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Libya Things to Do

  • Early 20th century Tripoli

    Just southeast of the Martyrs Square you walk into Tripoli of the 20th century with an strong Italian touch. The white buildings, arcades, huge arches with open air cafés, green parks and squares have a totally other atmosphere than the old madina at the other side of the Green Square.The Grand Mosque at the Maydan al Jaza'ir was once the city's...

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  • Hidden away

    50 years ago, workmen digging in a field on the slopes of the Jebel al Akhdar made a discovery which set the archaeological world abuzz. Two Byzantine churches in close proximity was a major discovery in itself, but, even better, further excavation revealed a fabulous mosaic pavement set with 50 panels depicting subjects that ranged from...

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  • The Greek Pentapolis

    The eastern region of Libya, known as Cyrenaica, lies directly south of Greece and it was from north to south that the first colonisers from Europe ventured sometime in the 7th C BC.The evidence of their success as settlers lies in the ruins of the cities they left behind. Barce, Tocra, Ptolemais, Apollonia and, grandest of all, Cyrene, were their...

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  • Scratching the surface

    Ptolemais (modern Tolmeita), some 37km east of Tocra is a much bigger site and it's here you begin to get some idea of how rich and important the cities of Libya's Greek colonies were. Founded sometime in the 7th century BC, Ptolemais was the port for Barce, and although all traces of Barce have entirely disappeared, there is enough evidence from...

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  • Where to go?

    Planning where you want to go and what you want to see is essential if you are taking any sort of tailor-made tour in Libya. You don't have to concern yourself with this if you're booking a set tour , the itinerary will be laid out clearly and you go where they go. If you want any sort of individual tour however you must make sure everywhere you...

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  • Looking east

    Anyone who thinks of Libya only in terms of endless desert and the smattering of Roman ruins - albeit very important ones - on its north-western shores is in for a huge surprise should they venture into the mountain regions behind the eastern city of Benghazi. This is the Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountains, a world of lush meadows and thickly...

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  • A tale of two cities

    Smallest and least impressive of the remaing Greek cities of the Pentapolis, Tocra,founded in 510 BC, was established to serve as a port for Cyrene, the great inland city further to the east. Romans and Byzantines continued the expansion of the city into the 5th and 6th centuries AD but the local soft sandstone that was used as a the main building...

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  • Al Bayda

    Al Bayda is a small, deeply religious town, 180km east of Benghazi. It has possibly the most attractive location of any of Libya's cities, in the foothills of the Jebel Akhdar range, just 32km inland from the Mediterranean. It is also renowned for its pleasant, mild climate, and temperate fruits such as apples and pears are grown in the area.In the...

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  • Heroes

    The first half of the 20th century saw great deeds of heroism and fortitude played out in the defence of freedom in the deep wadis and desert wastes of eastern Libya, first by local warriors who took on the invading Italians and then the should-have-been-defeated Allies who turned rout into victory as they held out against the numerically far...

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  • Cyrene - Temple of Zeus

    The Temple of Zeus, built in the 5th century BC, is Cyrene's crowning glory. With its massive sandstome columns, it was one of the most impressive temples in the Ancient Greek world, even bigger than the Parthenon in Athens. On the main altar, where animal sacrifices were offered, there was a seated statue of Zeus. The temple was rebuilt by the...

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  • Leptis Magna - further afield

    The site at Leptis Magna is huge and a short visit will only give you time to make your way through the "city centre" where, as in any modern city you will find the great public buildings - in the case of Roman cities of antiquity - the baths, Senate, market, temples, theatre and such. Here at Leptis they have been beautifully restored and inspire...

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  • Qasr al-Haj

    Qasr al-Haj is a fortified Berber granary, originally built more than 800 years ago. It is a stunning three-storey, adobe structure, used to protect local familes' food supply from raiders.

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  • Cyrene

    Cyrene was founded, in 631 BC, by settlers from the island of Thera (Santorini) in Greece. Named after a spring, Kyre, which the Greeks consecrated to Apollo, the city was the seat of Cyrenaics, a famous school of philosophy in the 3rd century BC, founded by Aristippus, a disciple of Socrates. The spectacular ruins include the Temple of Zeus and...

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  • Nalut

    Nalut is another small town in the Nafusa mountains, with a fortified, Berber granary. This one is largely in ruins, but very atmospheric.

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  • Apollonia

    Apollonia was the port for Cyrene. In the Byzantine period it became an important religious centre. The highlights are its Christian basilicas, with their cipolin columns, the Ducal Palace, Roman Baths and Greek Theatre.The ruins are in a very exposed location on the windswept coast of the Mediterranean, so be prepared for strong winds and...

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  • Diving

    Hi, I am an expat working in Libya and although just a beginner diver still a diver. I did my first dive for this summer with Arebi Diving Center and I recommend them. You can check their web site www.diveinlibya.com to get a better idea, or contact them on tel:+218913201089.RgrdsRH

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  • Stunningly beautiful

    I doubt that anything can prepare you for your first sight of one of Libya's famed Dawada Lakes, set like beautiful jewels in the stark dunes of the Idehan Ubari - the Ubari Sand Sea. To come over the crest of a dune and see these pristine waters, reflecting their rim of palms and reeds, the surrounding dunes and the sky in absolute mirror...

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  • The Valley of Life

    To look at this photo here, taken hundreds of kilometres into the Libyan Sahara,in the foreground the barren dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea and behind them the rocky heights of the Messak Settafet - the Tuareg's Black Plateau - you would never guess that lying between them is a fertile river valley. This is the Wadi al Hayat - the Valley of Life...

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  • Desert City

    If you are heading into the Sahara as part of your Libyan journey, there's a good chance you'll pass through Sebha at some stage. Situated some 800km from Tripoli, currently the city has the only functioning commercial airport in the Fezzan, Libya's south-western Saharan province, and most organized tours to the desert region of the Jebel Akakus...

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  • Ghadames - Pearl of the desert

    The oasis has a population of 7000 Tuareg Berbers. The old part of the town, which is surrounded by a wall, has been declared World Heritage of the UNESCO. Each of the seven clans that used to live in this part of the town had its own district, of which each had a public place where festivals could be held. In the 1970s, the government built new...

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  • Sabratha - the Mausoleum

    The Punic Mausoleum. The overall form of the mausoleum is that of a tower (or "needle") tomb, between 23 and 24 meters in height. Two storeys high of which the principle facade is faced east and showing a relief of the God Bes (the tamer of lions).

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  • Ptolemais and the Cistern

    Ptolemais has not yet been fully excavated because the site is very extensive. A polish University started the excavations about six years ago. When it will be finished... who knows !I visited the remains of the Basilica and the Amphitheater as well as the Museum, the Cisterns ( water reservoirs ) and the Triumphal Arch.

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  • The Berber tradition - living on the...

    The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt and tend to be concentrated in the mountain and desert regions of those countries. Smaller numbers of Berbers lived in the northern portions of Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. Living on the edge, literally, to defend themselve and save their belongings against...

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  • Great man made river

    Colonel Moammar Qadhafi has ruled The Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) since 1969, and has created a system of government whereby the "state of the masses" govern through direct representation through a large number of People's Committees and Congresses.One of his most famous dreams is the river project, serving water to the...

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  • The daughters of Zeus

    This marble sculpture of the three mythical daughters of Zeus, personifying grace, beauty and charm, dates back to the third century BC.Goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. They ordinarily numbered three, from youngest to oldest: Aglaea ("Beauty"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). In Roman mythology...

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  • Ghadames - traditional houses inside

    A thing to do is strolling around in the narrow streets of Ghadames. But if you have the chance, visit a traditional house inside. Respect the islam tradition, so take your shoes off, but enjoy the furniture, the colors and the hospitality of the inhabitants. They will offer without doubt a mint tea.Picture 1 : Entrance, look at the door, made of...

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  • The Sahara in Libya

    Untouched by tourists for many years, Libya has a lot to offer and opens new frontieres.It boosts some of the most beautiful and unspoiled desert areas of the Sahara, rugged mountains and some magnificent cities and prehistoric sites.If you are looking for a real wilderness experience then consider the Wild Sahara trip. Here there will be several...

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  • The Sahara/Sahel

    For many years Libya has been almost completely untouched by tourists. Actually the country receives about 100.000 tourist per year- to be extented in 2015 by more than a million tourists All started about 5 years ago (The UN embargo was finished, the Colonel and leader himself looked at the west instead of the east and south. It boosts some of the...

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  • The Berber tradition - part 2

    I pictured a lot of berber women clothings/jewellary in different musea in LibyaMaybe the first picture shows a female slave (blond and beautiful), captured by one or another Osman ruler

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  • Two remarkable berberian cities

    Jebel Nafusa, western Libya, a treasure of Berberian traditions.- Qasr al Hajj : The way from Tripoli to Ghadames, by bus, is long (500km), but believe me you will be able to visit some intermediate places, my first contact with the Berberian traditions was Quasr Al-Hajj. One of a topic, next to Ghadames of course.This village is home to Libya's...

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  • Apollonia - Susah

    While the ancient Greek port of Apollonia has had much of its structures disappear from landslides, like the great earthquake of 365, it remains a very attractive place, although not that impressive as Leptis Magna, Sabratha and Cyrene itself.Most of what remains today dates from the Byzantine era (5th/6th century AD) when the city was known as...

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  • Apollonia - city of churches

    Apollonia was the harbour for Cyrene and counts 5 churches, therefore named the city of churches. The western church is located next to the entrance and gives an overview on the former defending wall, and the entrance of the harbour. You will need a little bit of imagination whenever visiting the rich archeologic sites, dating from the Roman/Greek...

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  • Cyrene site - NW area

    The Apollo sanctuary is the last important part you can visit leaving the Cyrene sightEnjoy history :- The Apollo Sanctuary or the well itself (mystic history but so important for local customs)- The Baths of Paris (Greek, Roman or Byzantian caves/baths)- The Necropolis (spreaded all around in and outside the site)- The Theater (minor attractive)

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  • Ptolemais

    Ptolemais was in fact the first site i visited in Libya after a flight from Tripoli to Benghazi and than by bus to Ptolemais. My first impression - there is nothing to see but a museum.Covered with sand, the town's ruins survived in a relatively good shape to our times. West of the city stands a conspicuous and tower-like Hellenistic mausoleum, and...

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  • The Berber tradition - western Libya

    Jebel Nafusa, the heartland of the Berber people who claim descendancy from the original inhabitants of Libya and maintain a strong cultural identity in this rugged part of the country. Remains of ancient Berber architecture dot the landscape (granaries and city-architecture), reflecting a lifestyle that was prevalent until only a couple of decades...

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  • The national museum in Tripoli

    A must to visit - take at least about three hours, take a good guide and enjoy archeologic highlights, definately the best in northern Africa, maybe in the world. Libyan gouvernment decided to gather (1988) all impressive statues and mosaics from the Tripolitanian and Cyrenian sites in one museum at Tripoli. Many other fantastic museums cherish...

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  • The spanish castle in Tripoli

    The castle, no longer used for defense purposes was renovated and opened in 1988 as the "Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Museum", housing cultural artifacts from all periods in Libya's history. A must to see. Visit at least the first and second floor to get an impression of Libyan history.It is located near the green square, the entrance to the national...

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  • Leptis Magna

    Without doubt the best preserved and most extensive ancient Roman city in the world. Originally a Phoenician settlement probably founded in the 6th century BC under the aegis of Carthage, Leptis Magna became a great metropolis under the Romans, particularly during the reign of Septimus Severus (193-211 AD),

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  • Leptis Magna

    Leptis can be reached in about one and a half hours from Tripoli and guides are hired at the gates. Two hours provides a reasonable amount of time to get a feel of the city. More is better! There is also a museum worth visiting at Leptis, if this is included in your trip allow a full day for the excursion.Interesting sights : - The renovated arch...

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  • Benghazi

    "Benghazi is one of Libya's major economic centres. It is the country's second city and prinicipal city of Eastern Libya. Benghazi is also a bustling port and commercial centre."My personal opinion, it needs fast a global renovation plan, because, sorry, it is not an attractive city to be visited (see pic 3). I hope it will change during the next...

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  • Ghadames - the Yunis mosque

    The Yunis mosque, built in 1422, main mosque of the Bani Wazid part of the village. This simple mosque makes use of Roman pillars . Next to this mosque you will find the main square, or the place where the unique water distribution of Ghadames will be shown. (Al-kadus)

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  • Sabratha

    The most spectacular site in Sabratha is the Theater, without doubt. Built during the reign of the Emperor Commodus (161-192 AD). It is a three-storey wall of columns making it possible to reflect the sound perfectly, without using high tec techniques. Make shure you will be at this Roman ancient spot when the light is still perfect for shooting...

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  • The museum in Tripoli

    The museum in Tripoli is a must to visit, showing the treasures and history of Libya from the past till now. From Roman, Greek culture till the revolution in 1969.If your time is limited, visit only the ground floor, undoubtely the most impressive of the 5 levels.

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  • Medina in Tripoli

    I visited in the meanwhile (my age-lol) some soukhs/medina's in Northern Africa. Untill now the medina in Fez (Morrocco) impressed me the most. The Tripoli one is recommended too, but needs as fast as possible some renovations. And they will be realised asap, because since the stop of the UN embargo, Tripoli became a so called "booming" city. I...

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  • Gharian - the troglodytes and Qasr al...

    Always welcome for a tea ceremony - and i enjoyed the ceremony (pic1/2/5)In the past the inhabitants of the region lived in troglodyte dwellings, some of which can still be seen and visited today. These traditional houses are not caves, but rooms that have been excavated from the compact red clay-rich soils. A palmtree wooden door at ground level...

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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

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