Libya is a country of stark contrasts, offering visitors an opportunity to view not only some of the greatest Roman and Greek cities in the world, but also the stunning vistas of the Sahara Desert.
On the Mediterranean coastal strip, near to the capital Tripoli, stand the breathtaking Roman cities of Sabrata and Leptis Magna, while further east, in the beautiful area of the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains) are the wonderfully preserved Greek remains of Cyrene and Apollonia.
For lovers of the desert, the Acacus region of the Libyan Sahara offers an unassailable attraction with its wild, spectacular scenery and prehistoric cave paintings. If you enjoy 4-wheel drive desert travel, this is a region you should not miss.
For those interested in World War II history, Tobruk offers visits to Rommel’s headquarters and the Allied and German war cemeteries.
WHEN IN LIBYA WHY NOT…?
Journey into the beautiful wilderness of the desert and camp under the stars Camp under the stars without another human being in sight. Your evening meal will be cooked for you over the camp fire and then you spend the evening by the fire trading tales and watching shooting stars.
Sleep in a troglodyte cave in Gharyan, a berber village. The rooms are circled around
a central courtyard 6 - 7 metres below ground.
See the prehistoric rock art in the Acacus Mountains of Southern Libya Trek through a little-visited region where you will find spectacular wadis and impressive prehistoric cave art.
Visit Tobruk, forever linked with the name of the great German commander, Marshall
Rommel, who laid siege to and captured the city during World War II. Here you may visit his underground headquarters, also used by Montgomery during British control of the city. There are cannons and tanks on display while, close by, are the remains of the WW2 American plane Lady Be Good which crash landed in the desert - the crew perished in the Sahara after walking immense distances and their bodies were not discovered until the early 1950s.
When planning a journey to Libya, please note that most museums are closed on a Monday.