Cultural context : Lebanon

Must-sees and must-dos

Lebanon is known for its natural beauty and range of verdant mountains along a coast that shifts from sandy beaches to gravel to a rocky coastline. To name just a few sites, you could visit Pigeon Rock off the coast at Beirut and Jeita Grotto in Kesserwan.

There is a large number of historical buildings and monuments that date back to the Roman, Ottoman and Mameluke Empires. The museum in Badaro Region and the City of Beirut are great places to start your visit.

Culinary specialities are the best of what Lebanon has to offer. Let yourself be impressed by the sophistication of Lebanese cuisine. Beirut alone has thousands of restaurants. Its newly rebuilt city centre is home to a wide variety of restaurants serving international cuisines at reasonable prices. Start with Nimjeh Square across from Parliament.

Theatre: Going to the theatre can help you to familiarize yourself with Lebanese culture. Comedies are the most popular. Shows in English and French are rare but not non-existent. Some theatres offer one man shows that utilize various artistic forms of communication (similar to mime) rather than the spoken word (one example is actor Rafik Ali Ahmad).

Newspapers: A number of national and local dailies are published in French (like L’Orient Le Jour) and in English (like the Daily Star).

Radio broadcasts: Some FM radio stations offer programming in French (like Radio Mont Liban) and English (Radio One).

Sport: Football (soccer) is the most popular sport (Ansar and Nijmeh are the two best clubs and the ones with the most supporters). Basketball comes in second and is particularly widespread among university students and the upper class.

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