Cheap flights from Libya

Libya is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. The three traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica, with Tripoli as its largest and capital city. Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, with almost 1.8 million square kilometres of land area. It is the 17th largest country in the world, and has the 10th largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world. Due to its colourful history and heritage, tourism has since been a money cow for Libya. The country, which has been under different rulers and influences, is a treasure trove that is worth exploring – all things considered.

Where to go

Leptis Magna – Leptis Magna, also known as Lectis Magna, was a prominent city of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located in Khoms, some 81 miles east of Tripoli, on the coast where the Wadi Lebda meets the sea. The site is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean, which not even the wars and the various problems in the country can erase. Within the site, several majestic ruins can still be seen. This includes the Severan Basilica, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the theatre and the marketplace, and the Forum, which is believed to have been established in 2nd Century AD.

Gurgi Mosque – The Gurgi Mosque is one of the two important mosques in Tripoli, lying in the heart of the Old City (Medina) as part of a complex of historic buildings. The mosque, and the area as a whole, is significant in the history of the country, due to its contribution in the formation of the city.

Sabratha – A Phoenician trading post of the Tripolitanian coast, Sabratha has been a major highway of products, relaying goods from Africa to the Gulf of the Lesser Syrtis. It was part of the short-lived Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa, together with Leptis and Oea, before being Romanised and absorbed into the Roman province of Africa in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries AD. The best conserved part of the trading post is the scena – which is recomposed with original fragments and subdivided on three levels with overlapping marble columns. The said facility, which is actually a theatre, had a capacity of 5,000 seats. At the centre of it is the pulpitum, which was decorated with bas-relief representing divinity, historical and theatrical scenes, and other designs.

Tadrart Acacus – the Acacus Mountains, or locally Tadrart Acacus, form a mountain range in the desert of the Ghat District in Western Libya. Apart from forming part of the mountain range, the area is known for its rock-art and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 because of the importance of the paintings and carvings. The said art date from 12,000 B.C.E to 100 C.E., reflecting cultural and natural changes in the area.

From Libya, travellers may go to neighbouring African countries that are equally beautiful and worth the visit. Via the Tripoli International Airport, travellers may head out to Niamey, the capital and largest city of the West African country Niger, to Istanbul in the country of Turkey, or visit Beida, in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Currently, long haul from Libya are limited to travel to Dubai (and seasonally, to Jeddah) via the Al Abraq International Airport. This is due to the fact that Libya is still recovering from the strife that it experienced in the recent years, and most airports and airlines are still coping and studying if commercial air services are to be re-established.

How to get out

The main airport of Libya is the Tripoli International Airport; however travellers who are planning to go on long haul flights are advised to take flights from Al Abraq International Airport.

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