Major Tourist Attractions: Tadrat Acacus, Red Castle Museum, Gurgi Mosque, Tripoli Zoo
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, or Libya as it’s more commonly known, has played a key role in the Arab world for thousands of years. The Romans ruled the area from around 146 BC to around 670 AD during which time the Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha rose to prominence.
These cities are still the star attractions for visitors to Libya. The two sites retain some of the most significant Roman remains as anywhere in the world. Both cities were abandoned in around the 7th century AD but they’ve been remarkably well preserved throughout the years, and throughout many wars they remain particularly impressive examples of Roman architecture.
Although restricted by their isolation and the recent civil war, Libyans are friendly people and will show great hospitality to their guests. The vast country has much for the visitor to see and experience:
- Visualize life as it was in Roman times with a visit to Leptis Magna. Wander through the market spaces, the Forums and the bathing areas and visualize what it would have been like for the people who lived here back in the day.
- Gaze out at the Mediterranean sea from the Sabratha bathing houses.
- Eat seafood at one of the restaurants in the old souk in Tripoli. Stuffed calamari and fish curry are specialties.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ghadames, an oasis town about 450km from Tripoli. The site has been populated since Roman times and was an important location for the Trans-Saharan trade until the 19th century. The architecture in Ghadames is famed for the ability to maintain cool temperatures during the harsh summer whilst also keeping in the warmth during the cold winter. Until recent times the town survived on tourism and farms that operate within the walled city. The Berbers who still live here have made Ghadames a popular attraction by offering restaurants, coffee shops and souvenir stalls to entice the intrepid traveler.
- Take an overnight trip into the Sahara to see an endless blanket of stars at night.
- Visit the rock formations in the desert of Acacus. This desolate landscape, with no real roads to speak of, is home to incredible rock formations that have been shaped over thousands of years.
Address: United States Embassy
Sidi Slim Area/ Walie Al-Ahed Road, Tripoli, Libya