See and Do in Libya
Expats should note that many areas have become occupied by rebel forces, and therefore any sightseeing should be done with safety precautions.
Contrary to popular belief Libya is not just one big desert, and expats will find that with a little effort and ingenuity there’s certainly some options to see and do many things of interest.
Throughout its history Libya has been selected by many great and ancient empires as a centre of trade across the north of Africa, consequently the nation is home to a large collection of not-to-be-missed Greek, Roman and other classically inspired ancient ruins.
This rich historical influence paired with thousands of miles of untouched Mediterranean coast and the endless poetry of sea siding up against the Sahara desert makes Libya a destination ripe with the potential for expat sightseeing and exciting weekend breaks.
Recommended sightseeing in Libya
Second in significance only to Leptis Magna, Cyrene is a must-see. It ranks as the best preserved of the Greek cities of Cyrenaica, with its temples, tombs, agora, gymnasium and theatre originally modelled on those at Delphi. Apart from the fabulous Greek ruins, its high location overlooking the sea is mesmerising.
In the Zawia region in the north-western corner of current Libya, Sabratha was the westernmost of the "three cities" of Tripolis. It lies on the Mediterranean coast about 65km (40 miles) west of Tripoli. The archaeological site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
If one can only see one archaeological site in Libya, make it Leptis Magna. Regarded as the best Roman site in the Mediterranean, Leptis Magna's magnificent architecture and enormous scale will amaze even the most ruin-weary traveller.
Ghadames is one of Libya's most popular tourist attractions. It is considered by some as the best part of the whole of Sahara, often referred to as “The Jewel of the Sahara", and in 1982 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Jebel Acacus is an astonishing landscape of shadowy basalt monoliths rising up from the sands of the central Sahara. This World Heritage-listed area is home to unique natural rock formations, as well as prehistoric rock paintings and carvings, some of which date back 12,000 years. One can only visit the region with a guide, who can be organised in Ghat.