Tripoli Travel Guide

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  • rock art from the Akakus
    rock art from the Akakus
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Tripoli Highlights

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    ROCKARIA says…

     People once you introduce yourself are very friendly and have pride in their country.In Tripoli every thing is very central like the beach,the hotels,places of interest and shopping centres. 

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    travelthrough says…

     gets a bit boring after awhile, lacks "oriental flair" 

  • In a nutshell
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     The city of people from every corner of the earth 

Tripoli Things to Do

  • Walking with Romans

    Without a doubt, the great Roman city of Leptis Magna - once the greatest Roman city in all North Africa - is a must-see on every visitor to Tripoli's list. Abandonment rather than successive rebuilding on the same site has left the city in a wonderfully intact state and the excellent and sensitive work done by way of restoration makes the city an...

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  • Berber banking

    It was Eid al Kabir the first time I visited Qasr al Haj and, unfortunately, the qasr was locked so I had to be content with a walk around the outside, peering through the great palm trunk doorway. It was enough to see what a fantastic place this is, and to make me want to come back if and when I returned to Libya. Lying about 160km from Tripoli,...

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  • Medina meanders

    Shabby and faded as much of it is, Tripoli's medina is still a great place to wander. With its mixture of Roman remains; Ottoman souqs, mosques and minarets; Arabic and Italianate houses graced by crumbling balconies and ornate doorways; busy streets and quiet alleys - there's much to catch the eye and tempt the shutter finger here. Wartime damage...

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  • Places to visit

    Desert When you are in Libya You have to visit the desert ,It is a very special experience.Of courseyou have to deal with a tour group or specialists. But please do not try to go alone to the desert.Archeological sitesVisit Archeological sites such as ( Libdeh) , (the old city of Ghadames) , (the old city in Tripoli) ,And other , Will be great fun...

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  • Gurgi Mosque

    The Gurgi Mosque was built in 1833 by Yussef aka Mustapha Gurgi , a sea captain who originally came from Georgia. You can see his tomb, through a window, in an antechamber to the right of the minbar. Nine columns support a roof made up of sixteen small domes. The mosque's minaret, which is the tallest of all Tripoli's mosques, is octagonal in shape...

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  • Jamahiriya Museum

    The Jamahiriya Museum or National Museum gives a great chronical overview of Libya's rich history of art and culture. You can see replicas of the rock art (picture 2) from prehistoric times which you can find in the deep south of the Akakus desert. There are galleries with Libyan heritage from the Garamantes empire. In other galleries you can find...

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Tripoli Restaurants

  • Don't miss tiramisu

    it's in Gargarish street, one of the most popular streets of Tripoli. The cuisine is Italian based,international cuisine. The entrance is welcome. There are two dining rooms with different decorations and one VIP room. the service is good. the food is delicious. The toilets, dining rooms, plates, waitress dresses are very clean. I have been in...

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  • pasta and seafood

    Al Ghazala Restaurant is a an upmarket city centre restaurant that specializes in pasta and seafood. I ate the mixed grilled seafood, which was fish, shrimps, prawns, squid rings, rice and french fries, with a candle in an onion! It was OK, but the fish was not fresh that day, maybe because it was a Friday. There is live music here some nights but,...

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  • The best Italian restaurant in Tripoli!

    On the shore of Mediterannean sea, in the North-west of Tripoli I had the pleasure to find one of the best restaurants. A friend told me about the restaurant. Situated in Gergarish area, 7Km, in front of Gofran Mosque and on the side of the sea, the restaurant offers a very intimate atmosphere. The specific of the restaurant is Sicilian and the...

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  • Tripoli, restaurant at the Marc Aurelius...

    In the old city of Tripoli is a restaurant at an absolutily stunning location, just beside the Marcus Aurelius Arch. You can enter the restaurant at the lower floor by walking through the arch first. When I visited the arch during daytime, I took the chance to look around in the restaurant and its terrace as well. Unfortunatily I had not enough...

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  • Dinner in the old town of Tripoli

    The first evening we walked into the medina of Tripoli and found this lovely restaurant at the lifely square of the clocktower or Essaa tower. Outdoors at the terrace you can drink your tea or coffee or smoke the waterpipe.The interior of the restaurant has warm red and yellow colours. We had our dinner at the first floor with a splendid view at...

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  • Perfect illuminate diner

    Eat here at least once, depending on the days you intend to spend in Tripoli. A rather touristic restaurant due to it's location near one of the highlights in Tripoli. (The Arch of Aurelius)Best time is the evening when the Arch is illuminated. A classical Libyan menu, see my other pages, but good and a perfect service.Libyan soup, small salad...

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Tripoli Nightlife

  • open air cafe

    Since the revolution in 1969, Tripoli doesn't have any real nightlife such as you might find in other capital cities. Cafe Salim is about as good as it gets and it is where quite a few locals and foreign visitors gather to sit and drink tea or smoke hubble-bubble around sunset. From here you can sit under the elegant arches and look across at the...

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  • A tour on Assaha al Khaddra at night.

    Tripolitan families like to walk on this big square on late evenings and night, enjoying the breeze from the sea, have a ride on the horse pulled coaches or take photos of their kids with a gazelle or another animal. Going back from the Medina to the hotel I liked to walk across that square, look at the people, trying to feel what was going on....

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  • Sunset

    In a dry country such as Libya, nightlife is NOT one of the reasons for visiting.About the most interesting activity, apart from eating (and Libya is not known for its gourmet food) is to watch the sunset. Along the promenade you can get some great views over the water.

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Tripoli Transportation

  • City map

    Not that any visitors are going to need this for a while to find where that nice little hotel they read about is but the link here is a clear map of the city that anyone following the situation in Libya might find interesting.Al Misabah al Khadra (the long "square" near the old city) is Green Square. The somewhat triangular group of streets fanning...

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  • what u should know

    HelloI'm female, originally from tripoli, Libya, and I have some tips on some things.In general when you arrive to Libya will find that it is the principal means of transport here is either a taxi or bus, usually taxi at the airport there is the most common forms of rapid movement anywhere and the color of the car is black and white,Ask a taxi...

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  • Taxis

    You can see most of Tripoli's attractions on foot. If you need to travel farther afield, you can flag a taxi easily. The black-and-white taxis are everywhere and you shouldn't have to pay more than 2 LD to go anyhere in the central area.

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Tripoli Shopping

  • A huge collection of Libyan stamps

    If you collect stamps, Libya is the place to be. If not, it can be a nice souvenir to bring back home. In Tripoli we visited the postoffice to buy the ' total eclipse at Great Jamahiriya 29.3.2006' stamps. In the postoffice they showed you a big map with all the Libyan stamps they have for sale. The most striking were the ones with the political...

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  • Shopping in the souqs of Tripoli

    The medina is the best place in town to get lost in a labyrinth of narrow streets and souqs (markets) and is the home of 38 mosques, the Al Saray al-Hamra (Red Castle) and the last remaining Roman monument in Tripoli, the Arch of Marcus Aurelius at the northern end of the Medina. Whatever you are interested in

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  • Something old, something new

    Keep walking down Souq al Turk, away from the Green Square end, and you'll come at last to this shop - it's on the right and is the only one of its kind so is easy enough to find. A small window display leads into a narrow shop with red-lined shelves along each wall. Definitely a cut above the souvenir souq near the entrance to the medina, here...

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Tripoli Local Customs

  • Great news ....

    ....for non smokers!One of the hazards of visiting Tripoli was the smoking habits of the locals. Smoking was allowed everywhere and hotel rooms and restaurants could, and often did, reek of cigarettes and old tobacco smoke. Not any more! New legislation has seen the banning of smoking indoors in public buildings of all sorts.

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  • Nargileh

    In the tea houses of Tripoli, you will see men smoking hubble-bubble, known locally as nargileh, or shisha. If you want to try it, a waiter will bring you one. It is a very light, perfumed smoke and even non-smokers, like me, find it tolerable. The tobaccos often include fruit flavours, such as peach and strawberry. It's worth trying once, just to...

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  • The bathhouses

    Traditional bathhouses in N.Africa, so also in Libya.There are at least three in the medina of Tripoli, male or female users have different opening hours, tourists can have a look inside after permission of the guardian, and accordingly the sex (wow!) - Al - Heygha- Al - Kebira- DraghutCharges are 1 LD for a steam bath, 2 LD for a massage and 5 LD...

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Tripoli Warnings and Dangers

  • Male flesh is forbidden too

    What one should never do is walk about in shorts. This is big "no-no" even for men. When safely on private property but still exposed to the eyes of the strangers, for example chilling out on your balcony, the same rule is in effect. I had the indecency to even sunbathe naked down to my waist which was a major infraction quickly noticed by somebody...

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  • tripoli and libya isnt safe as u think

    well i am libyan ,travelled and lived western life ,when you come here be ready to start a new way of life ,the freedom you exercise at home and within public places you better shift it to closed doors to avoid getting stuck up with local closed mind people who dont even know what the hell you are doing ,a woman wearing nice clothes is a normal...

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  • women alone

    I would seriously warn against women travelling alone in Tripoli. I live here and as a woman every day is a struggle. It was advised when i arrived to work here to respect local culture and tradition which i was keen to do. Tripoli is a predominantly muslim city and the majority of women on the street have their heads covered. I was told i would...

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Tripoli What to Pack

  • Packing List

    GhirzaGhirza was an Arab town which developed and flourished during the early centuries A.D., in a semi desert area and in hard climatic conditions, only through the sheer will of the inhabitants. Ghirza settlement is located in the Werfella area southeast of Tripoli one hour drive from the town of Beni Walid. It is bounded by Wadi Ghirza in the...

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  • Packing List

    Backpack 65l Most of the year is hot or extremly hot in Lybia, but nights are chilly. Take some comfortable shirts and trousers. And remember, this is the Muslim world. Dress modest! It's better to take all you may need. Take everything you need with you! I had many problems to buy a film (forget about the slides).

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Tripoli Off The Beaten Path

  • After the rain in Libya

    After 2 days of rain the dams in the wadis (valleys) south of Tripoli are holding back a large amount of water and you can see the result in the photo. A great place to relax.

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  • Whisky Bottles

    These modern office blocks on Tripoli seafront are nicknamed locally, the whisky bottles, as the locals believe that they resemble upturned Johnny Walker bottles. Not that many locals would ever have seen a real whisky bottle, however, as the sale of alcohol has been prohibited in Libya since 1969.

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  • St. George and the Dragon

    High up on the wall of the Red Fort, above the main gateway to the Medina, is a stone relief of St. George slaying the dragon, It was left there by the Knights of St. John in the sixteenth century. The cross which accompanied it was later removed by the Ottomans.

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Tripoli Favorites

  • Mosaics

    Tripoli's National Jamahiriya Museum houses a superb collection of mosaics, mostly from the 2nd century AD. These mosaics were usually used to decorate the floors of Roman villas, They are made from small pieces of marble, limestone and terracotta, called tesserae, fitted together rather like a jigsaw puzzle.The most famous of these is the Four...

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  • The Medina

    The Medina is my favourite part of Tripoli. Until the end of the nineteenth century it WAS Tripoli. Since then the city has expanded beyond its walls. It is still by far the most interesting part of the city, with many historical buildings, mosques, churches, old consulates, souqs, alleyways and Roman ruins.65,000 people still work inside the...

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  • Maidan Essa

    Maidan Essa, or Jesus Square, is one of the nicest places in Tripoli. In it there is an outdoor cafe, the Ottoman Clock Tower, Souq Mushir and the entrance to Souq Ghizdir.If you enter the Medina from Green Square, you will see Maidan Essa, straight ahead, after about 100 metres.

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