Libya Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
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Libya Local Customs

  • Hammam tradition

    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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  • A door reflecting symbolic signs

    The doors in the islamic world has often a symbolic value or signPicture 1 : My husband went to mecca, this picture was taken in Ghadames, small leather circle naps in the color of Ghadames City ( red yellow and green)Picture 2 : Knock one time, this is a man, knock three times, it will be a female.Sence : The lady of the house can take precautions...

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  • Islamic tradition

    Islamic tradition and rule - no alcoholic drinks !In the meanwhile i've been to some Arabic countries, from the west to the east, not mentioning the name.In many of this islamic countries you can have an alcoholic drink, but as far as i know, NOT in Libya or in Saudi Arabia- forget it.Nevertheless i pictured this bottle of 5%A Beck's beer brewed in...

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  • Ghadames - Date harvest

    During my stay in Ghadames (end of october) the inhabitants were preparing the famous "Date harvest festival" Many people are visiting the market place next to the Mosquein the new town. We had the occasion to see the dancers preparing their show. The music is special.Pitty the performers didn't wear the traditional cloths.

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  • Modern women clothes

    Culture guidance : I was a little bit surprised to see so many shops in Tripoli and Benghazi selling nice and modern women clothes. Bought by woman entering the shop in traditional islamic clothes (head shawl). The guide told us : women in Libya pleases their husband behind closed doors. I accept this tradition, in islamic countries

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  • Daily on the menu

    Eating in Libya, definately not a culinary tripDaily, sometimes twice - A so called "Libyan soup" (Spicy tomatosoup with local vegtables)- Bread in different tastes- Water 'a volonté' and a soft drink for free. NA drinks to be paid (Becks beer 2LD)- An entrance of local vegtables- Most of the time Couscous with chicken, fresh fish, lamb or camel...

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  • Always a "security officer" on board

    The third man. (We called him Orson Welles - A security officer of the regime)It is a Libyan custom to appoint a so called security officer accompanying the group of touristsfrom the beginning of the tour till the end. On the bus, in the hotels, on all sitesHe rarely speaks english - but at the end, he is oké

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  • Berber cloaks and Tuareg turbans

    All over Tripolitania, in the centre of Tripoli as much as in the small villages of the Jebel Nafusa, you will see men, young and old, wrapped toga-like in thick white woollen blankets. Handwoven - usually by a mother or a wife - they measure some two and a half metres, and they will last a lifetime. Warm in winter, supposedly cool in summer - they...

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  • Home from the Haj

    Walking through the old town in Ghadames, every now and then you will pass a door decorated with small red, green and gold rosettes. This is a local tradition that marks the occupier's completion of the Haj. Some are old and faded - others bright and new indicating a recent journey.

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  • Ghat

    Ghat is a little village "with INTERNET" near the border in the south , there are a lot of people from Tsjaad, Niger, Senegal, Soudan.They work there.I like them, they are so friendly and innocent...We came there late in the evening and they didn't have food enough,so I could go with them in the kitchen and they shared with us.It was a wonderfull...

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  • Shwarma

    I don't know whether this is a Lebanese custome imported to Libya or the other way round, but we saw many little shops/restaurants selling Shwarmas all thoughout Libya.Meat (usually chicken) is cut into chunks and formed onto a pole and then cooked vertically by heating elements behind the meat. The meat is then carved in thin slices and placed...

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  • Sheesha

    Not being one to pass an opportunity by, I decided to order a sheesha at the street café in Tripoli. I have previously tried one in Damascus in Syria, and really enjoyed the apple tobacco. However, no-one spoke enough English here to try and explain that, or maybe they just didn't have it - in any case, I ended up with normal tobacco and a heavy...

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  • Sheep

    Libya is one of the top countries in the world where sheep outnumber people. Everywhere you go, you will see a herd of sheep alongside the road, and sometimes, as here, crossing the road. Naturally, lamb is the main feature on the menu.

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  • Green Tea

    The local drink of choice is the green or mint tea. Usually served with masses of sugar, it can be very refreshing! It will be automatically brought to your table at the end of your meal at most reataurants. It is always served in small clear glass cups such as this one.

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  • Gaddafi

    All over Libya, huge posters showing pictures of their beloved leader, Coronel Gaddafi are found. This particular one was in the lobby of our hotel, and was at least six feet high.I do not wish to discuss politics here, so if you wish to find out more about Gaddafi, check out the link below.

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  • AKAKUS DESERT(14 DAYS)Day 1:...

    AKAKUS DESERT(14 DAYS)Day 1: Djerba -Tripoli (260 Km)Arrival at Djerba airport. Meeting with our assistant who will assist you during the whole tour and the journey to the Libyan / Tunisian border. Passing through customs. Arrival at Tripoli in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 2: Tripoli - Gadames (670 Km)After breakfast, departure...

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  • Benghazi - (The land of five...

    Benghazi - (The land of five cities)Benghazi a Libyan eastern city is the latest of a whole series of cities from which Cvrenaicans, at different periods, have been governed by diverse rulers. The First Cyrenaican capital was Cyrene itself, situated in the fertile and Well-Watered Jabbal el-Akhdar (Green Mountain). But in A.D. 297 Roman Emperor...

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  • Libya is located on the...

    Libya is located on the northern cost of Africa. Located on the Medetrenean sea. I actualy have very little to say about (maybe if my father or mother was with me now, i would have been able to eritw more).In libya, and according to the political situation, you will find very educated people. The sort of Victorean education. It is the governement...

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  • Take your time when talking to...

    Take your time when talking to people, don't rush it. Be a good listener, easy going. Don't get into talking politics unless you're who you're talking to. Don't get intimidated, they probably don't mean it. A small tip in a restraunt is ok. Tax fares are negotiable, and buying things in the souks.

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  • If you are familiar with...

    If you are familiar with arabic and islamic culture you will get well with libyan habits.The spoken language is Arabic with some italian and english .Religion is Islam !! don’t think of exceptions!!! Even though there are some churches in Tripoli and Benghazi for forigen christians.The week starts on Saturday,,Friday is the weekend during which...

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Libya Hotels

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  • Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel

    When our KLM flight was cancelled on 21 Feb 2011 we were put in the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel, and...

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  • Awal Hotel

    Meseera El Kubra Street, Off Omar El Mokhtar Street, Tripoli, 10000, Libya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Tripoli

    Al Fatah Street - The Corniche, Tripoli, Libya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Attawfeek Hotel

    Aldhra qes ben sada Street, behind Jahomrya Bank, Tripoli, Libya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Al Waddan Hotel

    Dahra, Tripoli, 2309, Libya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Thobacts Hotel

    424 Omar Al Mokhtar Street, Tripoli, Libya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Four Seasons Hotel

    Omar El Mokhtar Street, Tripoli, Libya

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Four Seasons 2

    The Four Seasons Hotel opened in 2006. I guess you'd call it a boutique hotel. It is small, but the...

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  • Four Points by Sheraton Tripoli

    Hi Elandalous, Tripoli, Libya

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

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