Lebanon

About

Lebanon is a diverse quilt of Mediterranean coastline, high mountain peaks, and green fertile valleys, packed into a tiny parcel of land some 225km long and 46km wide.

An ancient land, Lebanon features in the writings of Homer and in the Old Testament. Its cities were major outposts and seaports in Phoenician and Roman times, just two of the great civilizations that touched this important Middle Eastern crossroads.

The cosmopolitan flair of modern-day Beirut, the gastronomic renown of the country's food and wine, and an educated and outward-looking population complement a country that is both traditional and progressive in outlook. For all the flavors of its storied past and rugged natural beauty, Lebanon is a well-kept tourist secret that begs exploration.

There are four main geographic regions in Lebanon, differentiated by topography and climate. From west to east, they include: the coastal plain, the Mount Lebanon Range, the Békaa Valley, and the Anti-Lebanon Range.

Destinations

Instanbul

Experience the true flavour of Istanbul – a city vibrant, lasting and diverse, forging itself as the world’s most spectacular intersection of cultures, cuisine and continents. Explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Eat with a local family, sharing tea and nargile and discover the hidden treasures of this historically rich landscape.

Ankara

Experience the true flavour of Istanbul – a city vibrant, lasting and diverse, forging itself as the world’s most spectacular intersection of cultures, cuisine and continents. Explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Eat with a local family, sharing tea and nargile and discover the hidden treasures of this historically rich landscape.

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At a Glance

Capital city: Beirut (population approximately 1 million)
Population: Approximately 4.5 million
Language: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP), (US dollars widely accepted)
Time zone: UTC +3
Electricity: 110-220V/50Hz (European and UK plugs)
Calling code: +961

Culture

Travellers will find Turkish people to be polite and quite formal in their greetings, kind and hospitable as hosts and friendly as new acquaintances.

Frequenting hamams (Turkish bathhouses) and coffee houses are popular pastimes for Turkish people, although contemporary hangouts like bars and nightclubs are the standard entertainment for most young people in the big cities, with Istanbul having one of the world's hottest nightlife scenes.

Food

Home to some of the tastiest produce you can get your hands on, traditional cooking methods and influence from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey’s food is surprising, delicious and delightful.

Many Turkish favourites are already non-meat. Gozleme, simit and cig kofte are all vegetarian and easy to find in markets, street corner food stands and restaurants. Turkey has an abundance of markets selling fresh produce, bread and extras like hummus and fava bean dip. With a little planning, vegans will be able to assemble meze-style lunches when pre-made options aren’t available.

Food & Culture

Culture

Travellers will find Turkish people to be polite and quite formal in their greetings, kind and hospitable as hosts and friendly as new acquaintances.

Frequenting hamams (Turkish bathhouses) and coffee houses are popular pastimes for Turkish people, although contemporary hangouts like bars and nightclubs are the standard entertainment for most young people in the big cities, with Istanbul having one of the world's hottest nightlife scenes.

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Food

Home to some of the tastiest produce you can get your hands on, traditional cooking methods and influence from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey’s food is surprising, delicious and delightful.

Many Turkish favourites are already non-meat. Gozleme, simit and cig kofte are all vegetarian and easy to find in markets, street corner food stands and restaurants. Turkey has an abundance of markets selling fresh produce, bread and extras like hummus and fava bean dip. With a little planning, vegans will be able to assemble meze-style lunches when pre-made options aren’t available.

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