Celebrating the recent launch of Green Motion in Lebanon, take a look at our travel guide to the gateway to the Middle East.
Lebanon Travel Guide
This Mediterranean country is, for many, the gateway to the Middle East. It’s a crossroads of culture and religion, a fascinating place where East meets West. While many make a dash for the surprisingly hedonistic capital Beirut, beyond the bustling metropolis and burgeoning party scenes lies a country steeped in history. Nab a Beirut car rental when you land and get off the well beaten tourist trail where you’ll be rewarded with long swathes of gorgeous coastline, magnificent mountain trails, a long list of ancient ruins and friendly locals. Over the last few years, the government guidelines for travel to the country have significantly widened opening much of Lebanon for exploration. Good news, particularly if you’ve scored a Lebanon car rental which offers the freedom to discover this truly beautiful country.
Dining in Lebanon
Like much of the Middle East, the cuisine is Lebanon is extraordinarily diverse. There are more than just shawarmas and koftas. Trust us when we say that it’s nothing like your local Lebanese restaurant. With its abundantly good climate, it’s no surprise that the country produces some fine produce which gets used for minty, tomato tabbouleh and fattoush salads. It’s simply criminal to visit Lebanon and not try the crispy falafels best dipped in oily hummus. Some of the best is found in the rural regions. Hop in your Lebanon car rental and head off to try kibbe nayeh, manakeesh and sfeeha. Then there’s kunafeh, an indulgent pasty made from cheese, syrup and nuts.
Attractions in Lebanon
It would simply be impossible to list every attraction you could potentially reach using your car rental in Lebanon. However, there are some standout highlights. Culture vultures and history buffs will be bowled over by the Temple of Bacchus and the Roman complex of Baalbek. Plus, there’s the exquisite National Museum of Beirut, a treasure trove of ancient artefacts. Shoppers could give their credit cards a bruising along Saida Souq, while outdoorsy types should make a beeline for the Jeita Grotto cave system, one of the region’s most celebrated natural wonders. Alternatively, you could use your Lebanon car rental to drive to Shouf Biosphere Reserve to walk along some of the 250 kilometres of hiking trails.
Lebanon driving routes
While the country is packed with scenic driving routes, one of the best places to use your Lebanon car rental is north. Kick off from Beirut early in the morning and make your first stop in Jbeil, an ancient city that’s been inhabited for thousands of years. Stop at Batroun Port for views and then make a pitstop the 17th-century Mseilha Fort. Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli, teems with history and culture and is well worth discovering over a day or two. Finish with the long stretch to Akkar passing mountain scenery and lush countryside before returning to Beirut.
Lebanon car rental
If you truly want to explore Lebanon and not spend your entire vacation in the capital, the only sensible method to get around is using your own Lebanon car rental. If you’re sold on a road trip, the best place to pick up your car is at Beirut International Airport. There are a few things worth remembering before you do. You’ll need a full, clean driving license. Be extra vigilant on the roads, particularly in rural areas where local drivers tend to speed and swerve. Try to avoid driving at night and during the rush hours in the morning and evening.