The ancient Roman sites of Leptis Magna and Sabratha lie to the east of Tripoli, easily reached within a couple of hours.
Their stunning location and fascinating history already attract a modest number of local visitors, but with a new interim government in office, there is already talk of how to attract more foreigners to Libya.
Imagine Knossos in Crete, the pyramids in Egypt or Pompei in Italy. Now, imagine no crowds. That is Libya.
“When people hear you are from Libya all they can say is Gaddafi,” laments Ahmed, an engineering student from the beach-side neighbourhood that nestles beside the limestone ruins of Leptis Magna.
His is a generation that sees enormous growth and opportunity in a Libya that defines its own terms.