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Libya Undergone a Dramatic Rehabilitation

Libya is a country in North Africa. Bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Libya lies between Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.

With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres, 90 percent of which is desert. Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa by area and the 17th largest in the world. The capital, Tripoli, is home to 1.7 million of Libyas 5.7 million people. The three traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, the Fezzan and Cyrenaica.

Libya, once shunned by much of the international community over the 1988 bombing of a PanAm plane above the Scottish town of Lockerbie, has undergone a dramatic rehabilitation.

Tripoli formally took responsibility for the incident in 2003. Months later, Libya renounced weapons of mass destruction, paving the way for a further blossoming of relations with the West.

A former Roman colony, Libya is a mostly desert country which saw invasions by Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks and more recently Italians before gaining independence in 1951.

Explore the capital, Tripoli, with its old walled city a picturesque African jumble of narrow alleyways leading to traditional mosques, houses and khans.

Visit the Red Castle, a spectacular fortress that houses a maze of courtyards and buildings, situated on a promontory above Tripoli. Be fascinated at the Jamahiriya Museum that was designed in conjunction with UNESCO, next to the castle on the Green Square.

Base yourself in Benghazi Libyas second largest city, on the Eastern edge of the Gulf of Sirte, close to a number of beautiful beaches including Ras Alteen, also a location of an amazing archaeological discovery of Greek and Byzantine graves from an underwater city.

Swim at undiscovered beaches away from the municipal beaches of Tripoli and Benghazi.

Find the five famous ancient Greek cities in the eastern region set in the beautiful Green Mountains.

Discover the historical sites of the battlefield of Tobruk, east of Ras Alteen and the town of Cyrene, east of Benghazi. Or branch out to the lush forested range of the Green Mountains, easily reached from these areas, and a great area for walking.

Dont miss the Ubari Sand Sea a stunning infinity of sand dunes, with a series of saline lakes to cool off in.

The climate is hot in the summer and slightly cooler in the winter.

A place with a differnce.

Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Libya Rental Site