Beirut in a Day in Beirut
Beirut in a Day Trip sure does present many options, ranging from visiting places of historical interest to getting acquainted with the native wildlife.
You might start by visiting the Beiteddine Palace Complex, this is Lebanon's most exotic palace and was built in the early part of the 19th century. The architecture style is Persian and it took nearly 30 years to complete the palace complex.Also great to take pictures from a distance to get a more comprehensive view of the fantastic complex.
There are some spots in the village of Deir El Qamar (the Monastery) that is along the main road leading toward Beiteddine where people can be seen perched on the stone exteriors of this village's buildings and walls, trying to capture the best shot of Beiteddine’s exotic appeal!
Then the palace of Emir Qassim faces the Beiteddine palace and is often referred to as the ‘Serail’ or the main, local governing body since it has become a seat of the local authorities. Part of this palace has been converted into a small hotel and the hotel presents a chance to seek accommodation within the inner chambers which were once used by the ruling kings!
Another spot definetely worth the while spending an afternoon perhaps is Shouf Biosphere Reserve this is the largest conservation area in Lebanon, spread across 50,000 hectares. The dense cedar forests found here are historical,some are believed to be more than 2,000-years old. Daytime safaris are arranged so people can easily spot the wide variety of wild mammals found here. The native occupants include the Lebanese wolf, some species of jungle cats and some exotic birds. Al-Shouf Reserve is also a popular trekking and hiking destination.You might opt for a Half-day trip to the nearby mountain trails that are often organized!