ABOUT Libya located in North Africa is a favored tourist attraction. This area offers spectacular historical sites, wonderful traditional markets and a host of tourist attractions from beautiful scenery, outstanding natural landscapes and cultural museums. Despite the terrible memories of Italian colonial rule, the Italian influences are everywhere in the capital - from the people sipping macchiato in a piazza in the old city overlooking what was once a Spanish church and is now a mosque, to the laid back Mediterranean pace of life. Specialist travellers have long selected itineraries that take them to the war cemeteries in Tobruk, Beghazi and Tripoli, which pay tribute to the fallen from the Second World War. That sector is expected to grow but, instead of a country that is trading on its past, Libya will be trying cultivate the image of a modern tourist destination. The biggest tourist attraction when it comes to World War II in Libya is the area of Tobruk. Tobruk is home to four World War II cemeteries. It is here you will find the Commonwealth, British, French and German cemeteries along with a host of monuments. This is a very popular tourist destination with thousands of travelers visiting the area each year to pay their respects to those that lost their lives in the war. Tripoli International airport is open and, since 1 December 2011, commercial carriers have resumed flights to and from Europe. Benghazi airport is also open and there are commercial international flights as well as flights to Tripoli.
CLIMATE Libya is a huge country and weather patterns vary by region. The climate is Mediterranean, with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is scanty. The weather is cooler in the highlands, and frosts occur at maximum elevations. In the desert interior the climate has very hot summers and extreme diurnal temperature ranges. Summers are very hot and dry; winters are mild with cooler evenings. The desert has hot days and cold nights. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
BEWARE Law and order in the country is still being re-established and the threat from crime, including carjacking, remains high. There is a limited police capacity to prevent or deal with the street crimes There is a higher threat from terrorism and other criminal activity in areas bordering Sudan, Chad, Niger and Algeria. With the exception of the official land border crossings to Tunisia and Egypt, visitors and residents are not permitted to travel in the interior or to border areas without an officially sanctioned guide or specific permission from the Libyan authorities.Local laws reflect the fact that Libya is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. Dress accordingly at all times, covering arms, shoulders and legs. Avoid shorts, tight fitting or revealing clothes in public. As a courtesy during Ramadan, non-Muslims should be careful not to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours. Greater emphasis is placed on the need to dress and behave modestly.