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Lebanon, or officially known as the Lebanese Republic is one of the most attractive Middle Eastern countries by its location along the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The land where first settlement points out the 7th century before Common Era offers an extremely rich atmosphere to its guests by its fabric consisting of pleasant touches of both Mediterranean, Arabic and European cultures. Having been a cradle of Phoenicians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians and Romans respectively, Lebanon owns numerous historical artifacts thanks to its deep-rooted history, although it is a small country by area. The country is flooded by tourists all over the world by its unique cultural characteristics and modern presence in addition to its historical ruins.
If you are also interested to explore this multicultural fabric of the country, take a look at the flights to Lebanon offered by Turkish Airlines now to set your travel plan and enjoy a privileged journey up in the clouds.
Flights with Turkish Airlines to Lebanon take off from Istanbul Airport (IST) and land at Rafik Hariri International Airport (BEY) in the capital Beirut within nearly two hours. Although there are flights offered to the capital at all seasons, flights in this route are more popular during the summertime.
Lebanon arouses interest also by its significant events and festivals exclusive to its eclectical culture. International Jounieh Summer Festival held every year in June and July is one of the most attention-grabbing festivals countrywide held with great enthusiasm, accompanied by firework shows, concerts and dishes of local cuisine. Zouk Mikael Festival in July is truly a captivating event held in an enthralling atmosphere full of classical music, opera, jazz and blues performances in Zouk Mikael, an amphitheater remaining from the Romans.
Nevertheless, the most crowd-pulling events in Lebanon are generally the cultural festivals providing an insight into the deep-rooted culture of the country, including but not limited to Tyre Festival. This festival is dedicated to Tyre the Queen of the Seas, where various activities, theaters, exhibitions and parties are organized, commemorating the city’s myths. Baalbeck Festival, on the other hand, which is the tourist magnet of the country, known as the most prestigious event held in Middle East, ranks among the top popular organizations taking place countrywide. Held in July and August every year, this festival is organized at Baalbeck (Byblos) city which is regarded as one of the seven wonders of ancient world, and hosts various concerts and shows for two months.
Book your flight without delay if you are looking forward to having an unforgettable experience in Lebanon full of Mediterranean touches, history and its unique colorful festivals.
The capital Beirut rapidly dresses the wounds of the long lasting war, which thoroughly deserves the name of “Paris of the Middle East”. Beirut offers a peerless city silhouette for its guests by its cosmopolitan population and the structures and historical artifacts of Islam and Christianity it is a home to. It would be recommendable to have long walks in Corniche district to witness such enthralling silhouette, have a pleasant break at the vibrant and colorful cafés here and see closer the cultural diversity of Beirut. Solider Square and Old Clock Tower are the icons reflecting the city’s old glory. The National Museum of Beirut which provides details by its rich collection on the deep-rooted history of the country; the glorious Al Omari Mosque built in 1153 in the name of John the Baptist by the Hospitallers, which was converted into a mosque by the Mamelukes in 1291; Magnen as the oldest synagogue in Beirut and the Roman ruins in the coast rank among the top worth-seeing spots in the city. Pigeon Rocks in Raouche district near the coastline is regarded as the icon of both Beirut and Lebanon. These two rocks in the sea offer breathtaking landscape especially during the sunset.
Beirut is truly mesmerizing by its historical artifacts, ancient ruins and marvelous nature. Moreover, the capital Beirut is encircled by the most attractive touristic destinations of Lebanon as well. Located 20 kilometers to the city, Jeitta Cave, which is nominated as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” extends over 9 kilometers, consisting of two storey labyrinth roadways, giant stalactites and stalagmites. It is possible to have a boat tour within the cave to turn your visit into unforgettable moments. Harissa Hill, 20 kilometers to the capital, which is regarded as sacred for the Lebanese people, is another prominent spot to visit. The Statue of Virgin Mary of 64 meters height made of bronze is located at the top of the hill, watching the charm of entire city. The hill which can be reached by cable car offers a truly breathtaking view.
As the oldest city in Lebanon which had been home to the Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Ottomans throughout its history, Baalbek, also known as Byblos is another must-see destination to visit during your stay. This pretty town which is remarkably known as the place named after the Bible remains as the country’s oldest city as well, hosting ancient temples of 4000 to 5000 years.
You may consider the option of car rental to see all the enchanting destinations and set your own route during your visit to Lebanon and enjoy fully your vacation in these mesmerizing lands.
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