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michael c wrote a review Dec 2018
Ahus, Sweden1,006 contributions276 helpful votes
when in Gharyan / Al-Qawasim then you have to visit and stay overnight at the Trygliodyte caves there. truly unique and great experience.
Date of experience: December 2018
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Bilgasem wrote a review Aug 2013
Tripoli1 contribution1 helpful vote
The exact name of this place is: - Troglodyte dwelling and this was common accommodation system some three hundred years ago when there was no sort of modern engineering .
Date of experience: September 2012
Marcio A wrote a review May 2012
Lisbon, Portugal72 contributions108 helpful votes
You will probably hear that Gharian is an interesting town up in the mountains, with a mild climate. This is true for Libyan standards. But don´t expect to find a pitoresque village sorrounded by green mountains. Said that, I think it´s worth the trip in order to have a glimpse of the Libyan countryside. Since you´re in Libya, why not? You will see everything is quite dry, except for date trees and occasional olive trees.Gharian is about 1h drive south of Tripoli. The pottery is really beautiful and the prices are very good. It´s sold in stalls along the road. Choose one (the prices don´t change much). They make beautiful, colorful, clay plates and pans. People don´t normally speak English, but they´re always friendly and will find a way of communicating with you (this is part of the fun of being in Libya). Take your time, the seller will not try to push anything. In fact, he will probably ask where you come from and will be happy to have a visitor from so far away. If you rent a car, you should take the airport road, then follow towards Al-azyzya (in Azyzya you won´t find any signs, so you should ask for directions. After the city center, don´t turn right, keep ahead and you´ll probably find the road). A better options is probably to arrange with a taxi driver to take you to Gharian. I suppose you can also arrange with a travel agency (probably more expensive than a taxi, anyway). In Gharian there are also interesting houses underground (´troglodites´) - like the ones in Matmata, Tunisia. A travel agency could probably arrange for you to have a typical Libyan lunch there. Otherwise, I suggest you take some food with you. There is no proper restaurant in Gharian. Also, it could be extremely difficult to find a toilet.…
Date of experience: June 2011
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