Alexandria amphitheatre, Egypt


Welcome to Alexandria

Alexandria, in Egypt, is the beauty of Greco-Roman civilization. The second largest city in Egypt was established by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago. From the Greek and Roman Empires until British colonial rule, the city served as the jewel in the crown of several Empires in the area. In Alexandria, countless fascinating layers of history and culture are just waiting to be exposed. Explore the souks in your neighbourhood, Pompey’s Column, and several historical ruins. 

How To Get There

Air: The primary entry point for tourists from North America is Borg el Arab Airport (HBE).  

Train: Arriving in Alexandria from Cairo Ramses Station is a fantastic option. A “Turbo” service is preferred because slower trains may not always have air conditioning, which is crucial in Alexandria’s warm to hot Egypt weather.

Car: Rent a car from the airport as the arrival terminals have Budget and Europcar branches. Follow Highway 75 directly into the centre of Alexandria to enter the city. The quickest route if you are coming from Cairo is highway 75, but you can alternatively take the road through Tanta, which has beautiful stretches along the Nile Delta. 

Bus: Many bus companies are in service between Cairo and Alexandria, including Super Jet, Golden Arrow, West Delta, and El Gouna. Expect the journey to take three or more hours.

Getting Around Alexandria

Public Transportation: The primary and most affordable means of transportation in Alexandria are trams and buses. A single tram fee charges E£0.50, and the Ramleh Line is a fantastic way to get around the Corniche. Bus rates range from E0.50 to E1.50.

Taxi: In Central Alexandria, taxis are necessary, but visitors should use caution. Due to the lack of meters in Alexandrian taxis, decide on a fare before you leave. Asking drivers to serve as guides for the day (or even the entire week) is a popular option, and most locals are eager to agree on payment. You should budget approximately E£100 each day for the pleasure.

Car: Renting a car is an excellent alternative if you want complete freedom and the chance to visit the coast and the Nile Delta. In Alexandria, you can rent a car from firms like Budget, Hertz, and Europcar at daily rates of about E£120. You should be aware that Egyptian drivers aren’t afraid to use their horns, and you should do the same. Otherwise, as long as you drive safely, everything should be alright.

Places Of Interest

Alexandria City

Alexandria City

Alexandria’s history is full of ancient civilizations and cultures, such as the Ptolemies, the Greeks, and the Romans. Alexander the Great founded the city some 1400 years before Cairo was established, becoming one of the most prosperous cultural cities of the ancient world. Book tour here.

Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos)

Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos)

The lighthouse of Alexandria is amongst the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Necropolis is one of the seven wonders of medieval times.

Great Library of Alexandria

Great Library of Alexandria

Alexander the Great, who founded the city of Alexandria in the 4th century BC, later became the cultural and intellectual centre of the Hellenistic world. The Library of Alexandria was the largest in the ancient world and was the most famous, housing outstanding scholars of the time from science and literature. The new library resembled an angled disc or a sundial designed by the Norwegian firm Snohetta.

Museum of Antiquities

Museum of Antiquities

The Antiquities Museum is located inside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and is a great place to learn more about the city and its role in the earliest Mediterranean region. The great conqueror, Alexander the Great, who would control what was then the majority of the known world, is the centre of the museum’s narrative when the city was first established. It’s undoubtedly one of the top museums and things to do in this destination, with a fantastic collection of antiquities and archaeological treasures on exhibit. Book tour here.

citadel of qaitbay

Citadel of Qaitbay

Visit the Citadel of Qaitbay, where you can learn more about the city’s recent past. It is a monument and an excellent example of historical heritage and architectural beauty.
Although it looks like a small sandcastle from a distance, the Citadel of Qaitbay is an impressive fortress and has become an essential icon of Alexandria. Enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea from here. Book tour here.

Montazah Palace

Montazah Palace

Al Montazah Palace is a Royal Palace you cannot miss. Distinguished by its extensive, beautiful gardens and royal palaces remaining from its royal heritage. The gardens of the Montaza Palaces are a popular tourist attraction.Although it looks like a small sandcastle from a distance, the Citadel of Qaitbay is an impressive fortress and has become an essential icon of Alexandria. Enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea from here. Book tour here.

Pompey's Pillar

Pompey’s Pillar

Pompey’s Pillar is one of the remains of Roman antiquities that still exist today and is one of the world’s oldest and highest memorial columns.
It consists of a large granite column dating from the Roman period, forming part of the ruins of a vast Roman complex in Alexandria hundreds of years ago.

Alexandria Corniche

Alexandria Corniche

Take a stroll down the Alexandria Corniche to get a sense of the size of this enormous city. Strolling along this lengthy path bordering the Mediterranean Sea, you will witness the legendary city of Alexandria across the water, where countless empire builders. Enter one of the neighbourhood’s seaside cafes or pubs after a long walk to unwind and enjoy the ambience. 

Alexandria Souk

Alexandria Souk

Jumping headfirst into the souk district in Alexandria is something one has to do as you rapidly become lost among the maze of shops and market booths. A thriving marketplace that draws travellers and business people from all over the Mediterranean. Find some great deals if you haggle hard in the stores. Similarly, the shops’ allure may quickly leave you with empty pockets.

Stanley Bridge

Stanley Bridge

Walking across these expansive feet of excellent engineering, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, is a must-do activity while you are there. There are numerous viewing places and giant towers on the 400-meter-long bridge. Although it’s incredible to see at night, it can get crowded.

Where To Stay

Alexandria is in a great location close to Egypt’s busy city centre yet far enough to be on the Mediterranean coast.

Luxury Hotels

Hilton Alexandria Corniche

Hilton Alexandria Corniche is a luxurious beachfront hotel situated in the heart of Alexandria, Egypt. With its stunning sea views, spacious rooms, and state-of-the-art facilities, it offers an unforgettable experience to its guests.

Mid-Range Hotels

Miramar Boutique Hotel

The Miramar Boutique Hotel is located across from the sea, 1.5 miles from Sidi Gaber Train Station, 2.5 miles from Alexandria Zoo. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing  getaway with great hotel staff, rooms, and location.

Budget Hotels

Plaza Hotel

Enjoy a convenient location on El Gueish Street 394 and is 8 kilometres from the centre of Alexandria, offering a wide range of amenities by the magnificent 4-star hotel for a great holiday get away. Conveniently located next to the elite San Stefano Mall.

Four Seasons Hotel

The stunning boutique suites at San Stefano are enchanting. There is a top-notch spa, an infinity pool, and ocean views. A genuine highlight is the beautiful Italian and Lebanese food.

Budget Benefit Break

It is a budget-friendly hotel located in the heart of Alexandria, a 5-minute walk from Cleopatra Beach, offering comfortable accommodation and modern amenities at an affordable price. Perfect for budget-conscious travelers.

Green Plaza Inn Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Smouha district, close to most transportation facilities. Every room of the hotel has tiled floors, a minibar, and satellite TV is amenities in every room. The hotel restaurant offers daily breakfast buffet.

Where To Eat

Le Refuge Restaurant: One of the oldest family-operated French restaurants in old town. If you stop here for supper, try their Bouillabaisse, Escalope De Veau Française, or Filet De Porc Au Roquefort. They also have pre-theatre, after-theatre, and three-course fixed-price lunch menus. Don’t forget to ask about their top wine selections.

Landini Brothers Restaurant: Landini Brothers Restaurant, close to Carlyle House Historical Park, is one of the best eateries in Alexandria, Virginia, serving top-notch Italian cuisine.   Choose from various menu pasta, fish, and veal entrees for dinner.

Nasime Japanese Restaurant: Only a short distance from Lorien Hotel & Spa, Nasime Japanese Restaurant is perfect for traditional and contemporary Japanese food. Despite being modest, it offers a cosy, elegant ambience.  The extensive seven-course tasting menu at Nasime includes everything from grilled or fried foods to raw and casserole-like specialities.

Taverna Cretekou: A Greek eatery perfect after a stirring day in Old Town. Eat in their elegant dining room or large patio with a garden. Arni Youvesti, Kalamarakia Tiganita, Kotopoullo Lemonato, and Paidakia are their specialities.

Final Thoughts

Alexandria is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination for travelers. Home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos Lighthouse, and the legendary Library of Alexandria, the city offers a unique opportunity to explore the remnants of a bygone era. Stroll through picturesque streets lined with colorful buildings, visit stunning museums and galleries, and indulge in delicious seafood at local restaurants. With its warm weather, stunning beaches, and friendly locals, Alexandria is a truly unforgettable travel experience.  

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