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Beirut is a dynamic city with its mix of languages and cultures. You’ll find this ancient city has so many options when it comes to impressive sights and historical landmarks. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editor’s picks for the five best things to see and do in Beirut:
1. Visit Souk el Barghout. This famous market draws hundreds of shoppers and visitors and you won’t want to miss it. Shop for colorful trinkets ranging from pottery to scarves, sit in a café and enjoy a cup of coffee or indulge in some first-rate people watching.
2. Tour the Roman temples at Baalbeck. Beirut is full of historic sites, but these Roman temples at Baalbeck on the Bekaa plain are considered to be among the wonders of the ancient world. These surprisingly well-preserved temples are said to be the largest and grandest ever built.
3. Stoll along the Corniche. This seaside promenade is famous for its gorgeous views of both nature and people. Snap a photo at Pigeon Rocks or add on some time to relax on the sand.
4. Explore Jeita Grotto. Be sure to set aside a day for your exploration of these magical grottoes that are among the most impressive sites in the natural world. Walk through the upper grotto to see fantastic rock formations that resemble curtains, columns and mushrooms. Hop into a boat to see the lower grotto full of stalactites overhead and stalagmites jutting form the water.
5. Head to the country. The mountains have attractive vistas, winter ski slopes and wonderful hiking. The Bekaa Valley has recently seen a number of wineries that draw on a tradition dating back to ancient Phoenicia and influenced by 20th century French colonialism.