Gateway to the Castle of the Sea, Sidon, Lebanon

Useful Info - Lebanon

Voltage

220 Volts. Sockets come in a variety of shapes and sizes including the 2 parallel flat prong and 2 parallel flat prong with a third round pin American variety and the European, 2 round pin variety. You are best to pack a good travel plug adaptor to cover all bases.

 


Health & Safety

It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven't had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Additionally, we recommend you be vaccinated for Meningococcal Meningitis. However this information can change regularly and is intended only as a guide. For the most up to date and accurate information please consult your local healthcare professional.

 

Sunstroke, upset stomachs and diarrhoea can be a common occurrence among travellers in foreign countries and Lebanon is no exception. We recommend that you pack a high factor sunscreen and a personal first aid kit containing anti-diarrhoea and headache tablets, plasters, antiseptic cream, handy antiseptic wipes etc. If you are currently prescribed medication, take an ample supply. Some dispensary items may not be available in these countries.

 

 

Climate

Lebanon offers a moderate, Mediterranean climate and enjoys approximtely 300 days of sunshine a year. The winter is mild on the coast and snowy in the mountains, while the summer is hot on the coast and mild in the mountains. It is possible during the spring to ski in the mountains and swim at the coast on the same day!

 

Average temp °C

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Beirut

   9   10   12  17   20  24  27   28   26   20   12    9

 

 

Time

Lebanon is 2 hours ahead of GMT, apart from 27 March to 30 October when Lebanon is 3 hours ahead of GMT.

 

 

Money

Major currencies can be exchanged upon arrival. US dollars are accepted everywhere and are as good and interchangeable with the Lebanese lira. Pounds sterling and Euro are also commonly accepted. Often, smaller amounts are quoted in Lebanese lira, and larger amounts (with fewer zeros) are quoted in US dollars.

 

Travellers cheques are not welcome. The best way to access cash is through the ATMs found in all larger towns that dispense cash in both Lebanese Lira and US dollars.

 

 

Food, glorious food

Lebanese cuisine is widely acknowledged to be the finest in the Middle East. The country’s gastronomic tradition is characterised by the use of an extremely wide variety of locally produced, and therefore extremely fresh, vegetables served with an abundance of fresh herbs including coriander, parsley and mint. The most commonly eaten meats include poultry and lamb. These make up some of the country’s most popular dishes. The national dish, kibbeh (or kibbe), consists of a ground lamb and cracked wheat paste, similar to paté. A meal is always concluded with a wide range of fresh fruit, which are often grown locally. Excellent Lebanese food is available everywhere. Beirut also has a large choice of international restaurants which offer dishes from all over the world.

 

Lebanon has a long history of viticulture and is acclaimed for its prized Bekaa Valley wines. Nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean, the region produces a range of unique wines that captures the spirit of the Levant.


Wine and the national drink of choice - Arak (a wine traditionally produced and aged for five to 10 years before being redistilled with anise seeds) are free flowing, well priced and are easily enjoyed with a meal. Coffee, often flavoured with Cardamon is served strong, thick and heavily sweetened.

 

 

Shopping

Lebanon offers good quality Middle Eastern souvenirs including satin slippers, wooden boxes, backgammon sets and ceramics. Many high end fashion and designer (including local) labels are also on offer at often lower than European prices.

 

 

 

Tipping & Gratuities

When travelling on any of our holidays in Lebanon we recommend that you allow for giving gratuities/tipping such persons as bellhops, luggage handlers, your driver and local guides. Some suggestion and recommendation is included in our documentation issued prior to travel. Ultimately tipping or giving gratuities is an entirely personal gesture.

 


Culture & Dress

There is no dress restrictions on what to and what not to wear in Lebanon, though it is advised that when entering a church that clothing should be modest. The Lebanese and particularly modern city dwellers of Beirut are often immaculately groomed and stylishly dressed even when sitting on the beach!

 

 

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