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Alexandria Castle, Egypt

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 km 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 Roman Amphitheatre, Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt

The Importance of Alexandria

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.

Lighthouse of Alexandria in Al Montazah - Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt

Ancient Sites and Spectacular Coastline

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.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Explore Ancient Egyptian Ruins

Visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa and underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura.

Visit Al Alamein

Make a day trip to Al Alamein to visit the war memorials from WWII.

Alexandria’s Arts Scene

Explore the city’s vibrant arts scene and gain an insight into modern Egypt.

Architecture of Alexandria

Absorb the Mediterranean ambience and charm of the old European residences, cafes and Greco Roman monuments.

Pool, Al Baleed Resort by Anantara, Salalah, Oman
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Salalah, Oman

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers refreshing luxury in Oman’s southern region of Dhofar. Experience a beachfront oasis that is the first luxury villa resort of its kind in Salalah.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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The choice of accommodation was absolutely excellent throughout! Mohamed Saad, our guide from Luxor onwards, was outstanding and should be recommended strongly. We also hired an ornithological expert ( Shaban ) for a morning - excellent.

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