The beautiful Alexandria city is the largest seaport and the second-largest city in Egypt after Cairo city. It is the window of the country onto the Mediterranean Sea and it has so much soul on its land & sea which enables it to keep its marvelous charm over the years. It was founded by Alexander the Great and the beautiful Queen Cleopatra lorded over it and that is how Alexandria city has become a dazzling jewel of the Mediterranean with its breathtaking treasures & sites just as its impressive Library, its majestic citadel, and lots of other attractive sightseeing that attract hundreds if not thousands of tourists yearly to enjoy its remarkable beauty and to check its hypnotic attractions.
How Safe Is Alexandria for Travel?
Alexandria is a very safe city to visit since it is totally away from any demonstration centers in Egypt and all of its tourist spots are highly protective and the city itself hasn’t witnessed any kind of threat over the lives of its visitors all through the past years so it is a highly recommended city to visit and enjoy while being in Egypt. Here is your guide to the most interesting things to do and to visit in the beautiful Bride of the Mediterranean Sea.
Tips And Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Alexandria
Day Trip from Cairo: Enjoy a terrific tour of Alexandria from Cairo by car to check its fabulous sightseeing just like Fort Qaitbay, Alexandria Library, Pompey’s Pillar, and the Catacombs.
Getting Here: You can simply reach Alexandria city from Cairo by car and it takes only a couple of hours to reach such a gorgeous city.
High Season: the best time to visit Alexandria is actually in the middle of summer as you will enjoy the delightful breeze of the sea and save a lot of money as all hotels offer reasonable accommodation prices during that season.
Best 14 Things & Activities to Do While Being In Alexandria
There are dozens of things to enjoy while being in Alexandria during the whole daytime or even at night so whatever your interests or your requirements, you will definitely find them all in Alexandria. Here are the best things to do while being in Alexandria:
Visit the Legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This is one of the most fascinating sites in Alexandria which is in fact a re-imagining of the ancient Great Library of Alexandria. It hosts a gorgeous cultural center which contains lots of incredible museums artworks and the greatest library all around the world. While being in the main library, you can enjoy a terrific tour all around the extraordinary beautiful exhibitions. You can then move to the Manuscript Museum that contains a really impressive collection of the best ancient scrolls in addition to tens of texts. For extra excitement, you should definitely head to the incredible Antiquities Museum to check the hypnotic Greco-Roman antiquities and some of the most fascinating statuary which was found in the harbor in underwater exploration. There is also the Science Museum, the famous Egyptian Folk art collection, and the marvelous planetarium which was designed especially for children.
Enjoy A Fabulous Tour to Alexandria National Museum
If you would like to get in touch with the fascinating ancient history of the fabulous city of Alexandria, you definitely need to pay a visit to the majestic National Museum in Alexandria which has some of the best and the most exciting artifacts that date back to the Pharaonic era, going through the Hellenistic heyday, up to the Byzantine & the Islamic Periods. You will find their many antiquities, displays, statuary that were found in different parts of the city and even deep underwater to narrate different stories and stages regarding the construction and the history of such a fundamental Egyptian city in addition to some excellent maps that show how the classical city of Alexandria looked like. You can find such a marvelous site in Tariq-Al-Horreya Street.
Don’t Miss A Visit to Qaitbay Citadel
You can have a walk to the west along the corniche to find yourself in front of the most prestigious citadel all over Egypt which is Qaitbay citadel which was constructed in the location of the ancient Lighthouse that has been considered among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The citadel was built by the great Mamluke Sultan Qaitbay who decided to construct it mainly to be able to stand against the attacks of the invaders. Inside the citadel, you can explore lots of stone-walled chambers and you can climb it up until you reach the roof where you can have a look at the whole Mediterranean Sea.
Half An Unforgettable Walk On the Corniche
While being in Alexandria downtown, you will be able to enjoy its amazing wide waterfront road which has a lot to see and the best thing about it is that it combines the elegance with the decadence of the area especially from the end of the 19th century till the beginning of the 20th century. There is much fascinating architecture to see all around you along the corniche and you will find a wide variety of hotels to spend your accommodation at. You will also have many options of restaurants & cafés to have an incredible meal, a snack, or to enjoy a tasty fresh juice.
Explore the Catacombs of Kom El- Shoqafa
This is another interesting site in Alexandria city that is definitely worth your visit. It is located in the Carmous district and it was mainly constructed during the 2nd century AD and the best thing about that site is that it offers the best example of the Egyptian and the Greco-Roman architecture styles. This site was discovered in 1900 and you can find their many levels of sarcophagi & loculi chambers. If you go downstairs, you will find the main chamber and the Sepulchral Chapel. Each of the burial rooms there is wide enough to accommodate at least four mummies.
Enjoy A Visit to the Incredible Pompey’s Pillar
There is a hill in Carmous southwest of the city and it includes there lots of remains of ancient walls, ancient monuments, and some breathtaking architectural fragments that assist you to understand the great beauty of the city. You will find there the wonderful Pompey’s Pillar which rises to a height of around 27 m and it was mainly constructed to honor Diocletian who was the one who used to supply starving people with food. You can take there some fabulous photos next to the column.
Head to the beautiful Montazah Gardens
If you want to spend some time in Alexandria while enjoying its amazing natural beauty, you should with no doubt visit the Oasis of Calm, Montazah Gardens where you will find tens of tall palm trees, some beautiful blossoming flowers, trimmed lawns, and a terrific view to enjoy. It was first established by Khedive Abbas Hilmi in 1890 and it was extended by King Fuad. You will also find a small beach at the end of the coastal end of the park which offers extra chances to enjoy the hypnotic beauty of such an area.
Get the Thrill out of visiting Ras El-Tin Place
This charming palace has been the summer escape for the majority of the Sultans in Egypt who wanted to escape from the unbearable heat of Cairo during summer. The palace is currently used by the Egyptian Navy and the must-be-visited site from the harbor waters is definitely the White Façade which is really a must-visited place and will add a lot to your Egyptian experience.
Enjoy a Memorable Trip to Cleopatra’s Palace
In order to get the real enthusiasm out of your tour in Alexandria, you should dive through the Eastern Harbour area where you will find many ancient archeological sites to explore and the most popular and interesting area is nicknamed “Cleopatra’s Palace”. You will see there some marvelous sphinxes & columns which make it one of the tiptop chances to explore such a terrific underwater experience.
Head With Your Group to Anfushi
It is a working-class district in Alex stretches from the west of Qaitbay citadel. The best time to visit such an area is after sunset when the city becomes the liveliest area where you can explore the best traditional coffeehouses, try the Egyptian sheesha, and taste the best-grilled fish. This area is best known as a fish market where you can find different types of seafood and buy the best of them at totally reasonable prices.
Have A Cultural Tour to Abu Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque
Abu Abbas Al-Mursi mosque is one of the greatest religious sightseeing in Alexandria which was built in 1796 over the tomb of Abu Abass Al-Mursi who has been a Sufi Muslim and he has become a very important religious leader in Alexandria and his teachings are still learned in Egypt. Tourists really love to come to visit such a marvelous site because of its charming façade that has the best Islamic designs. This amazing mosque is located in Mohammed Karim Street.
Have the Best Shopping Tour in the Main Souk Area
If you would like to have an enjoyable shopping tour, then you should check the main souk in Alexandria where you can find nearly everything that may come to your mind from fresh products to silver trinkets. If you would like to get the best possible deal, you should check the local souk that is about lanes full of vendors and sellers and they sell different items like clothes, perfumes, bags, shoes, etc.
Have A Day Trip to El- Alamein War Memorials
This area is located only 112 Km west of Alexandria and it witnessed some bloody battles that happened in 1921 and that site stands now as a reminder of 13 days of fighting that resulted in the death of many soldiers from many countries and in the injury of more than 80000 soldiers. You will also enjoy a visit there to the El-Alamein Museum that contains some of the most valuable items displayed for the public that date back to the war.
Enjoy the Best Diving in Alexandria
You will definitely have a special diving tour in the eastern harbor area in Alex but not to see Coral reefs but to explore some of the majestic ancient underwater ruins. It is such a good chance for divers who love exploration.
Where to Stay in Alexandria??
If you are looking for the most luxurious hotels in Alexandria, you will find them northeast of the city center but regarding the more budget options, you will find them in the center itself. Here are the most well-known hotels that are 100% safe to spend your accommodation at:
Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria, the Hilton Alexandria Corniche, & the Steigenberger Cecil Hotel.
Mid-Range Hotels: Inn Windsor Palace Hotel & Romance Alexandria Corniche.
Budget Hotels: The Alexander the Great Hotel.
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