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Eat and Sleep

Hotel in Tripoli, Libya

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Accommodation in Libya is no longer very expensive. As a matter of fact, hotel rooms begin at 6 dinars, or US$4. The most expensive hotels cost around 125-150 dinars, or $100 to 125.
Tripoli has the most expensive hotels, though challenged by Benghazi. However, the large cities has plenty of cheap hotels, while small places may lack such options.
Hotels in Libya is getting better, comfort is not bad at all. Not up to Tunisia, but you will be safe from the awful Egyptian bed standard. Service is also getting better.
Camping is fully accepted in Libya, and as many places either have only expensive hotels, or nothing at all, bringing the necessary equipment for camping is recommended. However, always ask around for local preferences, some local authorities will not like it if you camp without notifying them first.
Private lodging is also possible, in some places quite common. The rule is that the option will find you, either at the taxi or bus station, or if the last hotel room is full, the receptionist will do his best to help you.
Libya is not a good country for gourmets, there are more metres between each restaurant compared to Tunisia. The Libyan cuisine largely belongs to Sahara cuisine, which is terribly dull. When travelling in Libya, you should expect to eat very simple food at times, and in many small towns there may not be any restaurants at all. The solution then is of course to check food stores for what they have, and expect very little. Still, some food stores will make you a sandwich.
Libyan cuisine include couscous, served very much in the same manner as in the rest of Maghrib. Bazin is some sort of a hard cake, but without sugar. Aysh is a bit like bazin, but softer. The Libyan shurba, soup, is very much like its Tunisian equivalent. In the restaurants of Libya, there is often served an international cuisine, while simpler restaurants sepcialise in lambs meat, chicken, vegetable stews, potatoes and macaroni.
Alcohol is banned, and only served in private company. Libyan tea is very strong, and often served with mint or peanuts. Coffee in Libya is fairly basic, more and more instant coffee is gaining ground.

By Tore Kjeilen