1. Go for a stroll along the Corniche
A Beirut cliché, but essential nonetheless, a stroll along the Corniche at sunset affords a glimpse of the city in all its glory. This seaside promenade is the place to get a real glimpse of Beirut life, from fishermen standing solid in the face of lashing waves to crews of jagal (wealthy posers) peacocking in Lamborghinis and coffee sellers rapping their cups like castanets. Keep following the path to the Raouché neighbourhood and you’ll meet the famous Pigeons’ Rocks, sentinels of the Beirut coastline. Alternatively, grab a bicycle at Beirut by Bike and let the fresh sea air matt your hair as you glide along the Corniche on two wheels.