After years of being an 'off limits' destination, Lebanon is re-emerging for travellers as one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East.
The land of the ancient Phoenicians, Lebanon has incredible historic sites, including the Phoenician ports of Byblos and Sidon, the souks and Mamluk architecture of Tripoli and the spectacular Roman remains of Baalbek.
The bustling cosmopolitan capital of Beirut is modern and sophisticated, alive with nightclubs and glitz.
Lebanon Essential Information:
Places of interest: Baalbek, Tripoli, St Anthony of Qozhaya monastery (pictured)
Time Zone: GMT +2
Language: Arabic. To learn the basics of Arabic visit www.bbc.co.uk
Currency: Lebanon uses the Lebanese lira (LL). For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc
International dialling code: +961
British Embassy: visit the website for information