Libya is probably not a nation that you want to travel to. The scorching heat and the unstable political conditions make it dangerous. It’s a risk to travel here. There are still riots everywhere in the country.
Libya is located in the southern Africa. Its climate is not very welcoming. It has a northern Mediterranean coastline. It is surrounded by Sudan, Tunisia, Niger, Algeria, Chad, and Egypt. The Cyrenaica part of the country has the Mediterranean Sea to the north and Egypt to the east.
The Tripolitania region has a Mediterranean sea on the north as well, but on the western side, it has Tunisia. The Saharan part is landlocked.
Tripoli is the capital city. You can also visit Gharyan, Sabha, Misrata, Benghazi, Tobruk, Darna. Some cultural heritage sites are Shahhat (World Heritage Site), Leptis Magna (Roman ruins) and Ghat(desert hiking).
There is no air travel or rail travel available for tourists who want to move around in Libya. You have to hire a rental or go on a bus to the major cities. Transportation in a rental car can be very expensive.
English will help you to talk with younger Libyans, but you need to know Italian to communicate with the older generation. If you know some Arabic pleasantries or basics, you can move around.
The official currency is Libyan Dinar. The approximate exchange rate is LD1.45 for US$1. Libya is a cash society. The usage of credit cards is not common. However, major hotels and banks accept them. There are working ATMs in Tripoli, Benghazi and some other towns.
You have a variety of hotels to choose from. You can stay at hostels or four-star hotels. The prices are according to the facilities provided. Recently the number of tourists to Libya has decreased.
Taxis, the easiest way to get around, are plentiful and have reasonable prices. However, long-distance taxi fares can be quite expensive and you should negotiate them beforehand. Car hire is available from local firms based in Tripoli airport and city, in Benghazi and other towns. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Road conditions are generally excellent in major towns and along the coast. Unfortunately, this means that many drivers like to show off on the roads, so beware.
In Libya, they use electric sockets of types C and L. F-plugs are also applicable. The standard voltage is 230V.
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August 10, 2016 12:00 am 1 Comment