Libya

Libya

Etymology

The name Libya was introduced in 1934 for Italian Libya, reviving the historical name for Northwest Africa, from the ancient Greek Λιβύη (Libúē). The name was based on earlier use in 1903 by Italian geographer Federico Minutilli. It was intended to supplant terms applied to Ottoman Tripolitania, the coastal region of what is today Libya having been ruled by the Ottoman Empire from 1551 to 1911, as the Eyalet of Tripolitania. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Cafe De Paris – Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant in Tripoli. [facebook]

Mango fresh – Bar in Tripoli. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Interracial Dating Central – For sexy singles in Libya like no other, sign up with us today. Our online dating service is renowned for having the best singles to chat with. Each and every one of us is meant to find love! InterracialDatingCentral can help you find it, with a free membership that allows you to browse unlimited profiles of suitable matches immediately. [interracial dating central]

Libyan Dating – If you wish to meet singles from Libya in one place, you are welcome to do it at Libyan dating. This is the number one site for Libyan singles who wish to meet and date. [libyan dating]

Libyan Dating- Love Habibi – The Web’s favorite place for Libyan dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Libya looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [love habibi]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Eye of Libya – Eye of Libya Tours is an inbound tour operator and travel agency that offer all facets of inbound travel and business development consultancy around Libya. The company was formed in early 2008, and is the culmination of many years of its directors’ and staffs’ experience in operating and enjoying tours and travel around the world. Eye of Libya is headquartered in Tripoli, Libya. [eye of libya]

Walks Worldwide – First impressions count for a lot – they can make or mar a holiday. My first impressions on arrival in Tripoli were pretty positive and any lingering concerns I had about Gaddafi’s Libya were soon dispelled. Tripoli at first glance came over as shabby – after all it did endure decades of sanctions – but its pre-war Italianate architecture has a definite charm. [walks worldwide]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Admire the Murals in Tripoli – Murals adorning the walls of the city may be art or graffiti depending on the eye of the beholder. Many tell of oppression under Ghaddafi and the revolution that caused his demise. Others show the rebels in fighting gear or proclaim Libya’s freedom, whether for a specific group – such as women – or for the country as a whole. [afk travel]

Be Mesmerized in the Medina – If the heady mixture of tantalizing aromas doesn’t grab you first, the colors and variety of goods for sale in the souks of the Tripoli medina definitely will. Its no-hassle atmosphere is a refreshing change from the typical souk, though you can still bargain for a deal in some stalls. Find everything from gold jewelry to spices, and enjoy the cafes as you go. [afk travel]

Enjoy the Public Baths– From a Distance – Just north of the village of Shahat is the ancient city of Cyrene. It was built by the Greeks and Romans, destroyed by two earthquakes and rebuilt, and much of it has been excavated. No, you can’t actually take a public bath, but just touring the site and thinking about the ritual will make you appreciate how far we’ve evolved. [afk travel]

Get the Lowdown on High Caves – Although most of the country is desert, Libya’s landscape does include lush, green hills and rocks for hiking and climbing, such as the Jebel al-Akhdar, or Green Mountains. The air is cooler in the mountains, making it easier to explore the old churches, olive groves and prehistoric caves. Near the town of Marsa Sousa, in the Jebel al-Akhdar, is Haua Fteah, a large, shallow cave that is believed to date back 100,000 years. [afk travel]

Go for Something Fishy – The Tripoli Fish Market is a sight to see, whether you’re in the mood for a fishy dish or just want to experience the ambiance. Local chefs will happily cook the fish you pick to your liking, and with its location on the water, fish doesn’t get any fresher. [afk travel]

Ramble Through Ruins – With its history of conquest and colonization by Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Moroccans, Egyptians, Spanish and Italians, Libya has fabulous ruins that rival some of Rome’s most famous. Leptis Magna, near Tripoli, contains the Severan Arch, marble and granite Hadrianic Baths and an amphitheatre. [afk travel]

Scour the Sites of Sabratha – Founded by Phoenicians as a trading post around 500 BC, the Romans later improved the harbor and the city prospered on the trade route. Today you’ll see remains of a three-story amphitheatre with an adjacent residential area, a forum, temples and fountains, four Christian churches and catacombs. [afk travel]

Sunbathe on Bountiful — and Empty — Beaches – Over 1,200 miles of beaches line the northern Libyan coast. These are visitors’ paradises, not only because of their beauty but because of their serenity. When the city-dwelling Libyans want to get away, they much prefer going to the countryside than to the beach. So visitors in the know can have the beaches to themselves. [afk travel]

Tour the Desert – Fast or Slow – Libya encompasses 679,362 square miles, making it slightly larger than Alaska. Yet its population is just 6.42 million. Approximately 90 percent of the country is desert, which tourists can explore by camel or 4WD drive vehicles. Both are offered by local tour operators. [afk travel]

Visit Byzantine Bygones – One of the less-visited sites in Libya is Qasr Libya, which translates to “Castle Libya.” Its colorful Byzantine mosaics are vibrant reminders of this fascinating culture from centuries ago. Visitors are often surprised by the variety of images and messages, ranging from the serious to those touched with unexpected humor. [afk travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Ghadames Festival – Ghadames International Festival is one of the Sahara’s most colorful events, a three-day celebration of the traditions of the nomadic Tuareg people. Set in the ancient town of Ghadames in west Libya, the festival has long revolved around the town’s premiere export: dates. In addition to scaling the date palms for the harvest, converting much of the old city into an open marketplace and holding horse and camel races outside the city walls, the Tuareg join with Arabs and Berbers for feasting, singing and dancing. [travel tips]

Ghat Festival – Set in a Tuareg oasis deep in the Libyan interior is another cultural festival. The town of Ghat — surrounded by desert, dunes and the dramatic Acacus range — houses its own ancient medina, or walled city. The festival takes place here, with music, dancing, Tuareg camel racing and traditional crafts on display for locals and foreign visitors to enjoy. The Ghat Festival occurs alternately in November and December, and lasts for three days. [travel tips]

Nalut Spring Festival – The Nalut Spring Festival celebrates local traditions, industries and culture, much like the Ghadames and Ghat festivals. Set in the impressive old town of Nalut in the Jebel Nafusa of western Libya, the festival showcases crafts and features parades, traditional music and nightly dance performances. Growing in popularity among visitors to Libya — partly due to its proximity to Ghadames, one of the country’s top tourist destinations — the three-day festival is held in late March. [travel tips]

Zuwarah Awessu Festival – Coinciding with the highest temperatures of summer in July through early September, the Awessu Festival in Zuwarah, a beach destination along the northern coast, consists of ceremonies tracing their roots to pre-Islamic times. To mark the beginning of this special period, ancient Libyans in Zuwarah reportedly bathed naked in the sea, diving seven times and spraying the water into the air. They also brought possessions and livestock into the water for ritual bathing. As Islamic Libya has come to view such ancient observances as somewhat promiscuous, the festival today mainly consists of sailing and swimming races as well as folk music, dancing and generous traditional feasts. [travel tips]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bike – Most Libyans do not cycle outside of small towns. Ask at your hotel for bike hire, but do not expect to find a big cycling culture. [world travel guide]

Car hire – Car hire is available from local firms based in Tripoli airport and city, in Benghazi and other towns. The best bet is to check with your hotel, who can help organise transport. You can hire a car as an individual or – a safer idea, especially if you are not used to Libyan roads – one that comes with a driver. [world travel guide]

Coach – There are a few bus services, mainly luxury, air-conditioned coaches between Tripoli and Benghazi and other major urban areas. A minibus service operates from Benghazi to Tobruk. [world travel guide]

Taxi – Taxis, the easiest way to get around, are plentiful and reasonably priced. Long-distance taxi fares can be quite expensive and should be agreed in advance. [world travel guide]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

NYX Professional Makeup Libya – Our goal is to provide our clients with the best cosmetics. Come visit us and let us know how we can help make you more gorgeous than you are! [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Libya Expats – This page is dedicated for Expatriates working and living and Libya. Meet other expats and find out what other expats are organizing and doing around Libya both for fun and business. [facebook]

Living in Libya – Libya’s historical past reflects the glory of the ancient civilizations that resided within the country. Although, the just concluded civil uprising has caused the nation some grief and has rendered the major cities unsafe for travel. If you are venturing to Libya soon, check out some bits of information we’ve collated. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Libya – As-salām ‘alaykum and a warm welcome to InterNations Libya! Our expatriate community in Libya can provide you with all the inside tips for settling into your new home. Relocating to a foreign country can, after all, be quite challenging and that’s where InterNations can help. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

Places in Libya

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