Stretching from the Ramlet al Bayda area to the Saint George marina, the Corniche is the most renowned seaside promenade in Beirut. Coated with palm trees, it offers a great view of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as some of the country's best assets, namely the infamous Pigeon Rock, and the summits of Mount Lebanon on the eastern side. To the north of Pigeon Rock, you can spot the old Ferris Wheel, still active to this day. Built during the time of the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the Corniche has its origins in the Avenue des Francais, also known as the Ave de Paris, and was constructed along the Beirut waterfront. A testament to the history they have gone through and the hardships they have survived, the trunks of the trees along the Corniche carry bullet holes from the time of the Lebanese Civil War.

Apart from being a great exercising spot (locals from all age groups can often be seen walking, running, cycling, and skating alongside the Corniche), it is also a great pole fishing spot. Old fishermen are often seen along the rails, or down below on the rocks, their fishing poles in one hand, their baskets on the side, sometimes alone, but most times gathered in groups talking amongst themselves. Additionally, families, couples, and groups of youngsters dressed up in their best attire can most always be seen sauntering alongside the length of the Corniche, oftentimes stopping to have a coffee and narguileh break in one the many cafes.

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Articles & Media

24 Hours in Beirut with Luna... 24 Hours in Beirut on Oct 18, 2013
24 Hours in Beirut with Dima... 24 Hours in Beirut on Sep 27, 2013
Five Reasons Why the Corniche is... Listomania on Mar 11, 2013
24 Hours in Beirut with Hussein ... 24 Hours in Beirut on Aug 30, 2013
Tripoli Citizens Protest After... Rebels Like Us on Jul 11, 2013
Five Things to Do on a First... The Best of Beirut on Jun 6, 2013
24 Hours in Beirut with Tania... 24 Hours in Beirut on May 24, 2013
Beirut Manara: Then and Now Eye Candy on May 8, 2013
The Sewage Problem on The... Video on Jun 21, 2012
لطفاً، يمنع على... Produced for on Jun 22, 2012
Walk Beirut, Meet Beirut, Be... Blog on Jun 22, 2012
Public Space or Public Path? We the People on Jun 22, 2012
The Corniche as a Playground Blog on Jun 25, 2012
Five Corniches at Once Blog on Jun 25, 2012
Finding the Most Famous Person... Video on Jun 22, 2012
Sharfouna 3al Corniche Video on Jun 25, 2012
A Platform of Happenings Video on Jun 25, 2012
Horsh Beirut, All over Beirut Album on Jun 16, 2012

Past Events

'The Rose House' Exhibition Exhibition (Construction)
Jad Hakawati – Eid el Khobez... Performance (Poetry & Spoken Word)
Marhabtain - Dabke on the... Performance (Dance)
Yes for Equality Between Man &... Sports and Recreational Activities (Marathon)
A Walk Around the Corniche Gathering (Intervention)

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Christopher R. on Nov 15, 2013 via foursquare
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Get your nescafe and meet us at the corniche for some time wasting ;)

Khaled ☤ on Aug 9, 2013 via foursquare