As contradictory and challenging as it is charming, this diminutive Mediterranean nation stands with one bejewelled slipper in the Arab world and one Manolo Blahnik planted firmly in the West. It’s a place where culture, family and religion are all-important, but where sectarian violence can too often erupt – claiming lives and scarring both the landscape and the national psyche.
Scarred by decades of civil war, invasions and terrorist attacks, yet blessed with magnificent mountain vistas, majestic ancient ruins and a people who are resilient, indomitable and renowned for their hospitality, Lebanon rewards the traveller with food for thought and a feast for the senses and the stomach. Don’t miss it.
Interesting facts about Lebanon:
- The country’s name is known to be the oldest in the world and has remained unchanged for over 4000 years.
- The world’s first ever law school was founded in the city of Beirut in Lebanon.
- It is the one and only Asian country that has absolutely no desert.