Beirut is the most important tourist area in Lebanon. It is the economic and cultural center of the country. It includes many tourist places, besides many modern shopping complexes. It has restaurants that serve the best dishes from the famous Lebanese cuisine.
The most important tourist areas:
- Beirut National Museum:
Is the supreme museum that preserves archeology and paleontology in Lebanon, designed in a model inspired by France, officially opened to tourists in 1942.
It preserves more than 100,000 pieces of antiquities, sculptures and antiques dating back to prehistoric and medieval times.
The exhibits presented in a chronological circle according to the change of the old breeds and communities. Highlights of the museum include Phoenician statues and Byzantine gold jewelry.
- Hippodrome Beirut Park:
The land and all race equipment owned by the Municipality of Beirut and run by a non-profit organization, the Society for the Protection and Improvement of the Arab Horse in Lebanon.
At present, more than 700 horses are trained on the track each morning from dawn until 8:30 am, then leave the building open to the public. There is one weekly cycle of eight races throughout the year, with an average of 10 to 12 horsepower per race.
There is no better place to exhibit at the Sursak Museum in Achrafieh.
The museum houses a collection of modern and contemporary Lebanese arts, and offers exhibitions of a special character and international collections.
The galleries in Beirut are too many to mention, but Galeries Zaman, Janine Rubeiz and Eida Sharfan are a few professionals.