Libya Travel Guide

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    rock art from the Akakus
    by sachara
  • Tripoli
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Libya Highlights

  • Pro
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    le_routard says…

     the landscape, history, people, food, culture, weather, and its comparitive lack of tourism 

  • Con
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    grets says…

     Colder than anticipated with a bitter wind and sand storm 

  • In a nutshell
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    Luchonda says…

     The first "pure Arabic country" i visited. A challenge and adventure 

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Tripoli

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276,881,18

Benghazi

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68,327,0

Leptis Magna

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76,223,0

Shahhat

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47,115,0

Al Jabal al Akhdar

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11,28,0

Jibal Akakus

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27,138,0

Susah

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19,49,0

Gharyan

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2,14,0

Qasr Libiya

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5,54,0

Qasr al Hajj

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15,58,0

Ghadamis

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7,34,0

Ghat

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2,16,0

Athar Tulmaythah

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21,48,0

Az Zintan

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0,8,0

Al `Uwaynat

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1,6,0

Al Bayda'

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5,6,0

Tripoli

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  • Don't miss tiramisu

    Tripoli Restaurants

    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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  • Awal Hotel

    Tripoli Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Walking with Romans

    Tripoli Things to Do

    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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Benghazi

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  • From and to Tripoli by plane

    Benghazi Transportation

    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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  • Smoking a nargileh

    Benghazi Local Customs

    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...

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  • Buying souvenirs

    Benghazi Shopping

    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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Leptis Magna

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  • Cardo Maximus

    Leptis Magna Things to Do

    The Cardo Maximus is the main north-south highway through Leptis Magna. It connected the coast to the interior villas and farms, which supplied the grain, olive oil and wine to the city and for export to Rome. Along it now you find the main entrance gate to the site, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Arch of Trajan, the Arch of Tiberius, the...

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  • Severan Basilica

    Leptis Magna Things to Do

    The Severan Basilica is 92 metres long, and 40 metres wide. It was built as a judicial basilica, and it has two apses at either end.It was converted into a church by the command of Byzantine emperor, Justinian 1.(6th century)First impression entering the basilica : a mess of stones and pillars. But the local guide explainded a lot of things and...

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  • Nymfaeum

    Leptis Magna Things to Do

    A nymfaeum was a Roman temple consecrated to water nymphs, and added during the reign of Septimius Severus. It once had a superb facade of red granite, and niches filled with marble statues, but most of it was destroyed by a flood.This one stands near to the Wadi Lebda and, like most nymfaeum, originally built around a natural spring.Next to the...

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Shahhat

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  • Museum - Statue of Apollo

    Shahhat Things to Do

    Apollo, the Sun god, brings life-giving heat and light to Earth. He was patron god of musicians and poets, and was associated with law, philosophy, and the arts. He is considered the ideal of manly beauty, so that a very handsome man might be called an “Apollo”. Despite his magnificent beauty, he was not very lucky when it came to love.He was a...

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  • Museum - Statue of Nike

    Shahhat Things to Do

    Nike was the Goddess of Victory and was usually pictured with wings. She was a very popular goddess in time of war. This did not mean that Nike's prowess were confined to military exploits, quite the opposite, she was equally famous for her vistory in many areas of ancient Greek life, including athletics and other contests. According to the poet...

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  • Necropolis

    Shahhat Things to Do

    Next to the "Baths of Paris/Artemis, but at the opposite site of the holy road you will see a lot of tombs, say "Necropolis" situated on a hillside overlooking the city. The necropolis dates back to the 6th century BC when it was used by the Greeks, the Romans and Byzantines.Even after leaving the site, in the area, you will meet a lot such...

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Al Jabal al Akhdar

  • Ptolemais

    Al Jabal al Akhdar Things to Do

    Buildings of interest in Ptolemais include the small but excellent Museum, the Western Basilica, the Columned Palace, the Theatre and the underground Cisterns.

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  • Cyrene - the local museum

    Al Jabal al Akhdar Things to Do

    Visiting this museum is a must. Many Greek (right side) and Roman (left side) statues and mosaics are shown here in a professional but private atmosphere - the guide is top an speaks fluent english.

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  • Apollonia

    Al Jabal al Akhdar Things to Do

    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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Jibal Akakus

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  • Exploring the Akakus

    Jibal Akakus Transportation

    Whilst camel treks and trailbike safaris (photos 4,5) are two of the options on offer for getting around the Akakus, most people will spend their time here in a 4x4. Toyotas are favourite choice of the Tuareg drivers who operate in the area - Land Cruisers for the client and pickups for the gear. Some of the time you'll be driving on a hard piste...

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  • It's not exactly easy! Part 2 - Permits,...

    Jibal Akakus Transportation

    PermitsA permit is essential for any tourist vehicle wishing to travel within the Jebel Akakus. These permits are only issued to a minimum of two vehicles. Independent convoys are required to be accompanied by an official guide. Your Libyan travel agent will arrange this for you.When to goExtreme summer heat and bitterly cold winter nights mean the...

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  • Libya's lost kingdom

    Jibal Akakus Things to Do

    The road from Sebah to Ghat (the main access route to the Jebel Akakus) passes through a string of small towns, the largest of which is Germa. Apart from being the biggest of the towns in the Wadi al-Hayat, the town, as it appears from the road, doesn't seem to be any more than yet another sleepy outpost with perhaps a few more amenities than the...

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Susah

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  • Apollonia - east side

    Susah Things to Do

    After a pleasant and interesting 1km walk you will arrive at the eastern docks of Apollonia, and the former theater. Looking over the cliff you can see perfectly circular holes, cut in the rock at the seaside, where greek ships were waiting to load olives.A little bit further : the theater, located outside the city, but ruined litteraly by a flood...

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  • Apollonia - city of churches

    Susah Things to Do

    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.

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  • Paddling in the sea.

    Susah Tourist Traps

    I think it must be an English thing, this urge to take your shoes off and paddle in the sea at every available opportunity. The weather was freezing, so the water in the sea must have been even colder, but it didn't seem to put Lindsey off. Oh well.

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Gharyan

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    by Luchonda Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Gharian, a village on my way from Tripoli to Ghadames. A village of pottery and underground houses.
    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 sloping tunnel descends to an open courtyard in a 8 to 10 meter deep pit. Rooms are then excavated radially out from this courtyard. ( All depending on the family ) Its form provides natural air-conditioning, both in summer and in winter.

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Qasr Libiya

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  • The local museum

    Qasr Libiya Things to Do

    To see the most famous mosaics - visit this place.Fifty 0.5 sq meter mosaic panels, once located at the eastern church floor are now showed in this little museum. Different themes, symbols, portraits and animals. All panels are numbered. The most famous one is n°48 - the legendary Pharos lighthouse.PS My pictures

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  • More mosaics in the museum

    Qasr Libiya Things to Do

    Site of a Byzantine fort and church (6th century AD). A floor of stunning mosaic panels discovered in 1957, the majority of which are now housed in the on-site museum.The collection of mosaics is considered one of the world's finest depicting human and animal figures. One panel depicts the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the...

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  • Museum

    Qasr Libiya Things to Do

    In order to not bore the reader to death with pictures of mosaics in the tips, I have places the vast majority of photographs in the travelogues below. If you are interested in archaeology, history, art or mosaics, I suggest you take a look. They really are magnificent.

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Qasr al Hajj

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  • Visit the granaries

    Qasr al Hajj Things to Do

    Berber culture, so interesting how they survived and struggled for live, how they protected themselves against the many invaders

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  • Tolmisa

    Qasr al Hajj Off The Beaten Path

    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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  • Scenery

    Qasr al Hajj Off The Beaten Path

    Barren and stark, desert scenery is nevertheless beautiful. We travelled high into mountainous area, where deep wadis and valleys punctuate the landscape.

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Ghadamis

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  • Strolling around in the old part

    Ghadamis Things to Do

    Ghadames is Libya's unmissable ancient city, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The original, labyrinthine medina is surrounded by the modern town which has grown around it.Also spelled Ghudamis, Ghadames or Gadames, an oasis, northwestern Libya, near the Tunisian and Algerian borders. It lies at the bottom of a wadi (seasonal river)...

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  • Date harvest festival

    Ghadamis Local Customs

    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 clothes.

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  • Visit a local restaurant in the old...

    Ghadamis Restaurants

    To visit this restaurant in Ghadames, the old village is an experienceTraditional colors and furniture - a lot of potery and metal cans ( for the absorption/reflection of light)Two or three floors high. The kitchen itself is on the roof. Guess what : traditional Libyan foodBread a volonté - Libyan soup - Salad - Couscous with chicken, lamb, water...

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Ghat

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    by sachara Written Jan 24, 2010

    We came to Ghat after a 4 days desert crossings from Ghadames along the Algerian border. From Ghat we headed south to visit the spectacular Acacus area. From the Acacus we another route to El Uwainat

    We made the trip with three 4WDs and one pick-up of a touragency, based in Ghadames. The four local drivers were very experienced to find their way in the desert and to drive their cars under difficult circumstances. We had hardly any mechanical problems en route except with one car. We had to push this car every time after we made a stop, so the nigth before the driver drove it at a slope if availiable.

    We brought enough fuel and water. The drivers used the pickup for the water tanks, but also to transport the fire wood they pick up along the pistes.

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Athar Tulmaythah

  • On site restaurant

    Athar Tulmaythah Restaurants

    We ordered our food when we went inot the site, to ensure that it was all ready for us on our return to the restuarant.You can see the meat being cooked over long thin barbeques outside. There was a set menu consisting of Libyan soup followed by chicken and coucous and oranges for dessert.If you don't like cats, you'd hate this place, as the...

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  • Museum - Columns

    Athar Tulmaythah Things to Do

    These Corinthian columnds were found in the private palace on the arcaeological site. At the top you should be able to make out the head of Zeus.

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  • Museum - mosaics

    Athar Tulmaythah Things to Do

    Another delicate piece of mosaic found in the museum, this byzantine work of art dates from the 4th century and is known as The Four Corners.

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