Libya
LAST UPDATED 25/11/2007
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Level of surfing

Beginner

Quality of surf

Average

Call code

218

Net code

ly

Area

1759540

Coastline

1,770 km

Climate

Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior

Hazards

Extreme Heat, Difficult Access

Best Months

November - December

Population

6036914

Currency

Dinar (LYD) Libyan dinars per US dollar - 1.3108 (2006)

Time Zone

EET (UTC+2)

Special Requirements

Private Beaches, Special Pass / Permits, Lengthy VISA Process, Non tourist Friendly, Strict Religious Observance

surfing

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Barghathi: Benghazi coastline; 2006

Libya is only now coming onto the worlds surfing radar. Tourism is again a safe option in the area. When the Sirocco is blowing, Mediterranean surfers wait for the dust to clear to see what new spots they have discovered along this frontier. Try Benghazi around December for a very rare treat.

The main timings for the sirocco and mistral swells and winds are in the Northern Hemisphere Autumn and Spring (March and November) This would probably be the best time to plan your Mediterranean surf trip, though sitting this far east in the sea will give you the best chance of catching any swell generated from favourable weather systems.

Another source of swell is the storm cells of the North Atlantic. Many of these cells descend along the Irish coastline and then outwards along the Atlantic Coast. Occasionally certain cells in Winter (Dec-Jan) can sweep across southern Spain and into the Med. This is a rare but notable event that can send swell hurtling in a 360 degree radius, lighting up  points and reefs that see rideable surfing options maybe once or twice per year.

what to pack

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CraveMaxim: Teashades; 10 July 2007

A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life. Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoe's.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for sightseeing. Beach clothing & sandals will be useful if you are going in the warm season. Have a pair of thongs/slippers for wearing at the place you are staying cause you may not want to walk around bare footed in a public area.....

Try to choose classics, and items that you can mix and match. Have at least one set of nicer clothing for more formal occasions.

Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti hastamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.

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