Beirut Corniche Walking Tour, Beirut

A seaside promenade in Beirut is as much about watching the Mediterranean and breathing the air, as it is about exploring the coastline. Among the sights included in this tour is the only natural landmark of Beirut - the Pigeons' Rock. Walk and discover the Corniche of Beirut in its full beauty.
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Beirut Corniche Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Beirut Corniche Walking Tour
Guide Location: Lebanon » Beirut (See other walking tours in Beirut)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: rose
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Rafik Al Hariri Memorial

1) Rafik Al Hariri Memorial

The Memorial pays tribute to the former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri. He was assassinated on this spot in 2005 in a car bomb attack, which also took the lives of 22 civilians. The Memorial is located near St George's Hotel and features a statue of Rafik Hariri, a sculptural piece, and a torch. Following the tragedy, the street has been renamed after the late Prime Minister.
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Corniche

2) Corniche (must see)

The Corniche Beirut is a seaside promenade. Lined with palm trees, this waterfront boulevard offers visitors a magnificent view of the Mediterranean and the summits of Mount Lebanon to the east. The Corniche is a popular destination for walkers, joggers and bikers. Push cart vendors offer an array of local snacks and drinks. Many a trunks of the Corniche palm trees are pockmarked with bullet holes left by the Lebanese Civil War. In the summer of 2007, the distinctive blue railings were replaced, due to severe rusting, with a sleeker-looking aluminum railing modified so as to make it more difficult for thrill-seekers to dive off. The Corniche encircles the Beirut promontory from the Saint George Bay on the northern coast of the city, turning west into Place Rafik Hariri, then into Avenue de Paris, Raouché, and finally into Avenue General de Gaulle.

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Lee Observatory

3) Lee Observatory

The Lee Observatory is the first and the oldest astronomical observatory in the Middle East. It is located on the campus of the American University of Beirut and was opened in 1873, pioneered by Dr. Cornelius Van Dyck. The name "Lee" refers to Henry Lee, a wealthy British merchant from Manchester, who made a significant donation to help finance the project. The Observatory had a twin role, sky gazing and meteorological forecasting for the Middle East.

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Post Hall (A.U.B Archaeological Museum)

4) Post Hall (A.U.B Archaeological Museum)

The Archaeology Museum of the American University of Beirut is the third oldest museum in the Near East after Cairo and Constantinople.

The museum was formed in 1868 after Luigi Palma di Cesnola gifted a collection of Cypriot pottery to the newly formed American University of Beirut.

Between 1902 and 1938 the Museum acquired collections from all around the Middle East. The museum remained closed during World War II and re-opened in 1948. It expanded in the 1950s and doubled its floor space with a refurbishment under curator D.C. Baramki which opened to the public in 1964. The museum remained open during the years of crisis between 1975 and 1990 and underwent another complete renovation in 2006 under the present director. A Mezzanine level was added that increased the space by one fifth using funds secured from the Joukowsky Family Foundation.

Operation hours: Winter: Monday – Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Summer: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

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American University of Beirut

5) American University of Beirut (must see)

Th American University of Beirut is a private, independent university. Degrees awarded at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are officially registered with the Board of Education in the State of New York.

The university is ranked as the number one university in Lebanon by UWR and among the top 300 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings. AUB is also ranked as the first American university located outside of the U.S.A.

The campus is composed of 64 buildings, including a Medical Center (420 beds), 5 Libraries, 3 Museums , and 7 Dormitories.

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Old Lighthouse

6) Old Lighthouse

The Old Lighthouse is located in the Al Manara district of Beirut. This octagonal tower, with a lantern and a circular observation room, is about 25 meters (82 ft) tall. The lighthouse is painted in white and black parallel bands. It has been inactive since 1998, serving only as a tourist attraction.
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New Lighthouse Al Manara

7) New Lighthouse Al Manara

The New Lighthouse replaced the old one - in service for 147 years - in 2003. This modern lighthouse stands over 60 meters tall. It displays two white flashes every ten seconds. The lighthouse features a lantern and an observation room.
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Raouche's Pigeons' Rock

8) Raouche's Pigeons' Rock (must see)

Raouché is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Beirut, renowned for its upscale apartment buildings, numerous restaurants, cliff-side cafés and the wide seaside sidewalk, the Corniche, where strollers and joggers crowd the pavements in the evenings and weekends. Off the coast of Raouché is a natural landmark called the Pigeons' Rock (also known as the Rock of Raouché). Located at Beirut's western-most tip, the two huge rock formations, standing like gigantic sentinels, are a popular destination for locals and visitors. Raouche's Pigeons' Rock has recently been featured on the front page of Microsoft's Bing.

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Walking Tours in Beirut, Lebanon

Create Your Own Walk in Beirut

Create Your Own Walk in Beirut

Creating your own self-guided walk in Beirut is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Beirut Skyscrapers and Modern Buildings Walking Tour

Beirut Skyscrapers and Modern Buildings Walking Tour

Since the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990, Beirut has been in the process of reviving. There is an ongoing construction boom. You can literally notice the Beirut skyline rising. Many skyscrapers were built after the War and plenty of others are still under construction. Most of them are luxurious residential condominiums. Beirut has been completely transformed after the war. Take this tour to discover the modern architecture of Beirut.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Beirut Places of Worship Walking Tour

Beirut Places of Worship Walking Tour

Beirut is a city of diverse religions; Christians and Muslims are both present. Churches and mosques are some of the major attractions of Beirut due to their architectural beauty, magnificent designs and historical significance. Most of these places of worship were damaged during the Civil War, but were restored and re-opened in 2000. Make sure to discover these beautiful spiritual places, whilst in Beirut.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Beirut is a city with rich history going back more than five thousand years. The city’s architecture is a showcase of styles: Ottoman, Greek, Italianate, French, Mamluke Egyptian, Lebanese and more. After the destructive Civil War, Beirut has been gradually rebuilding itself, seeing many of the war-damaged buildings restored to their former state. Follow this orientation walk and discover the most popular, history-rich sights of Beirut!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Beirut for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Beirut has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Beirut, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.