LIBYA TRAVEL GUIDE
Libya has been demonised and its leader feared for long, though this is a country filled with interesting sights and experiences, from fabulous Roman ruins and preserved ancient cities, to vast stretches of the haunting Sahara desert and superb prehistoric rock art. The Libya that caresses the north coast of Africa is delightfully Mediterranean, with glistening citrus plantations and balmy skies. The Libyans themselves are friendly, dignified people who will welcome you to their long locked-up land with open arms.
Although Libya is more stable now, Libya still suffers from crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and ongoing armed conflicts in many areas. Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high, and terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, hotels, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.
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LIBYA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Tripoli
- Currency: Libyan dinar (LYD)
- Area: 1,759,540 km²
- Population: 6,679 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic, Berber, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities
- Religion: Sunni Muslim 97%, Christian and other 3%
- Electricity: 127V, 50Hz or 230V, 50Hz
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LIBYA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 17 February, Revolution Day (2011)
- 19 March, Commemoration of the Victory over Gaddafi
- 1 May, May Day
- 16 September, Martyrs Day (2011)
- 23 October, Liberation Day (2011)
- 24 December, Independence Day (1951)
Also, the movable Islamic holidays of Al Hijrah, Ashura, Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, Arafat Day, and Eid al-Adha.
LIBYA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Libya’s climate is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Sahara desert to the south and, as a result, abrupt transitions of weather conditions are experienced across the country. The Mediterranean coastal strip experiences dry summers and relatively wet winters. The Jabal Natusah and Jabal Akhdal highlands experience a plateau climate, with higher rainfall and humidity and low winter temperatures. The northern Tripoli regions of Jabal Nafusah and Jifarah Plain and the northern Benghazi region of Jabal al Akhdar receive the highest average annual rainfall, exceeding the minimum value of 250-300 mm. Pre-desert and desert conditions, with scorching temperatures of daily thermal variations, are experienced in the southern part of the interior where rain is rare and irregular. Rainfall in Libya occurs during the winter months, with average annual rainfall of 26 mm and great variations from place to place and from year to year. Approximately 93% of the land surface receives less than 100 mm of rain per year.