Libya Flights:

Flights to Libya

image of LibyaLibya is a North African country which has a large coastline on the Mediterranean Sea and has borders with six other North African countries. Over 90% of Libya is desert or semi-desert so you may wonder what could there be of interest here! In fact Libya does have some interesting places to visit; read on for more information!

Tripoli International Airport (airport code: TIP) is the main gateway for flights to Libya. Tripoli is the capital and largest city of the country and is situated in the north west. From South Africa flights to Libya are available with several different airlines, all with one or two connections. Egyptair via Cairo, Emirates via Dubai, British Airways via London and South African Airways via Cairo are some of the examples of one stop flights to Libya from Johannesburg.

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The Tourist Attractions of Libya:

Libya’s capital and largest city, Tripoli, is an ancient city, originally founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians. As you might expect with such a long history there are numerous old parts to the city to explore and archaeological sites too.

Start your visit in the National Museum as this will give you insight into the history of Tripoli and indeed the whole of Libya before you start seeing the rest of the city. The old city, the walled part of which is called the medina is a fantastic place to explore with its narrow maze-like alleyways, much of which is dominated by the Red Castle (Assaraya al-Hamra) just outside the medina. This is a huge palace with architectural elements from varying periods. Also of interest are the Gurgi and Karamanli mosques with their beautiful and intricate tilework and decorations. Outside the Gurgi Mosque is the only remaining Roman monument in the city, the Arch of Marcus Aurelius.

Other Cities in Libya
There are a number of other cities in Libya, most of which are on the coast. Notable amongst these is Gharyan where you will find underground berber dwellings and Ghadamis with its old city that was constructed in such as way as to limit the amount of heat allowed to enter the city’s buildings.

Leptis Magna
One of Libya’s most impressive attractions is the archaeological site of Leptis Magna. This is a UNESCO World heritage Site and was a major city of the Roman Empire, said to be the second largest after Rome. The site is located 130 kilometres east of Tripoli and is on the coast. This is one of the best set of Roman ruins in the whole of the Mediterranean so definitely worth the trip.

There is a very impressive amphitheatre here and other great remains include the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Severan Basilica.

When Should You Visit?:

As much of Libya is made up of desert it’s not surprising that the country generally has a very dry and hot climate. However, you will find in the north, along the Mediterranean Sea, that the climate is a little cooler and hence this is where the majority of the population lives!

As you would expect the climate along the Med coast is far more Mediterranean, so this means that summers are usually hot and dry, whilst winters are mild to cool with rainfall.

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