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Libya, a country in Northern Africa strategically located right across the Mediterranean Sea from Europe, is a land that has been much fought-over through the ages. Bordered by Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Nigeria, the country has an area of close to 1.8 million square kilometres and is the 4th largest in Africa. Libya is made up of 3 subdivisions ; Fezzan in the southwest, Cyrenaica in the east, and Tripolitania in the northwest. Though its soils are mostly dry and barren – with desert plains and plataus being the general terrain – the lands are richly blessed with one of the world’s largest crude oil reserves.

Once occupied by the Berbers, Phoenicians, Carthage, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Italians and subsequently split by the French and the British, it finally gained independence in 1951 – but its troubles did not end there. Originally ruled under a dictator that was subsequently ousted after civil war, Libya is unfortunately still in political instability and travel to the country for leisure is not recommended as of April 2015.

Getting around

Travelling in an organized tour group is recommended for those who are considering a vacation in Libya. Otherwise, independent travellers are advised to use domestic air transport if they are planning to cover a lot of ground.

What to see and do

If you find yourself in Libya, be sure to have a look at some of the country’s famous ancient Roman and Greek ruins, many of which have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One such example is the Archaeological Site of Sabratha, the ruins of an historic Phoenician port city that shuttled African products to other parts of the world. It was eventually taken over by the Romans in the 2nd and 3rd century, where it enjoyed its heyday and the construction of many magnificent architectural wonders such as a massive amphitheatre, basilicas, and temples, before falling to ruin – the remains of which can still be observed today.

Of course, the mother of all Libyan attractions must be said to be Leptis Magna, one of the most spectacular and well-preserved Roman ruins of Africa. Once a mighty city of the Roman Empire, Leptis Magna’s beginnings were very similar to Sabratha’s – it was first constructed by Phoenicians before becoming part of the Roman Empire, where it enjoyed great prosperity. Under the reign and urban planning of Septimis Severus, the city became known as one of the most beautiful of the Roman Empire and supported a huge population of 100,000 (in those days, it was second only to Rome). Though it subsequently fell to ruin, much of the city was buried in sand – as such, much of its architecture is exceptionally well-maintained and ruins of the Gladiator Circus, marketplace, amphitheatre, basilica and more can still be seen.

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