1. Bike Riding
The best place to go bike riding in basically all of Lebanon, the Corniche makes the perfect destination for a morning, afternoon or evening bike routine. A great activity for friends, family, dates, or just for exercise, biking on the Corniche is easily one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities that Beirut has to offer.
And if you don't have a bike, no worries. Beirut By Bike is a cheap alternative for the occasional biker—just make sure you don't hit any pedestrians.
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2. The Kahweh Dude
One of the best things about the Corniche is the fact that it is positively teeming with life. From the kahk dude on his bike to the photographer man screaming for polaroids to the traditional mustached men loudly offering you Arabic coffee, the Corniche is chock-full of craziness.
For just a couple thou, you can buy corn-on-the-cob, freshly baked kahk, coffee, toys, cotton candy, balloons, and even fish. It's a bizarre array of the randomest stuff that Beirut has to offer, and it's awesome.
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3. The Weather
Hands-down one of the nicest places I've ever gone running, the Corniche is
the place to appreciate all the bipolar phases of Beirut weather.
Enjoy a good hurricane in winter, an unmerciful sun in summer, and the light drizzle of rain in early spring—all while taking in the never-ending vastnass of sea.
You can easily spend hours gazing into the turquoise-violet-green-grey hue that embodies the seraphim of sea gods, echoing turbulence or serenity—and often only minutes apart.
Warning—wandering waves will wet walkers. (Alliteration five!)
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4. People Watching
Bored on a Sunday morning? Why not go people watching on the Corniche?
All you have to do is grab a chair, a lemonade, and some sunglasses and take in the old men playing tawlah, the steroid-enhanced dudes blasting music from their pimped-out cars, the children running into everything and everyone, the dogs terrifying middle-aged women, the hoards of competing fishermen, and the plethora of teenagers holding hands and flirting.
It's Lebanese life in a nutshell.
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5. Raoucheh Rock
Also called "Pigeon rock", the
Raoucheh is a natural wonder that all Lebanese and tourists should see.
Situated on the far end of the Corniche before the public beach, the Raoucheh is a gigantic pair of rocks anchored near the shoreline. Anyone can visit them (from the confines of the Corniche) for free, or you can take a private boat and sail directly through them.
Either way, this view is indisputably the greatest thing about Beirut's Corniche. And if you want to reach the maximum level of your Corniche experience, why not grab some coffee, enjoy the weather, stare at people and bike to the Raoucheh?
Be awesome and do this whole list at once. You'll thank me later.
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The number one outdoors destination in Beirut, the Corniche stretches from the Ramlet al Bayda area to the Saint George marina and serves as a brilliant destination for weekday or weekend activities.
To fully appreciate its awesomeness, we've written up a short list of the top five reasons why the Corniche is just fabulous. So sit back, adjust your keyboard, and question your weekend plans—because when was the last time you visited the Corniche?