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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.
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.
Frequently asked questions about Alexandria, Egypt
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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.
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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 spent a beautiful sunny day in Alexandria, full of discoveries with Samah, thank you for sharing her knowledge with us. Thank you also to the driver who accompanied us throughout the tour
Everything was very nice. New and clean car, with good and friendly driver (not english speaking). Guide with us in Alexandria. Very knowledgeble with very good english.
One of the best tour in Egypt. Heba was the best guide I’ve ever had. I strongly recommend. Mostafa is a very kind person too.
Excellent driver and guide ( Mahmoud). Both were very helpful and caring. We had all we needed.
Amazing tour with amazing guide. Unforgettable experience. Professional service.