"Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah" Libya by grets

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The full name of this North African Country is Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah. It is the fourth largest country in Africa and includes the former Italian colonies of Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan. Libya is bordered to the north by the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia to the northwest, Algeria to the west, Chad and Niger to the south, Sudan to the south east and Egypt to the east. There are approximately five million inhabitants in Libya.

Most of Libya is desert or barren rocky plains devoid of vegetation with the majority of the country receiving little or no rainfall. The main resource found in the country is petroleum, although some production of salt, natural gas, potash, matron and limestone also takes place. Wildlife includes various desert rodents, wild cats, gazelles and hyenas, while fauna comprises mainly olive and date palms plus some orange trees in the oasis.

The people of Libya are mostly Arabs and Berbers, although ex-pat workers make up around 17% of the population. Many people still live a nomadic life style, with 87% of the population resides in urban areas.

The state religion of Libya is Islam, with 97% being of the Sunni Muslim faith. Arabic is the official language in the cities, but many urban dwellers still converse in Berber. Education and medical care is free in Libya.


Our itinerary took us from the start in Tripoli, to Sabratha and further south to Qasr al Hajj. Returning to Tripoli after exploring a few Berber villages in the area, we flew to Benghazi. From there we went to Ptolemais and Qasr Libya, continuing onwards to Al Bayda. Next was a visit to the great cities of Cyrene and Appllonia before returning to Nebghazi and flying back to Tripoli. Spending a full day exploring Leptis Magna and Villa Selin, we spent the last day in Triploi.

An action packed and intense tour.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of historical and archaeological interest
  • Cons:Colder than anticipated with a bitter wind and sand storm
  • In a nutshell:A haven for history buffs
  • Last visit to Libya: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2005
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Wow, to be able to see Apollonia, Ptolemais, Cyrene, Leptis Magna, Tripoli, and so much more must have been wonderful. Thank you for sharing such fantastic places to see. Excellent page!

  • travelthrough's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2007 at 6:11 AM

    This Shwarma is actually Middle Eastern, it´s called Kebab in most countries...nice pics!

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 3:23 AM

    Excellent page! Lybia seems a great place for archeology buffs. I just went to the Black Sea Apollonia last week, called Apollonia Pontica, so many Apollonias around the world...

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 8:06 AM

    Great notes Gret -Libya looks like it's on for January -I'll take a good sweater! leyle

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 5:15 AM

    Great page on this unusual but very interesting destination. Thanks for taking me there.

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2005 at 3:19 AM

    Informative page and pretty pics too!!! Very helpful for my trip to Libya in 2006!!!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 12:40 AM

    Fascinating page & trip Grete. Many thanks for writing about it. (~_~)

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2005 at 10:19 AM

    The theatre of Sabratha is spectacular !!

  • Feb 21, 2005 at 1:40 PM

    Hmmm, ble bildene dine sensurert av hr G a daffi, eller har fotoene frosset fast i kameraet ditt :-)


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