Lebanon

by Paul Doyle

Lebanon

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This new edition of Bradt's Lebanon remains the most comprehensive and detailed English-language guide available. In addition to its more in-depth coverage of essential background information such as history, culture and religion the guide has expanded treatment for the business traveller and prospective property buyer. Subjects such as the environment and responsible travel are given increased emphasis, and there is plenty of additional information for those interested in volunteering opportunities. The guide also caters for all types of travellers and budgets with extensive listings and reviews for accommodation and restaurants. There is also a new section on travelling with children. With a comprehensive language appendix covering both Arabic and French together with an expanded further reading section for this new edition, Bradt's Lebanon is an indispensable practical companion for use within the country and a useful work of reference for armchair travellers too.
Although only half the size of Wales, Lebanon offers extraordinary diversity. Here, some of the oldest human settlements in the world at the Phoenician ports of Tyre, Sidon and Byblos sit alongside modern Beirut, popular for its cuisine, eclectic nightlife and mosaic of peoples. In Lebanon's second city, Tripoli, busy medieval souks are watched over by a vast Crusader castle. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and the lush Qadisha Valley with its snaking river and waterfalls provide entertainment for skiers and hikers, while the Mediterranean Sea draws sun and watersports enthusiasts. Bradt's Lebanon provides detailed cultural and practical information to this increasingly popular destination. It also provides in-depth historical and religious background enabling visitors to travel with awareness and sensitivity.

About the author

Paul Doyle is a freelance photographer and travel writer whose work has appeared widely in national newspapers, magazines, travel books and guides. He has been a regular visitor to Lebanon since the 1990s and has also travelled widely in the Middle East region and beyond writing and photographing in Egypt, Georgia (former USSR), Jordan, Libya, Syria and Uzbekistan.

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Contents

Introduction
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation,
History, Government and politics, Economy
Chapter 2 Lebanese People and Culture
People, Language, Religion, Education,
Culture
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries,
Tour operators , Tourist information, Red tape,
Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Travellers
with disabilities, Women travellers, Gay and
lesbian travellers, Lebanon for families, What to
take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around,
Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public
holidays and annual festivals, Shopping, Arts
and entertainment, Photography , Media and
communications, Electricity, Business,
Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling
positively
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 4 Beirut
Historical overview, Getting there, Getting around,
Tourist information, Local tour operators , Where to
stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and
nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to
see and do
Chapter 5 Mount Lebanon
Beit Mery and Broummana, Bsous, Skiing and ski
resorts, Adonis Valley and Afqa Grotto, Mount
Lebanon coast, Jounieh, Byblos (Jbail),
Amchit, Rachana
Chapter 6 North Lebanon
Batroun, Tripoli (Trablous), Qadisha Valley,
Bcharré, Qadisha Valley floor: chapels, caves and
monasteries, Ehden, The Cedars (Arz al-Rab)
Chapter 7 The Bekaa Valley
Zahlé, Lebanon's wine industry and vineyards,
Aanjar, Baalbek, Hermel
Chapter 8 The Chouf Mountains
Damour, Deir al-Qamar, Beiteddine,
Baakline, Moukhtara, Chouf Cedar Reserve
Chapter 9 South Lebanon
Sidon (Saida), Jezzine, Mleeta, Tyre (Sour),
Around Tyre
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
Index