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Why Fly to Beirut?
Beirut has long had a reputation as one of the loveliest and most sophisticated cities in the Middle East. Following years of conflict, an intense rebuilding program has restored much of Beirut to its former glory. Still, Beirut remains a city of contrasts. The city centre, with its preserved French-colonial and Lebanese architecture, active cafe culture, and lush parks and gardens, is surrounded by some of the region's worst slums and refugee camps. Beirut offers visitors a glimpse into the complexities and contradictions of the modern Middle East.
Flying to Beirut from the UK
You can fly directly to Beirut from London Heathrow and take on average 4 - 5 hours; flights from other major cities will involve one or more stops. Flights to Beirut depart from Manchester, Edinburgh, and Liverpool International airports, and the flight times can vary greatly depending on the length of the stopovers; on average flights with two stops take 10 - 13 hours.
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Which Airlines Fly to Beirut?
The cheapest way to fly to Beirut from the UK is to take Cyprus Airways, which flies from London Stansted with a stop in Lancarna, Cyprus. However, it is not that much more expensive to fly direct. Middle East Airlines flies direct between London Heathrow and Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, as does BMI. LOT Polish Air, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Egypt Air and other airlines offer frequent indirect flights from both Heathrow and Gatwick. BMI, Alitalia and Turkish Air offer discount flights from Manchester and Glasgow to Beirut, while Air France and Lufthansa fly frequently between Birmingham or Newcastle and the Middle Eastern city.
Mini Travel Guide to Beirut
The compact size of Beirut means that it is easy to see in a short trip. You can begin your day travelling through the museums and plazas of the Beirut Central District, the city's restored historic district, and end your day on the beach watching the sun set through the arches of the city's famous Pigeon Rocks. A day trip to the scenic ruins of the Temples of Baalbeck, just outside Beirut, can be complemented by a visit to one of the city's modern neighbourhoods, such as Verdun or Hamra.