Libya is a country of stark contrasts, offering visitors an opportunity to view not only some of the greatest Roman and Greek cities in the world, but also the stunning vistas of the Sahara desert. On the Mediterranean coastal strip, near to the capital Tripoli, stand the breathtaking Roman cities of Sabrata and Leptis Magna, while further east, in the beautiful area of the Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountains) are the wonderfully preserved Greek remains of Cyrene and Apollonia.
For lovers of the desert, the Acacus region of the Libyan Sahara offers an unassailable attraction with its wild, spectacular scenery and prehistoric cave paintings. If you enjoy 4-wheel drive desert travel, this is a region you should not miss. For those interested in World War II history, Tobruk offers visits to Rommel’s headquarters and the Allied and German war cemeteries.
Zawia Toursim servies invites you to experience this intriguing country on a group or tailor-made tour, offering a wonderful opportunity to see the extraordinary sites, both natural and man-made, that Libya has to offer.
Here are the Historic sites and other tourist attractions that can be enjoyed:
The coastal regions of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were declared provinces in 95 B.C. First they functioned as emporia ports and markets used for trading and taking on supplies during long sea voyages. Later they became real city-states of primary importance, exerting considerable influence over neighbouring territories.
- Cyrene (in Modern Libya called Shah'at) : Founded in 631 B.C. and became the most important Greek city in North Africa. Then occupied by the Romans and reached its apogee under the emperor Augustus.
- Sabra'tah (about 70 km West of Tripoli): Founded in the 9th B.C. by the Phoenicians as a trading centre. Great monuments remain to be enjoyed until now.
- Modern Libya Libdah : Founded by Phoenicians in the 1st Century B.C. Also known as Leptis MAgna, a Roman city that under the genus Septima became one of the most prominent in ancient world in terms of strategic importance and city planning. Nowadays, great site to visit some parts are well preserved until today. It's abou an hour drive or so from Tripoli.
- The Sahara Desert : Graffiti engraved on cave walls and rock paintings which documents fauna of elephants, giraffs, rhinoceroses, ostriches and crocodiles from the Palaeolithic to Neolithic ages.
Tourists can enjoy the last wilderness on planet earth less visited than the North Pole :
Infinite variety of landscapes. Sleeping out in the vast desert is an experience to cherish by many. Fascinating silence and infinite horizons Huge expanses of rock worn smooth by the wind and heat Salt desert and dried-up lakes. Enormous sand dunes called Idha'n by Tuareg, reaching heights of 1000 feet. Oasis which spring up in the middle of the desert. It's worth remembering that in the times of Herodotus, the known world was divided up into Asia, Europe and Libya which includes the whole of North Africa