Benghazi Travel Guide

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Benghazi Things to Do

  • Akakos House, for a tea or local meal

    The man who inveited us in the Akakos House showed us also a decorated room with benches along the walls. You can drink tea here or have a meal of the Libyan cuisine. The only thing is you have to order this in advance. But in case you have enough of all the chicken restaurants with bright lights and barren walls, this can be another option.

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  • Akakos House, ethnographic exhibitions

    The Akakos House that we found on our way to the souk has more surprises. It was not only a gallery showing masks and other wooden sculptures. It was a nicily decorated house (picture1 &2) with ethnographic and historical exhibitions in several rooms. So we saw colourfull shoes and boots (picture 5), several utensiles and pictures (picture 4) and...

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  • Akakos House, gallery

    Walking in the city centre, I took pictures of a Turkish House (picture 1). It turned to be the Akakos House. We were invited to enter (picture 2).In the colourfully painted innercourt (picture 5) and in the rooms we saw several wooden sculptures (picture 3 & 4). A business card at the wall was saying it is the work of artist Ali Alwkwak. It was...

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  • Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar shopping street

    Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar is the main street in the citycentre of Benghazi. It's a lovely looking pedestrian area. At both sides of the Italian renovated street are white coloured arcades with lots of shops. It's an easygoing area to walk, to do some windowshopping or buy some souvenirs or clothes. We found an interesting Africa shop.

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  • Green Book Building

    The futuristic building at the corniche of Lake 23 July, which is looking like a tent, is the Green Book Building. They told us, that it is a study centre, a so called mataba.In the Green Book Muammar Gadhafi has elaborated a set of philosophies. I had heard of this book when I travelled in Ghana in the eighties, so I looked for this green book the...

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  • Former cathedral

    The former Italian Cathedral in Benghazi is built between 1929 and 1939. The building a is landmark close to the corniche by its two characteristic green domes which can be seen from the waterfront. The cathedral was one of the largest churches in North Africa. The cathedral is converted into a mosque and later also used as headquarters for the...

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  • Strolling in the Benghazi Souq

    The covered market area of Souq Jreed in the Old City stretches for about one km. You can easily reach the souq from the Freedom Square and walk to the Funduq Market. I always enjoy to stroll around in souqs. It's a nice way to get a glimpse of daily live in the town, to get an overview of the local products of the country and to buy some local...

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  • The Atiq Mosque

    At the Freedom Square or Maydan al-Huriya close to the Old Townhall you can find also the the oldest mosque of Benghazi, the Atiq Mosque. The original Atiq mosque was already founded in 1400, but rebuilt several times aftertwards. In the World War II many buildings of Benghazi were destroyed, so you will not find an abundance of historical...

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  • The Old Townhall

    The old town hall of Benghazi was built by the Italians during their occupancy. From the balcony, Mussolini spoke to the crowd, Field Marshal Rommel inspected his troops and also King Idris spoke from this balcony to his citizens.Nowadays the building is closed for the public. The buildign is neglected and some windows are broken. At the square are...

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Benghazi Restaurants

  • Fast food

    Coming from the sights around Al Bayda we arrived late in the beachresort 'Ghrounis Tourist Village' 5 km out of town. Because it was off-season there was noty much to do in the resort. We went out to look for a supermarket to do some shopping for the next days for the trip into the desert. We found also a kind of fastfood restaurant 'Al Tazej...

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  • Chicken or chicken ......

    The last night in Benghazi before we had to leave for the airport for our filght back to Tripoli, we ordered our dinner in a local chicken restaurant in the citycentre. Before dinner was served we could have our last walk in the citycentre. Like most of the bars and restaurants along this street there were no toilets. So like earlier in the...

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  • Arab sweets

    Shahd Sweets sells a good variety of very cheap Arab sweets, which are mostly what we in the West would call cakes. For 2 LD, you will get more than you can eat.

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  • Classical Libyan restaurant, but good

    Nice little cosy restaurant at the boarder of the sea. Friendly waiters and clean toilets. Good Arabic but classical Libyan and international food, but this time upgraded by a real maitre d'hotel who did his job perfectly.Favorite dish is not the exact word - no much choice - but the dish of fish, rice and vegetables was excellent

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  • other Turkish

    Mata'am Gharnata is one of the two best Turkish restaurants in Benghazi, It is quite similar to Mata'am Al-Kabeer, with tourist posters of Turkey decorating the walls and a very meaty menu with kebabs and mixed grills. The salads and cheese bread are good too. It is a little bit shabbier then Al-Kabeer and the food is generally not quite so good....

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  • seafood

    Mata'am al-Arabi is one of Benghazi's finest and most expensive restaurants. Downstairs it is simply furnished and brightly lit, but upstairs it has a very pleasant interior with soft, red lighting and mosaic tiles. One disadvantage is that it is in a quiet area three kilometres from the city centre. You can get there by taxi easily enough, but it...

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Benghazi Nightlife

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    by PelLihi Written Dec 30, 2005

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    Since alcohol isn't allowed in Libya and woman aren't allowed to go out, there is no nightlife. Even in the bigger hotels you only get alcohol-free beer.
    So if you the typical party-guy, this won't be the right place for you.

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Benghazi Transportation

  • From and to Tripoli by plane

    We came from Tripoli to Benghazi by plane, a fokker. It was a comfortable morning flight of less than one hour. Benina International Airport is a small airport. All went in time and smoothly. The airport is about 20 km out of town.On the way back everything was totally different. The flight should be at 10 pm. When we arrived at the airport it was...

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  • Buraq Air

    Buraq Air, founded in 2000, is Libya's first private airline. I flew Buraq Air from Tripoli to Benghazi and back. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend this small, but modern and efficient, airline. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive as I had never heard of Buraq Air before and expected ageing planes and flight delays. But, what I got...

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  • Arab Union Bus Station.

    You can get to Benghazi from any Libyan city or even from any ajacent country by two-storey , air-conditioned and comfortable buses with TV .The prises are alittle bit more cost than the other sorts of public transportation, but not expensive.

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Benghazi Shopping

  • Buying souvenirs

    If you didn't find nice local things in te authentic souqs, you can go to Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar, the main shopping street with lots of shops. When I visited in 2006 there were not many shops with local craft, but we found a African Art Shop. It was an amazing collection of nice and less pretty things. Cupper, leather, jewellery, fur, books,...

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  • Warm clothing

    All along the road leading from the seafront to the town hall, there are shops under covered arcades selling men, women and children's clothes. As everyone was so cold, a number of people wanted to stop and buy some warm clothes. There were many jumpers, coats and jackets sold to tourists that day! A woman's winter jacket was around £10 whereas a...

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Benghazi Local Customs

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    by sachara Updated Feb 7, 2010

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    During our walk in the afternoon we entered a bar to drink a tea or coffee. It was a local place where the men smoke a nargileh or waterpipe. Like in many other Middle Eastern countries also in Libya and Benghazi you can smoke a nargileh. There are several flavours to choose.

    We drunk our tea and the men smoked their nargileh. They liked it to show us how it works.

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Benghazi Warnings and Dangers

  • Roads and traffic

    Some of the roads are in a very bad condition. So if you really want to drive yourself, be careful. The traffic is bad too. On a road with 3 lanes normally 5 cars run parallel to each other. You will even get passed by cars on the right hand side (even if they have to drive besides the road for that). Be prepared for crazy traffic.

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  • Dirt and smell

    The city is extremely dirty and smells awful. The people throw their garbage out of the car (in big bags) while driving (no *** - I've seen this). And the dirt stays there until the goats eat it up!!So if you walk around in the city be prepared to step over several bags of dirt, empty bottles, plastic,... every few metres.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Benghazi Off The Beaten Path

  • Benghazi British Military cemetary

    In the district Al-Fuhaywat of Benghazi are two British Military cemetaries. We visited the Benghazi War Cemetary opposite the children hospital. At the cemetary are 1214 graves of Commonwealth soldiers. Here is also the grave of Geoffrey Keyes, who succeeded to invade the house of the German Rommel in 1941 and was killed after he was...

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  • Jebel Akdar and Wadi Kuf

    North east of Benghazi on the way to Al Bayda is the Jebel Akbar, the 'Green Mountain'. The Jebel Akbar is a mountain ridge of a maximum height of 880 m. In the north south direction there are several steep wadi's.One of the most spectular is the 'Wadi Kuf' or 'Valley of the caves' picture 1). From the bridge (picture 2&3) you have a great view at...

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  • Tocra or ancient Teucheira

    Tocra or Teucheira is founded around 510 BC. Tocra was one of the first ports settled from Cyrene. For the building of Tocra soft sandstone was used, which has proved unable to withstand the earthquakes through the centuries.After passing through the gate (picture 1) into Tocra, you see lots of columns in varying states of disrepair. Walking to the...

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Benghazi Favorites

  • The Medina

    Benghazi's Medina or Old City isn't as extensive or as well-preserved as Tripoli's, but it is an interesting area to wander around. There is an ongoing Medina renovation project, which will make it more attractive for visitors in the future.

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  • The Corniche

    Sharia al-Corniche overlooks Benghazi Harbour. On the landward side are some of the city's grandest buildings, including the Former Cathedral and Garyounis University. Although the road itself is quite busy, there is a very broad pavement for promenaders.

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  • Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar

    Sharia Omar al-Mukhtar is the main street running from south-west to north-east through the heart of the city. At the top end it becomes an elegant pedestrian precinct leading to Freedom Square. It is lined on both sides with porticos. This is my favourite area in Benghazi.

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