TripoliThere have been better times to visit this historic city.
Historic Tripoli, Libya's capital, blends ancient treasures like the Red Castle with a vibrant Medina and café culture. Travel caution advised.
Libya's capital and largest city. With a rich history that dates back to the 7th century BC, Tripoli offers a glimpse into the country's complex past and present.
Tripoli has a history that reflects its geographical position at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. The Red Castle or Assaraya al-Hamra, dominates the city's skyline. This fortress-turned-museum gives you a peek into the country's past with its collections of artifacts, coins, and mosaics dating back to the Roman and Byzantine periods. A short distance from the Red Castle, you'll find the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, a relic from when Tripoli was part of the Roman Empire.
The city's old town, known as the Medina, is an exciting network of narrow streets, arches, and old buildings. You can find traditional shops selling anything from colorful textiles, jewelry to spices. But be aware, haggling is common practice here.
Tripoli has a strong café culture, where people gather for tea or coffee. It is also the place to try traditional Libyan food, such as couscous, bazin, a type of bread served with meat and sauce, and sharba, a traditional Libyan soup.
The city lies on the edge of the Sahara Desert but is cooled by the Mediterranean Sea. Hence, the climate is generally hot and dry in summer with mild, rainy winters. But do prepare for sandstorms during spring and autumn.
It's important to note that the security situation in Libya remains unstable. The city is not recommended for inexperienced travelers or those seeking a relaxed holiday.