Lebanon (Paperback)

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This new, thoroughly updated third edition of Bradt's Lebanon remains the only English-language guide dedicated to the smallest country on the Asian continent. Comprehensively updated throughout to reflect recent economic, political and social changes, it includes revised and new listings for hotels, restaurants, and what to see and do, catering for all types of travellers and budgets. Although only a third the size of Maryland, Lebanon offers extraordinary diversity. Some of the world's oldest human settlements, including the Phoenician ports of Tyre and Byblos - two of Lebanon's five World Heritage sites - sit alongside modern Beirut. The absorbing capital is popular for its world-renowned cuisine, eclectic nightlife, mosaic of peoples and kaleidoscope of religions. In Lebanon's second city, Tripoli, busy medieval souks are watched over by a vast Crusader castle. Nearby, snow-capped mountains and the lush Qadisha Valley with its snaking river and waterfalls provide entertainment for skiers and hikers (the latter also well served by the Lebanon Mountain Trail, which runs virtually the length of the country). Three hundred days of sunshine per year makes Lebanon a 'go anytime' destination, with the Mediterranean coastline particularly drawing sun-seekers and watersports enthusiasts. Wildlife-lovers can enjoy Shouf Biosphere Reserve (with its famed cedar trees, the national emblem) and the Aammiq Wetlands, while Lebanon has become a major destination for religious tourism, and vinophiles can visit numerous Bekaa Valley wineries of international repute. Bradt's Lebanon offers detailed coverage of areas ignored by other guides, particularly the country's south, as well as more extensive cultural and practical information. New for this edition are specialist features on aspects of Lebanese cultural life, additional background information, updates on work to rebuild Beirut following the 2020 explosion, extended and revised coverage of the Aammiq Wetlands, new and updated maps, and new visitor attractions including the MIM mineral museum and the Middle East's first chocolate museum, both in Beirut.With a comprehensive language appendix covering both Arabic and French, detailed historical and religious background that helps visitors travel with awareness and sensitivity, and in-depth travel information, Bradt's Lebanon is an indispensable practical companion to visiting this excitingly varied country.

About the Author

Paul Doyle (www.pauljdoyle.com) is a freelance photographer and travel writer, born and raised in Hampshire, England. His youthful forays around the county were instrumental in nurturing his enduring interest in travel. Following a few years working in the aviation industry his earlier social science education, combined with his interest in photography, were key factors which led him to make his first visit to Lebanon to undertake a photographic project on the reconstruction of Beirut following the end of the 1975-90 civil war for his final year photography degree project. He was totally absorbed by the country's intoxicating mix of people and the diversity of its geography and heritage and his interest in the region burgeoned and visits to Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Syria followed. But you rarely forget your first love and he has been a regular visitor to Lebanon since that initial venture in the mid-1990s with his photographs and articles from Lebanon, the region and beyond appearing in numerous national and international publications.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781784776985
ISBN-10: 178477698X
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Publication Date: July 1st, 2023
Pages: 372
Language: English