Travel to Libya, one of the largest countries in Africa, situated in the north of the continent, at the hem of the Mediterranean sea. Although most of the country is stretched out on the expanses of the Sahara desert, Libya is lined with seamless coastlines to unspoilt beaches and stunning, palm-fringed lakes to ensure that your cup of adventure never runs dry. Being so close to Europe, it is considered a ‘gate to Africa’ with its moderate climate in comparison to the harsh climate found in Europe. It is a fact that Libya has changed its flag quite a few times. But what will never change is the outstanding beauty of the land we all know as Libya.

When it comes to landscape, the hilly plateaus covered in a sea of sand are Libya’s main attraction. The Nafūsah Plateau, hilly limestone massif, the Al-Jifārah (Gefara) Plain and the Akhḍar Mountains (“Green Mountains”) are worth visiting. Other mountains, such as the Akakus Mountains are furnished with prehistoric rock carvings and images of everyday life and animals usually associated with central and southern Africa, dating back to 10,000BC.
In Jebel Nafusa, you will find qasrs that were at once Berber granaries, forts and homes . They are considered nature’s wonder as they remain intact regardless of their positioning on cliff edges and hilltops.

Rural Libya is equally stunning with vibrant souks that add an exotic ambiance to your trip. The souks will draw you in like a magnet with their dramatic aromas and bright colours. Tripoli’s souks can be found by a long corniche that rests along the Meditteranean coast. Once you have been pulled in, feast your eyes on the wave of culture dressed in the form of spices, henna and hijabs.

 


Why travel to Libya?


Libya has a greater story to tell apart from the revolution and rule of Colonel Kadhafi. The country is drenched in historical significance, providing numerous archaeological evidence of a much earlier civilisation, some of which dates back over 10,000 years.The architecture shows remnants of Arabic and Islamic influences and traces of Italian architecture from the colonial era, particularly in the medina of Tripoli. Having survived Greek, Roman and Italian rule, it boasts seven UNESCO Heritage Sites thanks to having some of the finest ruins spanning all periods of history, right from the Stone Age to the modern sagas of World Wars, including the Leptis Magna and Cyrene. These sites showcase the significance of North Africa as a province of the Roman Empire as the only African Roman Emperor, Septimus Severus, was from Leptis Magna. It is a country that has been through a lot.But like a phoenix, Libya rises from the ashes. Your trip will be nothing short of rewarding.The best times to travel to Libya are during the months March to May in Spring and Autumn which runs from October into December. While the months of June to August are when Libya receives the most tourists,the days can be uncomfortably warm as temperatures can go up to 37°C.

Commitment to sustainable tourism


What draws travellers to Libya is its multidimensional nature. Like many underdeveloped countries, the tourism industry is a substantial contributor to the economy. Yet, problems such as inefficient resource allocation, poor infrastructure, and frequent policy reversals as well as the UN (United Nation) international embargo which was recently lifted, are major reasons for the delay and observed slow tourism development in Libya. This has all been exacerbated by the lack of promotional tools for the tourism industry. Libya requires intensified efforts in order to revamp their international market as well as for the local population to begin to benefit.

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