Libya, a country with vast land and history. Unfortunately, the country has seen nothing but war in the past decade and is not advisable to travel to anytime soon. But hopefully, in the future when the country is more stable it would become the rich and prosperous nation that it once was. The country is situated in northern Africa. Its neighbouring countries are Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia. The capital is Tripoli and the local currency is the Libyan Dinar (LYD)

Fun Fact! This is the fourth largest country in Africa but 90% of the population live in less than 10% of the country’s land.

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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.


The majority of Libyans are descendants of Berber and Arabs but about 140 different ethnicities making up the country’s demographic, they sure are a diverse bunch. The official language is Arabic but other languages such as Berber, English and Italian are spoken.


Explore Tripoli. The city is rich in history and culture with its old medinas, national museums and national monuments.

If you are outside of Tripoli, the following are a must visit.

Cyrene, located north eastern part in the country is a UNESECO World Heritage site showcasing the oldest ruins of the ancient Roman and Greek city. Leptis Magna, is another ruin that allows you to explore the magnitude of the Roman empire.

Visit The pearl desert; this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest pre-Saharan cities. Why not get lost wondering round the old part of town.

For all you adventurers, why not trek up Bi

Camel rides in the Desert. As around 90% of the country is desert. Tours through parts of the desert including the Sahara are great ways to experience a different environment.

Relax on the beach. With the longest Mediterranean coastline, Libya’s beaches are some of the best places to go to relax and unwind.

Rituals and Culture

The majority of Libyans are Muslim.

Libyan cuisine, like it’s history, mixed with other cultures. Though the country relies heavily on imported foods, their tastes remain the same. Some staple foods are bread and grains.

With some local delicacies being: Alafraa (seafood dish cooked with tomatoes and peppers), Couscous and Tajine. Libyans also enjoy black and green tea. Unlike the usual tea, Libyan tea is a thick syrup like tea.


The country is very unstable at the moment so please check more travel advice check out; FCO: Travel Advice to keep up to date with the county’s current situation

Outside of the UK: Please check your government’s travel advice carefully

If you do decide to go to Libya, here are some more tips below:

– Dry like the desert. Drinking Alcohol is illegal, do not attempt to bring alcohol into this country.

– Modesty is a must, especially as a woman. As the country is a Muslim country, foreign women and men should dress modestly to respect the culture.

– Protect your skin! This country’s makeup is mainly desert and so you can imagine how hot the country can get. Remember to stay hydrated and pack lots of sunscreen on.

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