Beirut is one of the most colorful cities in the Middle East - a cosmopolitan blend of different peoples, nations, religions all living together. It's impossible for the explorer within to resist Beirut's Western flair mixed with Eastern exoticism. Sit back in upscale cafés and restaurants, and let the archaeological majesty of the past tower before you. Take a stroll through the Ottoman influences of the city, head over to the always vibrant beaches, or discover a totally different side of Beirut and experience its traditional daily lifestyle. If you want to understand the Middle East, Beirut is a great place to start.