amusements and sports in offer, including Water Skiing, Snow Skiing, Surfing, Sailing and Yachting, Kayaking, Underwater Fishing, Snorkeling and Tennis. Clubs are open to tourists for Golf, Tennis, Karate and Riding. The Golf Club of Lebanon offers guest memberships to visitors who would like to use it facilities Beirut Race Course, set in its pine woods, is a favorite with race goers.
Swimming, in sea or pools, can be done in the city or at any of the numerous clubs in the country. In Lebanon you can swim in the sea in winter as well as in spring and an hour later ski at 1900 meters. It almost never rains between June and September, so in summer and autumn it is easy to go from sea to mountain, where another world awaits.
Scuba Diving off Beitut's coast, as well those of Sidon, Tyre, and Byblos presents an opportunity to discover coins, amphorae and other Phoenician artifacts churned up after stormy seas.
Going to Health Clubs has become a way of life for many Lebanese. Most clubs entitle the visitors with a temporary membership to practice activities like: Martial Arts, Racquet Sports - All Forms, Horse Riding, Skeet Shooting, Bowling, Bunjee Diving, All Fitness Programs, etc...
For the spectators, a race track offers spectacular races on Saturdays and Sundays. Those who want to Fly may do so at the airport. The Aero Club offers single-engine aircraft for qualified pilots.
Lebanon is one of the few winter sports centers in the Middle East and certainly the most extensive. This land which enjoys 300 shining days every year, offers, at a short distance from coast, some of the best snow covered playgrounds for smooth or rough playing slopes. The season begins in late November and continues until late April and sometimes longer in Cedars area in a winter landscape unique in the world.
There are six winter resorts in Lebanon: The Cedars (2300 meters), Faraya/Oyoun Essiman (1890 meters), Laqlouq (1740 meters), Faqra (1750 meters), Qana Bakiche (1990 meters) and Zaarour (1990 meters).
These ski resorts matches their European counterparts with modern comfort and well developed resorts infrastructure as most of it has beautiful hotels, chalets & all required facilities, including wonderful ski lifts.