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The Corniche

Corniche Evening © Samfay
Corniche Evening © Samfay

Encircling Beirut's promontory, the Corniche is a seaside promenade and pedestrian walkway that constantly bustles with daily life. Offering perfect views of the resplendent Mediterranean and towering Mount Lebanon to the east, the Corniche is extremely popular with walkers, joggers, and bikers.

A wonderful place to hang out in the sun and socialise, with push-cart vendors peddling tasty snacks and drinks, the Corniche is to Beirut what the Malecon is to Havana. It also stands as testament to Lebanon's troubled past, with many of the palm trees lining the promenade still pock-marked with bullet-holes.