Top attractions in Alexandria, Egypt
Top 7 things to do in Alexandria
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. Also known as 'The Pearl of the Mediterranean', its atmosphere is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. The city evolved from a small port town into one of the most important metropolis in ancient Egypt, and is now a treasure to visit and explore its beauty and history.
1. Alexandria National Museum
This wonderfully restored Italianate villa used to be home to the US consulate. Engage in the city's heritage from antiquity until the modern period and see the ancient artifacts.
2. Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This awesome building has a large angled discus embedded in the ground, representing a second sun rising out of it. Inside you'll find a depth of information about ancient Alexandria, including various museums and a planetarium.
3. Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa
After a donkey went underground these tombs, part of the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt was found. Deep underground you'll see burial rituals of various cultures.
4. Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum
A wonderful open museum from the Greco-Roman period in Egyptian history, Pompey’s Pillar stands in the oldest part of Alexandria. The Serapium was dedicated to the god Serapsis.
Who can say no to a tearoom? The huge plush establishment has been open since 1922. Allied soldiers loved to come here during WWII. Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven.
Dive deep to see some thrilling wrecks and ruins. The three-day wreck-diving safaris go along the coast of Mersa Matrouh exploring sunken German U-boats and Allied cargo ships.
7. Alexandria Film Festival
This festival shows international films and celebrates independent films. Filmmakers produce films on environmental, social and economical issues, architecture, and culture.
Planning Your Visit
Is it safe to go to Egypt just now due to terrorism?
It's best to seek updated and current advice before traveling to this area by checking travel alerts and warnings on government sites. Currently its safe to visit compared to other areas that are on high alert to avoid.
How should couples present themselves here?
Public displays of affection are a no-no. Kissing in the street and public displays of affection will garner an audience. Gay couples should also be very discreet due to the culture here.
Should I be wary of pickpockets?
Yes, you're never too old or experienced to fall for a fast one. Be wary of people trying to distract you and keep everything close to you and in front of you at all times. Pickpocketing is common here, like many other cities.
Good to know
- Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+02:00)
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- Best time to visit
- If you are not a fan of heat, then avoid the summertime and visit in the cooler months of spring and fall. This is a desert climate so you will have warm long days, but cool nights -- so stock up on sunscreen and bring layers.
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What people are saying about Alexandria, Egypt
We went on a wonderful day with Heba. Her level of English was fantastic and she had clearly studied and memorised very well all the relevant facts / anecdotes about the sites! We felt very at ease walking around and were able to answer questions freely. Heba had a lovely spirit to her and the day flew by. We managed to pack a lot in, and despite the Library being unavailable due to the Covid-19 situation, Heba improvised really well and took us to some other equally amazing locations.
We couldn’t have had a nicer tour guide. Ayman was wonderful! I highly recommend asking for him. We felt like we were friends by the end of the trip. We loved Alexandria! We weren’t able to get into the library due to restrictions but Ayman made the trip so much fun.
The day is nicely planned, you see many of the important things in Alexandria, the guide Amina let us some time by ourselves to explore and take pictures. The lunch was very good, seafood as it is specific from Alexandria.
Great tour, really packed with sites. I recommend staying in Alexandria after the tour - so you can experience the city on your own the day after.
We had such an amazing day in Alexandria with a driver and a fantastic guide. I recommend the trip!