Beirut: Family Holiday
Paris of the Middle East
Beirut may not seem the most obvious choice for a family holiday, but once you get past the stereotypes, all the family can enjoy a fantastic holiday in Beirut. For a start, the people in Beirut are incredibly friendly, so you can expect a genuinely warm welcome for all the family on holiday in Beirut.
The compact nature of Beirut also makes it great for families – you’ll be able to walk to most of the main attractions easily, or take a taxi if you’re planning on going a little further afield. And, if you want to take your family out of the city of Beirut to explore Lebanon this is definitely worth doing, particularly if you have any young history buffs in tow: some holiday highlights for the family include the city of Byblos – now a fishing port with fascinating archaeological sites to be enjoyed, and the fabulous ruins of the Bekaa valley.
And, if your family likes swimming on holiday, there are numerous “beach clubs” in Beirut where the family can hit the pool, and some good family-friendly beaches in the rest of Lebanon – such as the sandy beach at Tyre. There’s also Splash Mountain – a water park just over six miles from Beirut - which has tube and water slides, an adventure beach and two swimming pools for the whole family to enjoy. Another family-friendly water park, Waves Aqua Park, can be found slightly further up the coast from Beirut in Mar Roukoz.
Just an hour away from Beirut, in Mnaitra, you’ll also find La Reserve Eco-Tourism resort, which is perfect for families on holiday. The resort is spread over a huge area of natural beauty, and offers horse riding, orienteering, canoeing and caving, amongst many other family fun activities.
And what’s more, the food in Beirut is also perfect for families on holiday. You’ll find a tempting variety of mezze, nuts, fruit and juices to satisfy the kids’ rumbling tummies, whilst you can sample some of the excellent Lebanese wines on offer.