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[Editor's note: In an April 1, 2013 travel warning the U.S. State Department said, "The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains," and it urged U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel there.]


Lebanon may have a reputation for being war-torn and religiously and politically divided, yet despite the ongoing turmoil, the little country in the Levant is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, with the biggest hearts. As you travel across the country, the warmth and generosity of the Lebanese, of all religions — Shiite, Sunni, Druze, Orthodox, Maronite, and Catholic — will impress you ...

[Editor's note: In an April 1, 2013 travel warning the U.S. State Department said, "The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains," and it urged U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel there.]


Lebanon may have a reputation for being war-torn and religiously and politically divided, yet despite the ongoing turmoil, the little country in the Levant is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, with the biggest hearts. As you travel across the country, the warmth and generosity of the Lebanese, of all religions — Shiite, Sunni, Druze, Orthodox, Maronite, and Catholic — will impress you equally as much as the country's stupendous archaeological ruins, from its monumental Roman temple at Baalbek to the majestic crusader castle at Tripoli. Ask a Lebanese person for a restaurant recommendation and they'll invite you to join them for dinner; ask for directions and they'll drive you there; meeting people will be the highlight of your trip. The beauty of a trip here is that the compact country can be experienced in a very short time. A mere few days would allow you to take in the main sights, such as Byblo's ruins and bay to Tripoli's souqs and khans. That's not to say Lebanon shouldn't be traversed with caution. Check government travel warnings before going.

Lara Dunston
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Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have traveled to over 60 countries and written more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, and others on destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Lebanon is a mountainous country in the Middle East, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south.
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Currency: Lebanese Lira
  • Research: Lebanon
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall