WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT alexandria
- The essential stopover for any trip into the Western Desert
- Absorb the Mediterranean ambience and charm of the old European residences, cafes and Greco Roman monuments
- Visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa and underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura
- Explore the city's vibrant arts scene and gain an insight into modern Egypt
- Make a day trip to Al Alamein to visit the war memorials from WWII
OUR SPECIALISTS ‘MUST DO’
Visit the Coptic Cathedral of St Mark and walk the Cornice at sunset.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT Alexandria
The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. Its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 kms from Cairo.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Alexandria was also the centre of learning in the ancient world. But ancient Alexandria declined, and when Napoleon landed, he found a sparsely populated fishing village. From the 19th century Alexandria took a new role, as a focus for Egypt's commercial and maritime expansion. This Alexandria has been immortalized by writers such as E.M. Forster and Cavafy. Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here and made the city synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture.
The Alexandrian coastline is dotted with beautiful bays and harbours, such as Abu-Qir and the crescent-shaped Alexandrian Eastern Harbour which is overlooked by the majestic Qaitbay Fortress. The Cornice in Alexandria is a treat during both summer and winter. Starting from Ras El Tin and stretching all the way to Montazah you can enjoy spectacular views of the White Mediterranean.
Alexandria is a city to explore at random. It's as important to enjoy the atmosphere as it is to see the sights.
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Alexandria is in the spring months between February and June when the days are warm and dry.