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Libya is a land of startling variety - and famously hospitable people (many of whom are very young: a large proportion of the population is aged under 15). The country reaches from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the vast, empty stretches of the Sahara. So there's plenty to do. You can visit ancient Greek and Roman sites, dive among submerged ruins or watch the sun rise over vast desert tracts. Then take some time to windsurf along extensive, unspoilt beaches and then bargain for figs and dates in colourful markets. The north offers the green mountains of Jebel Akhdar, the great archaeological remains of Leptis Magna and the temples and tombs of Cyrene. Tripoli, the capital, is an intriguing mix of Turkish and Italian colonial architecture set beside a labyrinthine old walled city. The south of Libya offers great seas of sand, with camel trails, spectacular shifting dunes and a sprinkling of verdant, oleander–filled oases. HI has hostels in a number of incredible locations across the country.