April to June is the best time to take a flight to Beirut, when the temperatures sit around 18-24°C. If you do happen to travel to Beirut during June, be sure not to miss ‘The Beirut Spring Festival’. This event showcases international performances, from theatre, music, dance and other areas, all focusing around themes of tolerance, cultural diversity, in particular in societies which face violence and injustice. The festival has free admission to all and takes place in various venues across the city.
Throughout the months of July, August and September, the climate can be uncomfortably hot, so it is advised not to visit the city. However, travellers are more likely to find cheap flights to Beirut and lower hotel rates during this time. August can also be quite muggy which some visitors may not enjoy, whilst January and February are the coldest months, where temperatures fall to around 11°C. During the cooler months there is still plenty to do, for instance, the Al Bustan Festival, from February through to March. This annual celebration of classical music and dance is a must-see for classical music lovers. This is the best time to book a flight to Beirut and join curious locals and international visitors who flock to the area to see some celebrated performers and musicians from across the globe.
Despite its troubled, violent past, the Lebanese capital of Beirut is an eclectic, mesmerising cultural haven. Book a flight to Beirut, and you’ll be swept away by the interwoven tapestry of Middle Eastern and European culture filled with nightlife, cafes, beaches, and delicious cuisine that earned the city the reputation of “The Paris of the Middle East.”
Pigeon Rocks is a majestic natural arch that rises out of the Mediterranean and makes an excellent place to watch the sun set from the comfort of a roadside café.
Each Sunday, the Beirut Hippodrome (officially the Hippodrome Du Parc De Beyrouth) brings together an eclectic crowd of locals to bet on thoroughbreds. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this charmingly old school scene (and bring a passport or ID as you’ll need it to get in).
Beirut has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate and rarely gets really cold. However, the winter months, December through March, can be quite rainy.
Don’t try to navigate the crazy traffic in a rental car, instead opt for taxis or ‘service’ taxis, which are shared taxis; they aren’t quite as convenient as getting your own but they’re a bit cheaper. Be aware that Lebanese taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging by two to three times the real value of a ride.
There is no public transportation from Beirut–Rafic Hariri international airport (BEY) to the city, so once your flight lands take either an airport-certified taxi or a regular taxi. Bargain for the price.