Alexandria, Egypt

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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.

  • Alexandria National Museum

    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.

  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina

    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.

  • Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa

    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.

  • Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

    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.

  • Delices

    5. Delices

    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.

  • Diving

    6. Diving

    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

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 436 reviews

Overall experience was very nice. Our guide Mohamed Kafafy, was fun and knowledgeable. We felt safe and well taken care of. The places we visited were very interesting and well explained. We had a great lunch. In terms of what could have been better, there are a few minor things. The driver had his seat all the way back and so reclined that his back was barely touching it, so I didn't have much legroom in the back. Also the driver was driving at up to 190kmh, which didn't make us feel terribly comfortable either. Due to covid restrictions we didn't see the library. We also didn't get contacted by the agency within 24 hours after ordering the tour. Other than that it was really great.

It was a wonderful trip for us. Firstly, our guide Mohamed Kafafy was great. He told us not only Alexanderia, all of Old Egyptian history and informed us well. He is also very funny and friendly. During our time in Alexanderia we had visited all places and had lunch in a luxury fish restaurant. Do not hesitate to choose Oceanair Travels Tour to Alexanderia from Cairo

Esraa was very professional and kind with us. She showed us all about Alessandria, with lot of curiosities and details about Egyptian culture and religion. Luch was very good and in a seasight place. We suggest everyone this experience. Alessandria without Esraa would be very difficult to reach and no so fun.

We were picked up right on time and had a very comfortable drive from Cairo to Alexandria to meet our guide Karim. Karim was fun, entertaining, full of interesting information. He made our two days interesting and lively. The trip was exactly as described and we enjoyed it very much.

Great tour. Our tour guide, Mohamed, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, we had a great experience.