Libya is a country where history comes alive. The swath of arable land along the country's Mediterranean coastline has nurtured some of the world's greatest civilizations for over 3,000 years, while 90 percent of the rest of the country consists of dramatic Sahara scenery. Hotels in Libya are commodious and comfortable places to book rooms. Expedia can help travelers locate Libya hotel packages and tours at special discount rates that ensure they see everything this amazing country has to offer.
One side of Tripoli, Libya's capital, projects out into the Mediterranean while the other side faces the desert. The city was founded in the 7th century B.C. It subsequently became first a Greek, then a Carthaginian colony. From the 2nd century B.C. to the 7th century A.D., Tripoli was part of the Roman province of Regio Syrtica. Tripoli is well supplied with comfortable Libya hotels that offer reservations at top prices.
The only visible remains of Roman times in Tripoli is the Arch of Marcus Aurelius dating back to the 22nd century. Located 80 miles outside Tripoli, however, stands Leptis Magna, which is considered by many archaeologists to be the best Roman ruins in the Mediterranean. Particularly impressive are the Arch of Septimius Severus, the remains of the Severan Basilica and a series of five mosaics that once adorned the walls of a bathhouse depicting warriors and gladiators. Visitors to Leptis Magna will find Libya hotel deals at the nearby city of Khoms.
Further inland sit the Nafusa Mountains. Located right at the spot where these mountains meet the Mediterranean coastal plain is the beautiful Berber village of Nalut. The modern day town is surrounded by ancient castles and settlements that have never been excavated by archaeologists. Nalut's chief attraction is the 400-room Ksar Lalot, a fortified granary first built in the 11th century that remained in use until the 1960s. You will be able to find a cheap Libya hotel deal to use as a base for exploring the Nalut ruins in the modern town of the same name.
Waw al-Namus, a volcanic caldera that lies almost at the exact geographic center of the Sahara, has turned the adjacent sands black for many miles. Inside the crater sit three saltwater lakes whose waters are all different colors depending upon their mineral content. There are no cheap hotel deals in Libya anywhere near this site. The best way to view this natural wonder is to locate a cheap Libya hotel deal in Tripoli, and ask the concierge to recommend a reputable tour guide.