Paris of the Middle East
If you’re planning on taking a backpacking holiday in Beirut, you’re sure to have a great time. Just bear in mind that, if your backpacking holiday to Beirut is part of a larger trip, you won’t be allowed to enter Lebanon if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport. Other than that, you’ll certainly have a great time and find that backpacking is a great way to experience Beirut’s interesting cultural mix, extremely friendly people, and fascinating lifestyle.
There are a number of low-cost accommodation options for backpackers and budget travellers in Beirut. Many places, such as the Al Nazih Pension or Talal’s New Hotel offer a number of different tariffs, depending on your budget and what sort of room you’re after: you’ll find a mixture of dorm rooms and private single, double or triple rooms, all of a fairly high standard. Accommodation options like these in Beirut offer a great way to meet other backpackers and travellers, and usually have a communal area where you can chat to other backpacking holidaymakers over a beer or a coffee. Some places also have free laundry, book exchange and kitchens. You’ll also find that the majority of budget hotels and hostels offer a free internet service, so you can keep everyone updated with your backpacking adventures in Beirut. Al Nazih Pension is even offering $15 tours around Lebanon. Cost of public transport is cheap and good in the daytime.
In terms of low-cost activities on a backpacking trip to Beirut, one of the most fascinating past times in Beirut is going out to see and be seen. You can settle down in one of the bars on Beirut’s cornice for just the price of a beer and watch all the people go by.