Best Places to Visit in Libya

There's no denying it: Libya is in shambles. The country has not fared well after the Arab Spring protests in 2011, which followed more than 40 years of iron-fist dictatorship by Muammar Gaddafi. Today, civil war and factional conflicts run across the country, fanaticism is rampant, and much of the country's former splendor is in ruins. But all wars must come to an end, and expectations that Libya will re-enter the tourist fold are still alive.

So, despite today's FCO warnings and travel bans, we look forward to a time when this great slab of the old Maghreb can show off its glorious Roman ruins and crumbling Greek cities; when the energy of metropolises like Tripoli and Benghazi can wow visitors; when the rugged Mediterranean coastline can shine and shimmer; and when the deep Islamic cultures and histories of the place can peak through in dusty medinas and Bedouin camel towns.

Let's have a look at some of the top spots to visit in Libya: