Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya, the main city (or capital) of the Cyrenaica region. It is an old city on the Mediterranean North East Coast of Libya combining magnificent buildings with large, open spaces. During World War II Benghazi was bombed more than 1000 times and saw a lot of destruction. After Libya's independance the city was rebuilt and became one of the most attractive cities in North Africa. Benghazi is currently a war zone following an extended period of civil war and conflict.
Central Benghazi is where the majority of Benghazi's historical monuments are located, and has the city's most popular tourist attractions. Virtually all of Benghazi's theatres, libraries, best clothing stores, markets and old mosques can be found there. The Italian quarter is also located in the centre. The central districts are mostly residential and commercial areas such as Sidi Hsayn.
Things to See & Do
* al-Nakheel Beach
* The Medina – oldest section of the city
* Benghazi Cathedral
* Ancient architectural remains
* Museum of the Crimes of the Dictator
Cruise Season – Oct - May
Currency – Dinar (LYD)
Language – Arabic, Berber
Population – 1,050,000 approx
Land Area – 314 km²
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 218
Transport Links – Benina Airport is located 20km from the city centre and serves national and international flights.
National and international coach services depart and arrive at Benghazi's coach station at Al-Funduq with regular journeys to Tripoli, as well as international services to Cairo, Amman and Damascus.