Tripoli, Libya - Stein Travel


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Welcome to Tripoli

The Libyan capital of Tripoli is filled with wonderful sights, charm and hospitality. Situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the north-west of the country, Tripoli has the largest harbour in North Africa; it is a city constantly abuzz with activity. The many historical sites and ruins dotted throughout the city stand testament to its rich and fascinating history. Visitors to Tripoli can stroll in the bustling bazaars, shopping for holiday souveniers and trinkets as well as beautiful textiles and exquisite jewellery. Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to the amazing sights in and around the city, from the Red Castle to the Gurgi and Karamanli Mosques Tripoli is overflowing with places to discover and sights to behold.

The official language of Libya is Arabic (used for all official business), though some English is spoken, especially in the cities and tourist-orientated establishments.

The official currency is the Dinar (LYD), which is divided into 1,000 dirhams. Credit cards have very limited acceptance (usually only in five-star hotels) and travellers cheques are not accepted, therefore it is advised to carry cash. ATMs are unreliable, though available in Tripoli. Banks are usually closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Currency can be exchanged at the airport or any bank in Tripoli.


Libya has a number of fantastic shopping opportunities, particularly for visitors wishing to buy traditional ware and exquisite jewellery. Some western brand name stores, such as Mango, and Marks and Spencer, can be found in Tripoli however the best place to shop for clothes bargains is around the Green Square. Gargarish road is popular with residents and tourists wishing to buy cloth, furniture items and electronics equipment. But perhaps the best place to shop is at the Bazaars. Not only are the main Bazaars, Al-Mushier and Al-Turk, great places to shop for clothes, textiles, jewellery and curios, but they also offer a range of picturesque photo opportunities that anyone visiting Libya would not want to miss.

Local time is GMT +2.

The Red castle, situated on the outskirts of the Old City in Tripoli, will definitely be a highlight of any visit to the capital city. The Assaraya al-Hamra is made up of a number of courtyards. The complex is a central part of Tripoli's skyline and contains a number of Ottoman style fountains and statues as well as the National Museum (Jamahiriya Museum) where you can view the Volkswagen Beetle once driven by Gadaffi. Other pieces in the museum include a number of artefacts from the Roman and Greek occupation as well as pieces from Libya's UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sabratha and Leptis Magna. The castle also houses Libya's Department of Archaeology.

Bab Al-Bahr, Bab Zanata and Bab Hawara are the Old City's north, west and southeast gates. The old city is an open-air museum filled with beautiful old buildings and exquisite pieces of architecture from Tripoli's long and tumultuous colonial history particularly the Roman and Greek periods. Visitors are able to climb the city walls and the top offers up spectacular views of both the Old City and the rest of Tripoli. The top of the city walls also offer great photo opportunities for those wishing to capture the Red Castle in all its glory as well as the many minarets scattered across the skyline, especially those of Gurgi and Karamanli mosques.

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