The Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is just over 5 miles south of the city centre. The airport has undergone a radical rebuilding plan to make it one of the top airports in the Middle East. The current capacity of around 6 million passengers per year is scheduled to increase significantly over the coming years. The facilities at the airport are reasonable. There is a branch of the BanMed at the airport. A restaurant and café are available with plans for more to be built, as well as Wi-Fi and kiosks providing Internet access. After your Beirut flights have landed, taxis are the best option to get to the city centre and hotels.
You can hire a car at the airport from local and international companies after your flights to Beirut have landed. However, driving conditions are not the easiest unless you understand the local driving rules so getting a taxi is a better option. There are also some special taxis which are called the 'Service' which can hold up to 4 passengers who may be going to different destinations but in a similar direction. This can be a cheap form of transportation around the city. Bus services are cheap but sometimes do not run very late so be mindful of when the last return bus is scheduled to leave.
There are many archaeological sites to visit in the area such as the Temples of Baalbek. This is a large Roman ruin that is in surprisingly good condition. The Jeita Grotto is a natural wonder that you should definitely visit; an extensive collection of underground caves which you can explore either on foot, for the upper grotto, or by boat in the lower grotto. The 'Our Lady of Harissa' monument is at the top of a hill, which has a magnificent view of Beirut and the surrounding area. The telefrique, a cable car, provides a good means of getting to the top. There are many beach resorts surrounding Beirut that provide a relaxing experience, making the airfare to Beirut worthwhile. The Beach Club, located in Khaldeh, is around 45 minutes away and has four pools as well as a stretch of golden beach.
Beirut's reputation as a crossroads between three different continents has been restored and is once again thriving. The city has many influences that make it unique in the Middle East. There are many places for shopping such as the ABC Mall, which is comprised of luxury boutiques and smart shops. If you save money on cheap flights to Beirut you will find much to spend your money on. There is a diverse mix of restaurants in the city. At the Al Falamanki you can get traditional Lebanese food such as 'Khalil hrajel cheese'.
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