10 Thrills You Can Do In Lebanon At Low Cost

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Lebanon’s declining economy is severely affecting the luxurious lifestyle its people were used to.

On a daily basis, the Lebanese are cutting off unnecessary daily items and enduring several hours of an electricity outage. But, they refuse to bow down to such harsh situations and try to enjoy Lebanon’s countless blessings.

Searching for inexpensive products and outings is no longer a taboo in Lebanon. They are being as honest as possible about finding cheap alternatives to their necessities.

So, here are a few activities you can enjoy with your friends and/or family without breaking the bank!

#1 Visiting religious sites

Lebanon’s multicultural land never runs out of religious sites. No matter your religion, you have the right to visit locations of any heritage.

There are no entrance fees to any desired location but, there are gift shops if you want to buy a souvenir.

This “activity” will barely cost you a thing. Fuel cost is a problem? Share a ride with friends and visit these peaceful monuments.

#2 Take a journey through Lebanon’s amazing forests

Visiting our country’s dense woodlands is a must. What’s great about this journey is that it is budget-friendly.

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You have access to any greenwood around here, whether it is reserved and protected by the government or not. There are no entrance fees to these forests, but donations are welcomed.

You have the option to reserve a guide to help you navigate through the forests. If your budget allows it, certain areas also have rental services of equipment for rock climbing, camping, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

However, you really don’t need to pay a cent to enjoy the forests, do you?

According to FAO, “almost 13.4% of Lebanon is forested.” So what are you waiting for? Go and connect with your Lebanese roots!

#3 Go for Lebanon’s public beaches

Although most of Lebanon’s coastal line is full of hotels and resorts, there are still a few free beaches that have escaped the grips of businessmen and corporates.

You will have no added expenses when you visit Tyre’s lengthy coast, for instance. There are no entrance fees to the public beach, but you can rent a table with chairs, if you wish, for a low cost.

#4 Discover Lebanon’s Islands

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This is actually a must. Lebanon has beautiful islands in Tripoli that are reachable from the coast of El-Mina by transportation boats.

Most islands aren’t reserved, so you’ll have to pay for transportation only.

On the other hand, Palm Island is reserved and requires a low entrance fee plus transportation. In both situations, you are allowed to bring food and equipment.

Trips to these beautiful islands have their unique thrill and will cost you less than business-owned beaches.

#5 Explore Lebanon’s historical sites

Whether you’ve done them all or a few already, let’s admit it, we can’t get enough of these impressive sites that speak of Lebanon’s long history.

While some are costly, such as Jeita Grotto, there are other low-budget options. The castles of Lebanon, for instance, are a thrill to explore.

While most of these sites require an entrance fee, the charges are pretty fair. You can also pay for a guide to help you tour the castles and offer you extra information to add to the thrill.

Here are 11 touristic sites that you can visit this summer and at any season.

#6 Stroll through Lebanon’s old souks

You can simply walk in Lebanon’s numerous ancient souks without paying a dime, and enjoy the country’s history. These souks are flooded with gift shops and restaurants/pubs to live out the Lebanese lifestyle to the maximum.

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Never miss out on the chance to visit your country’s heritage. It’s a budget-friendly adventure!

#6 Museums

Lebanon’s rich history has made it the most unique country in the world. You can never run out of religious and historical sites!

Visiting museums is a necessity since they are an allocation of Lebanon’s history. And, it isn’t costly!

While clubbing and dinning are fun, discovering the country can be a thrilling adventure. Our homeland is full of educational and thrilling adventures, it’ll be a shame to miss out on them.

#7 Bike through towns

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You don’t need to be a professional cyclist to enjoy such activity. You can rent a beginner’s bike and stroll down the roads of your hometown and beyond.

You might discover some hidden gems!

#8 Drive-in Cinema

The concept of drive-in cinema is new to Lebanon, and it’s cheap!

You’ll get to watch your favorite movie in the comfort of your own car. Also, there are available food courts for some movie snacks.

This inexpensive experience is new to the Lebanese, so make sure to be one of the first to try it out!

#9 Go for a picnic with friends at one of our amazing lakes

Escape the city’s burning heat to the Lebanese cool lakes.
There’s nothing better than the chill atmosphere of the Lebanese refreshing lakes!

Imagine after hiking long trails, you’ll find the perfect spot beside the river and take a dip in the refreshing waters.

If that doesn’t make you pack your bags now, I don’t know what will!

#10 Visit Local Parks

We always walk past local parks, ignoring the advantages they carry. Most of us haven’t even visited these sites!

Parks are the easiest inexpensive activity! No need for a car to reach them, you can take a stroll through your town and reach your destination. The best part is, they don’t require entrance fees.

Public parks are perfect for a relaxing afternoon. You can walk your dogs, take your kids to play, exercise, and much more!

You can take a sip of your homemade coffee in the middle of the peaceful nature, and not worry about spending another dime.