Go for an early morning walk along the Corniche - Beirut´s seaside promenade - and watch as the Mediterranean Sea laps against the rocks while the summits of Mount Lebanon dominate the horizon to the east. Enjoy a strong black coffee here before hitting Hamra to experience Beirut´s bustling commercial side or the old Central District to admire the elegantly restored Ottoman and French-colonial buildings - a demonstration of Beirut´s determination to become the ´Paris of the East´ once again. The guide features practical advice on getting to and around this up-and-coming city, along with fascinating insights into Beirut´s culture and history. Essentials section with practical advice on getting there and around. Highlights maps of the region so you know what not to miss. Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, drink and sleep. Detailed street maps for Beirut and key destinations.