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“Ptolemais - Tolmeida”
Review of Ptolemais

Ptolemais
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Benghazi
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Benghazi, Libya
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Ptolemais - Tolmeida”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Although Libya is not a country open to tourism at all, has the potential to do so. Its Mediterranean coast is the main attraction but for those who enjoy visiting historical places the Greco-Roman ruins of Libya, in both region of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, are an archaeological treasure. Though Tolmeita is not as extensive as Cyrene, I must admit that was more enjoyable. It is fascinating experience, especially when you can see the water channels, Byzantine cisterns and ponds where they were stored. I walked all the ruins of ancient city on a Friday, where my husband and I, we were the only visitors, contrary to Cyrene always full of visitors. I enjoyed it, it was like traveling back in time. The ruins are waterfront in an area visited by swimmers, women should not go alone and whether they will enjoy the water should do it with baggy clothes, for respect to the traditions. Remember that Libya is a traditional Muslim country.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Benghazi, Banghazi, Libya
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing Place”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

OMG, It's very very amazing place, the sea, the sand and the atmosphere.
I recommended this place to go while you in Libya

Visited February 2013
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Benghazi, Libya
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“history plus beach”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

in comparison to Cyrene it is much simpler and smaller place but it has its own ruins (outside and inside the sea), nice beach, not very TOURISTIC-SETUP place, but if you are visiting cyrene it worth visiting.

Visited March 2013
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Tripoli
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A little jewel in Libya”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Ptolemais is a great stop when traveling between Benghazi and Cyrene. It is a little jewel of another historical site of ruins in Libya. Unfortunately, the grounds haven't been well kept up during the revolution, but the site itself has been preserved. Locals now use it as a picnic spot as well as for grazing their animals, and have thus littered it with some trash, but with a little clean-up, it will be great. Ptolemais had the nicest of the bathrooms that I have seen at any of the historical sites in Libya, and it also had a great little restaurant (provided it is open) where we had lunch. I would recommend this site if you have the time in your itinerary to see it. If not, it can also easily be skipped to go onto the larger sites of Cyrene & Apollonia.

Visited May 2012
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Tripoli, Libya
Level 5 Contributor
22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Apart of moon”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

.. i went this place after revaluation 17 Feb .. with friend one day ... nice . great .. if you wanna go to Benghazi .. you must to visit it ..

Visited December 2011
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