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Tripoli tours and excursions

Tripoli tours

Bus tours

Most tour operators offer a city tour of Tripoli, day trips to Leptis Magna or Sabratha or longer trips to Cyrenaica or the Sahara desert. The city tours, in a bus or private taxi with a guide, include a morning at the Jamahiriya museum, lunch in a medina restaurant and afternoon visit of the medina and monuments. It pays to choose a knowledgeable guide as there is not much information available on Tripoli. One of the best tour operators is Robban Tourism Services.

Tel: (021) 444 1530.

Tripoli excursions

Leptis Magna

The ruins of Leptis Magna are located 120km (73 miles) east of Tripoli. The site was a Phoenician trading post founded around 1000BC. It became one of the finest Roman cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the capital of the Roman colony of Tripolitania. The extremely well-preserved city still gives visitors a strong sense of the opulence and wealth of those days, and walking around one can feel what a wonderful and desirable place it must have been to live. It was the birthplace of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus (AD146-211) who added many of its grandest monuments. The Leptis Museum has impressive marble statues and mosaics from the Severan period.



This city also started life as a Phoenician trading post on the Mediterranean, and then became the third city of the Tripolitania. Less preserved and with fewer visitors than Leptis, the ruins of Sabratha (located 80km/49 miles west of Tripoli) are perhaps more atmospheric, and just as much reflect the quality of life Romans must have had here, with several bath houses and large Roman villas with mosaic floors. The superb theatre, reconstructed by the Italians in the 1920s, is definitely the highlight, and is still used for special concerts and performances.




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Featured Hotels


Corinthia Hotel Tripoli

By far the best hotel in town, the luxurious Corinthia Hotel Tripoli is perfectly located near the medina, the business district, and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The elegant and comfortable rooms are in two modern towers, and offer all five-star amenities.

Funduq al-Kebir

Centrally located and government-owned hotel within walking distance of Tripoli's monuments and with sweeping views over the harbour. The rooms are spacious and comfortable although the decor has seen better days. Bathrooms are clean and have hot water.

Funduq al-Mehari

A favourite of government officials, this is the government's most prestigious hotel. The spacious and comfortable rooms come with satellite TV and air conditioning, but service is often erratic.

Safwa Hotel

A suites-only hotel right in the centre of Tripoli. The large and clean air-conditioned rooms all come with high speed internet connection and there is a good restaurant downstairs. It is mainly aimed at businessmen.

Ancient Zumit Hotel

The small Zumit, in an old, recently renovated caravanserai in the medina, is the most romantic and atmospheric hotel in town. The rooms are decorated in Ottoman style but have air conditioning and other mod-cons. The hotel has also a good seafood restaurant.