Is Going to Libya an Option?

Lybia Tourism

If you were asked to list some of the most unlikely tourist destinations in the world then there is a fair chance that Libya would feature on there, isn’t there? After all, whenever we see this country on the news it is because of some sort of trouble, which is enough to put most people off the idea of a place as a tourist destination.

However, now that the political situation in the country seems to be settling down it is worth considering whether Libya is a country worth visiting anyway. The truth is that you might be surprised at just how many fantastic sites it has.

Tripoli

tripoliThis is the city you are likely to spend most time in if you ever visit Libya, and you might be surprised by how cosmopolitan it is. The government is keen to increase the number of hotel rooms available in the city, in the hope that many more foreign tourist go there to enjoy a city which is known as the White Bride of the Mediterranean. The city has been conquered by different countries in the past, and this goes a long away to explaining the unusual mixture of styles in the architecture.   Jamahiriya Museum features an impressively comprehensive collection of objects from throughout Libya’s history, while the medina is where you will want to go to get some shopping done and to try and find the heartbeat of Tripoli. When you stay in Tripoli you are also within easy travelling distance of some lovely beaches.

Leptis Magna

leptisOnce you start finding out about Libya you discover that it is full of interesting facts. For example, the Roman city of Leptis Magna was one of the biggest and most important cities in Africa and, indeed, in all of the Roman Empire. This was largely due to the fact that the first African born Roman emperor (Septimio Severo) was born here. Today, the ruins remain hugely impressive and are classed as being amongst the finest surviving Roman structures outside of Rome itself. The theatre, the Mercado and the forum remain stunning pieces of architecture to look at and the relative scarcity of tourists here makes for a completely different tourist experience to that which you can get in other Roman sites. Leptis Magna lies about 80 miles to the East of Tripoli, while other important Roman ruins are found on the other side of the capital, in the town of Sabratha.

Cyrene

For a Greek settlement to be named the Athens of Africa you know that it must have been pretty special. Cyrene lies on the East coast, towards the border with Egypt. This was a hugely important city for the Greeks and Roman era objects have also been found here. Along with Leptis Magna and Sabratha, Cyrene goes to make up 3 of the country’s 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The Food

Of course, anywhere you travel to, you will be keen to try the local food. Libya has a reputation for having a fantastic cuisine, which is healthy as well as tasty. Olive oil is used to cook just about everything and dates, olives, grains and milk are present in many of the country’s typical dishes. Libya is rich in fruit and vegetables, so you will come across apricots, oranges, figs and such like all the time. The local bread comes in a variety of different types and can come as a very pleasant surprise to anyone who is trying it for the first time. Finally, tea is a popular drink here and is usually a thick liquid which is served in a small cup.

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2 Responses to Is Going to Libya an Option?

  1. Linda Bibb says:

    The idea of traveling along the northern border of Africa between Egypt and Morocco has always intrigued me. Both Libya and Tunisia are underrated as tourist destinations. Thanks for this post, it’s encouraging.
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    • Adam | Travel Ideaz says:

      It does look intriguing doesn’t it Linda. It’s such a shame when an interesting place steeped in history gets a reputation for all the wrong reasons.

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