Location: 75 miles east of Tripoli

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 traveling alongside the Algerian border.
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"Cake & Icing" architecture


Waha Hotel

Covered Lane

Track from Ghadames to Ghat

Track from Ghadames to Ghat

Track from Ghadames to Ghat

Algerien/Libyan Border

Track from Ghadames to Ghat

Grand Dune


Traditional House
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