Lebanon

Lebanon Overview

Lebanon is a small country at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and the western end of Asia. Sandy beaches lie along its coast, and rugged mountains rise in the interior. Beirut, on the coast, is Lebanon’s capital and largest city. About half of the country’s people live in the Beirut area.

Despite Lebanon being one of the world’s smallest countries, it has several distinct regions with attractive varying climates. During May it is not uncommon to be able to choose between catching the ski season in the central Lebanon mountain range or sunbathing on the beach.

CLIMATE

Temperatures in the country’s coastal area average about 55 °F (13 °C) in January and about 84 °F (29 °C) in June. Most of the area is very humid in the summer. Inland areas have generally lower average temperatures and less humidity than the coast.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Beirut
POPULATION: 3.9 million
LANGUAGE: Arabic, French, English, Armenian
CURRENCY: Lebanese Pound
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: LB
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +961
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +2

TRAVEL WARNING

Travel to some areas of Lebanon requires caution. We advise against all travel to Palestinian camps and against all but essential travel to Tripoli as well as south of the Litani. Although the situation overall in Lebanon is calm, it is fragile. On several occasions in recent years, the security situation has deteriorated rapidly to the point where we have had to advise against all travel. Anyone travelling to Lebanon should keep themselves well informed and closely monitor political and security developments.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk