Libya’s rich history and well-preserved Roman and Greek ruins deserve the admiration of the world.
Facing the Mediterranean Sea on its north, the country’s coastal areas have a generally mild climate, which has been a boon to people seeking new lands to call home.
Among these land-seeking people were the Phoenicians, who established their remote colonies
along the coast of the country. Other empires followed,
with the result of Libya becoming a tapestry of cultures representing different timelines in Mediterranean history.
The Sahara Desert occupies much of southern Libya. Despite the seemingly featureless landscape, the sands
hold some of Libya’ s wonders. Verdant oases spring where hill-sized sand dunes loom over their surroundings. Winds wept mountains display impressive rock formations. And an extinct volcano has formed a sea of black sand, seen from high above as a
blue-black spot on the desert expanse.
All Libyans speak Arabic. However, English is widely understood, especially by the younger generation who live in the cities. The older people, on the other hand, are likely to be able to converse in Italian, as Libya was once an Italian colony.
Almost 97% of the population is Sunni Muslim. The rest are Christians belonging to Coptic
Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican communities. Religious tolerance is practiced in the country.
As of this writing, the political situation in Libya remains unstable. It is best to check travel
advisories before booking a plane ticket.
If you are
planning to bring electronic devices, keep in mind that outlets in Libya run on 230
Volts (also 127 Volts in some parts of the country). Sockets accept plug types B and E