Gharyan sprawls across the top of the plateau at the end of the Jebel Nafusa. Its located about 100 km south of the capital Tripoli and just before Yefren. Its famous for the underground Berber troglodyte houses/caves. These underground houses/caves were build by ancient Berber inhabitants of the area and provided a refuge from cold winters, hot summers and invaders. The houses were invisible to all but those within a few hundred meters. The root Ghar in the name Gharyan, means cave. It s possible to spend the night here. Gharyan and neighboring Bughilan are famous throughout Libya for their pottery. Stalls line the road in from Tripoli selling everything from big serving bowls and dishes to small pots and storage jars pottery.