Ghadames
Location: 200 miles south-west of Nalut, 400 miles south-west of Tripoli

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Suggested Itineraries:
Classical Cities of Libya
Jewels of the Desert
Deserts and Romans
Portrait of Tripolitania
 

Described as the Pearl of the Desert, Ghadames is an attractive oasis town on the edge of the Sahara near the border with Algeria. It was once the southern outpost of the Roman Empire although there is now little evidence other than tombs. The old town of Ghadames is very picturesque, notable for its "cake and icing" architecture and its labyrinthine streets. Interesting sites include the cultural Museum, the Traditional House richly decorated in local style, the Great Mosque, and the Main Square once used as a slave market. Outside of town is to be found Ain al-Dibana Lake (which, although inviting on a hot day, is not recommended for a swim as it is a salt lake and there are no showers available!). There is also a grand sand dune area for those who will not be venturing into the desert proper and who would like a taste of the Sahara.

Ghadames is also the starting point for the overland desert route to Ghat travelling alongside the Algerian border.

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"Cake & Icing"
architecture

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Museum

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Waha Hotel

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Covered Lane

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Traditional House

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Mosque

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Grand Dune

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Track from
Ghadames to Ghat

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Track from
Ghadames to Ghat

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Algerian/Libyan
Border

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Track from
Ghadames to Ghat

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Track from
Ghadames to Ghat

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