Ghadames(both: gədä`mĕs), town, W Libya, in an oasis in the Sahara, near the borders with Algeria and Tunisia. It was long an important caravan center on the route from Tripoli to West Africa. The town was held by the Romans and was captured (7th cent.) by the Arabs. In 1830, it submitted to the dey of Tripoli. The town was occupied by the Italians in 1924 and in 1943, during World War II, by the French.
an oasis and city in northwestern Libya in the province of al-Jarbi al-Gharbi, near the border with Algeria and Tunisia. Population, 7,000-8,000. The oasis is a junction on the trans-Sahara highway and caravan paths and has an airport. There are groves of date palms and other fruit trees. Handicrafts include leather goods, carpets, slippers, and baskets.