Libya Off The Beaten Path

  • Modern bridge over the deep Wadi Kuf
    Modern bridge over the deep Wadi Kuf
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Libya Off The Beaten Path

  • Coastal sand dunes

    17km west of Misrata are what, according to Anthony Ham in the Lonely Planet guide, are "some of the largest coastal sand dunes in the world". In 2007 they didn't look that big. I am told that much of the sand has been used for building materials and that many dunes have been levelled to make way for farmland. There is now only one really big sand...

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  • Libyan wildlife

    After days in the desert, all we had seen of Libya's wildlfe was a lizard on a rock, a few birds and myriad footprints in the sand around the lakes of the Ubari Sand Sea and our campsite in the desert. Our Tuareg guide pointed out jerboa and gerbil prints, as well as fennec, desert hare, centipede, millipede, scorpion, snake, skink and lizard...

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  • Libya guide

    I visited Libya last year on a business visa for a trade show and all this talk about not being able to go anywhere without a guide is nonsense.One morning I walked out in front of my hotel and started stopping taxis to see who wanted to take me and co-worker to Leptis Magana, after 20 minutes we found a good price and used the same driver another...

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  • Visit the desert

    More than 90% of Libya is a desert landscape. But i can assure you that this desert is beautifulFour days 4x4wheel traveling in pure nature with his own rules, habits and regulations. Setting up your own hotel room (tent), views through natural windows of rocks, looking for flora in oases - just name it, it is an experience without business...

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  • Visit the desert - enjoy the flora

    Since Libya opened the frontiers for tourism, and in the very near future for mass tourism -"off the beathen paths" will become "local customs tips" Not only sand and beautiful sunsets, but also some remarkable oases and it's typical plants and fruits will become the recommanded highlights

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  • Villa Sileen

    Whoever the Roman gentleman was who built Villa Sileen, he - and his family - knew all about gracious living. It's hard to imagine a more idyllic spot., right by the sea about 25 km from Leptis Magna. This was a very rich man's house - relatively modest in size but adorned with exquisite frescoes ( delicately painted white herons on warm red walls...

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  • Qasr Libya - Museum

    The Qasr Libya Museum houses the superb collection of mosaics taken from the floor of the nearby, Byzantine, Eastern Church. These mosaics, laid between 529 and 540 AD, were discovered by Libyan dam workers in 1957. 50 mosaic panels, each measuring half a metre square, are displayed in groups of five on the walls, with informative labels in both...

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 49

    A boat with two persons, the one holding an oar and the other outstretching his hands towards the Pharos in a manner indicating invocation and faith

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 48

    A Pharos, the Lighthouse of Alexandria with the Statue of Helios. This is a rare picture of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 32

    A Turreted Castle with a Single Door. This gives some idea of what the Byzantine fort which preceded Qasr Libya's Turkish Fort may have looked like.

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 23

    Inscription Recording that the Mosaic was Laid in the Third Year of an Indiction by Bishop Makarios, i.e. 539 AD

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 11

    Stag Devouring a Serpent. Not something I'd have thought was possible, but presumably it's symbolic.

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 4

    Ktisis, Foundation, a Female Figure holding a Wreath and Scroll, perhaps the City's New Charter.

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  • Qasr Libya - Mosaic 1

    Dear and Fruit Tree. It was located in the top left-hand corner of the church floor, in the first of the five columns and ten rows of pictures.

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  • Qasr Libya - Western Church

    Qasr Libya's Western Church is opposite the entrance to the museum. It is far better preserved than the Eastern Church and the mosaic floors have been left largely int situ.

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  • Qasr Libya - Eastern Church

    The Eastern Church is the one that the fifty famous mosaics were removed from. You can see the floor and the mosaic borders left behind. There is also a side chapel with a section of mosaic floor, depicting birds, rabbits and fruit, still in place. The church and mosaics date back to 529-40 AD during the reign of Emperor Justinian I. The church is...

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  • Qasr Libya - Turkish Fort

    The Turkish Fort stands on a hilltop, outside the small town of Qasr Libya, 45 km west of Al Bayda. It satnds on the site of an earlier Byzantine fort and houses the museum with the famous mosaic collection.

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  • Ras al-Ghoul

    This ruined fort, standing eerily isolated on a rocky hilltop in the middle of the desert, reperesents the last outpost of the Roman Empire. To the south of it, beyond the Sahara, were the unknown lands of sub-Saharan Africa from which emerged caravan trains bearing slaves, elephant tusks and caged animals destined to die in Roman arenas. The climb...

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  • Cyrene

    Going to Libya is off the beaten path. And that's Tripoli, the capital. Going to #2 city, Benghazi is really off the beaten path. And going to the Greek ruins at Cyrene, about 100 miles east from Benghazi is very off the beaten path. But worth it. The area, known as the Green Mountains, is really beautiful. They aren't high mountains really, just...

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  • Jalu, the place of the total solar...

    Why to visit the area of Jalu deep in the desert at an about 6 hours ride from Benghazi ? It's a total flat area with almost nothing to see. At the 29th march in 2006 we went there and we were not alone. The heartline of the total solar eclipse was about 80 km south of Jalu and thousands of people came here to watch. We arrived in Jalu in the late...

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  • Nalut - hilltop Berber town

    Nalut is well worth some time spent exploring. As well as the fascinating structure of the qasr (fortified granary) you'll find many almost intact houses in the tumble of the village that surrounds it on the hillside below. Olive presses , still with the residue of old pressings in them, that were in use until quite recent times tell of a...

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  • Oasis village

    Jouneen, near Ghadames, is just a small village, the old centre now deserted as the people have left their traditional houses for more modern comforts. It's considerably more ruinous that Ghadames, though there is now quite a bit of restoration going on and, no doubt one day it will be possible to walk the old streets again. The village well is the...

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  • Give it a try

    Well... I didn't. though they all look so cool, smoking and chatting and relaxing together at a small square in the medina

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  • Wadi Kouf

    This is where the resistance fighter Mukhdar held out in caves, ready to fight for his country against the Italians. Some of the caves can still be seen in the hillsides

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  • Tolmisa

    Also known as Tormisa and Tarmeisa, this ancient and abandoned stone village is perched on a spectacular and narrow rocky outcrop overlooking the Sahel al-Jefara.There was once a draw bridge guarding the entrance to the town over a narrow 'isthmus' in the rock. The town was effective sealed off between the hours of 18.00 and 06.00, when the...

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  • Great Manmade River Project

    Exploration for oil in the desert uncovered huge underground water sources which are being accessed by this immense engineering scheme, allowing great patches of land to be reclaimed from the desert. It is believed that the water will last for several hundred years. There are no natural rivers in Libya and drinking water has long been a worry for...

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  • Susa (Apollonia)The town...

    Susa (Apollonia) The town of Susa is situated on the coast, about 20km from Shahat. The nearby ruins of Cyrene's harbour, Apollonia, make this an interesting site for the visitor. Founded at the same time as Cyrene, the port was named after the city's chief god, and grew in importance during the second and third centuries AD. Today, much of the...

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  • Try Gargaresh Road in Tripoli...

    Try Gargaresh Road in Tripoli (10 minutes by taxi from city centre). Its more interesting than the centre of Tripoli - shops, restaurants, people watching. If you're lucky enough to be travelling by road out of the main towns in early springtime you may see the desert in bloom; a carpet of green intersperced with small colourful flowers - truly...

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  • Zletin - a town not visited...

    Zletin - a town not visited much by Western tourists though a pilgrimage centre for others. It contains the wonderful Mosque of Sidi Abdal Salaam, with good tiling and attractive exterior. The mosque is a ver flourishing centre of learning.

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  • Visit the Villa Silin near the...

    Visit the Villa Silin near the town of Zletin. There are wonderful mosaics on display in the villa, obviously the home of a very rich man. Even the garden has mosaics surrounding the flower beds. Others show pigmies and animals in a mutual hunt. The variety and wealth of the mosaics, the location of the ouse next to a wonderfully sandy beach, makes...

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  • Farwa Island was very nice....

    Farwa Island was very nice. It's close to the border with Tunesia, and you need to hire a boat to get there. The Roman Villa Salin is defintely a must although an Italian archeology team was working there, and it took some persuasion to let us see it. Unique fresco's and mosaiques.The mosaic show here was at the Qasr Lybia, as we were not allowed...

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  • The road from Derna to Shahat...

    The road from Derna to Shahat (had been known as Darnis and cyrene during the ancient greek occupation.This road is only 40 k.m long.Try driving your car along it to see differnt amazing sights and enjoy watching how the mountain hug the sea.You shouldn,t forget it....realy.It's 220 k.m far from Benghazi to the east.

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  • It´s a far way south, but the...

    It´s a far way south, but the Akakus mountains near the algerian border are certainly worth the way. Apart from the gorgeous landscape you can find prehistoric rock carvings. Access to the area is forbidden without a local guide - you can normally find somebody in nearby Ghat. Ghat is also a good place if you are interested in Tuareg blacksmith...

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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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