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Libya is one of the largest countries in Africa; and includes the
former Italian colonies of Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan.
Countries neighbouring Libya are: Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan,
Chad and Niger.
Much of the country is barren, and most of the population live
along the shore of the Mediterranean.
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The Road From Tripoli runs west along the coast to Tunis in Tunisia, and east through
Benghazi and Tobruq, to Alexandria in Egypt.
Another road leads south to Sabha in the interior.
Oases in the desert include al-Kufrah and al-Jaghbub.
Libya Travel Tips
Libya may at first seem a daunting place to visit, but as two western
women we have found minimal hassle (compared to other north African countries it is
blissfully easy to walk around), and a very friendly people willing to offer you
assistance and hospitality at every turn.
We advise that you find yourself a reputable tour company as it is
still very difficult to travel in Libya independently.
Whilst the visa situation is currently quite a drag - it is set to
become easier soon we hear.
In terms of places to visit - there is just so much! Desert
enthusiasts will find dramatic scenery and fascinating rock art. Archaeology buffs
will love Libya's ancient cities and there is a beautiful coastline, desert towns and
Berber architecture to enjoy as well.
Hotels can be a bit down-trodden and it can be difficult to ensure a
booking, but the situation has much improved over recent years.
By Amelia Stewart.
On independence in 1951, Tripoli (Tarabulus al-Gharb, in Arabic)
shared capital status with Benghazi. The larger of the two cities, Tripoli, was declared
the sole capital in the early 1970s.
Tripoli was probably founded by the Phoenicians, as Oea, in the 7th
It became an Arab stronghold in AD 645, then a part of the Ottoman
Empire in 1551.
For centuries the Muslim corsairs of North Africa attacked the ships
of Christian nations or demanded a payment for safe passage.
In 1801, the United States refused to pay the increased tariff
demanded by the pasha of Tripoli, so the Tripolitans began seizing American ships.
A US naval squadron was sent to blockade the port of Tripoli, but the
US frigate Philadelphia was seized in February 1804.
A small group of daring Americans raided the port at night and burnt
the vessel to prevent the corsairs from using it against them.
The Roman triumphal arch, in Tripoli, erected in honour of Emperor
Marcus Aurelius, dates from the 2nd century.
Also visit the 16th century Spanish fortress; and the Karamanli and
The second largest city in Libya was the site of the ancient Greek
The Turks controlled Benghazi from the mid 16th century until 1911,
when it was captured by the Italians during the Turko-Italian War.
The British occupied the city during the Second World War, and it
served as the seat of British territorial administration until Libya gained independence
Adventures of Libya
An increasing number of travellers get to see the
Libya's stunning nature; wild
mountains, fragile green spots of forests and oases, and the orange coloured desert.
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