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The Lebanese capital is quickly re-emerging as the vibrant city it once was. International flights land at Beirut International Airport with airport accommodation available within a few kilometers of the terminal for those wanting to minimize their transit time. Visitors staying in Beirut city center have countless bars and restaurants at their disposal, while those opting for a hotel near Beirut harbor have easy access to beach clubs and classy waterfront dining.

Beirut is a coastal city and much of the coastline has been developed to attract tourism. Bars, restaurants and beach clubs are plentiful and popular both with locals and travelers. The climate is warm year 'round and the Mediterranean Sea offers superb diving and sailing. Many hotels in Beirut are situated along the waterfront – a considerable proportion of them luxury five-star brands.

For a bird's-eye view of the city, visitors can take a ride in the Beirut Balloon. This 30-passenger, helium-filled balloon ascends to 300 meters for fantastic panoramas. For those preferring to keep their feet on the ground, the city offers multiple attractions – from museums and galleries to ancient churches and mosques. Twenty kilometers to the south of the city is the Jeita Grotto. This amazing karst limestone caves are some of the most famous in the world, and are home to the world's largest stalactite.

Beirut today is a modern, multicultural city, offering a wide choice of activities, superb dining, and a lively entertainment district. Beirut hotels are spread throughout the city with something to suit every budget. The city is quickly regaining its deserved reputation as the 'Paris of the East'.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Beirut, click on the interactive Beirut map on the left-hand side of the page.