Sightseeing in Lebanon

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
- Baalbeck's temples are fascinating. They dominate the Bekaaa. By their huge size they illustrate Roman power;
- In the capital Beirut modernism and tradition meet. The 5 columns group discovered in 1963, is located left from the St George Maronite Cathedral;
- The port of Sidon (Saida) located 48 km south of Beirut is a notable site as it has been an attractive trading center since Phoenician times;
- Byblos is among the most ancient cities in the world.
Cultural
There are three international festivals,in Byblos, Baalbeck and Beiteddine, where famous artists promote Lebanon's diversity.
Nature
Lebanon's diversity and topography give it a unique ecosystem. For 10 years, particular attention has been paid to endangered species. Lebanon has 20 natural reserves. One of them, Al Shouf cedar reserve, with its 6 magnificent cedar groves.
Religious
This type of tourism is not very common.
Thermal
This type of tourism is not very common.
Beach
The country has 225 km of Mediterranean coast. The beaches are sandy or rocky. You may explore the fauna and flora of this coast in the Palm Islands Park. You can also explore ancient Roman remains in Tyr. Diving and other underwater sports are available.
Winter Sports
Lebanon has 6 ski resorts where you can ski, cross country ski and walk with showshoes.
Outdoor Activities
You can go diving, snorkeling and do other water sports. Lebanon's mountainous relief is great for hiking, trekking and mountain biking. You can also go paragliding.
Shopping
Lebanon has many luxury boutiques concentrated in the regions of Achrafieh, Hamra, Kaslik, Verdun and in the City Center. A crafts department store, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, is located at the end of the coast road in Beirut. Beirut has a large carpet market.
 
 

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Partially free.
You can consult the report of the Freedom House.
Civil Liberty
3/7
Freedom of the Press
The law garanties a freedom of press. However, civil war has harmed the freedom and security of journalists. Some papers have been closed down in the past few years.
You can consult the report of the Freedom House on the freedom of the press in Lebanon.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 61/175
Evolution: 6 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Lebanese have free access to internet. However, in 2008, some students have been imprisonned without trial for writing libellous messages on facebook.
You can consult the report of the Freedom House on the freedom of the press in Lebanon. 
Freedom of Assembly
Lebanese are free to get together.
Rule of Law
Lebanon is not ruled by law. A number of laws criminalize critics made on behalf of the military, security force, justice, and presidency. A high degree of corruption exists in Lebanon; especially political corruption in the country is the highest among the Arab world.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Lebanon is a relatively free country.
Women's Condition
Women have the same rights as men but remain victims of social discrimination as divorces and family problems are managed by religious court. Women are not well represented politically.
For Further Information
Freedom House

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Religion

Degree of Freedom
Religious freedom is garanteed by the Constitutionand is respected in practice.
Beliefs
Muslims (Shiites and Sunni): 59.7%; Christians (Orthodox, Armenians, Gregorians): 39%; Other religions: 1.3%.
Role of Religion in Society
The main religious groups are the Muslims and the Christians. Even if the country is secular, religion still plays an important part in society. Family questions are delt by Religious Court

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