Founded by Alexander the Great, this ‘Pearl of The Mediterranean’ is one of the most important centres of culture and literature in the Mediterranean and in Egypt. Additionally to the majestic Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Greco-Roman Museum and the Royal Jewellery Museum, the town houses a Fine Arts Museum and Cultural Centre (www.fineart.gov.eg
) where you’ll find a spectacular collection of sculptures, paintings and architectural works, and “Cavafy’s House”, a museum dedicated to the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) who lived in Alexandria. The museum is located in the poet’s old house on Lepsius Street (also known as Sharm el Sheikh Street).
Alexandria is also Egypt’s second largest city. The town bustles with life and is a beautiful vacation spot. Here are some tips you can make use of while in Alexandria:
- Remember to apply lots of sun screen before jumping into the crystal Alexandrian waters. The sun is usually a lot stronger that it looks!
- Recommended Readings: Before heading to Alexandria, find your inspiration in "The Alexandria Quartet", a tetralogy of novels written by Lawrence Durrell, go further in time to the early 20th century when Constantine Cavafy wrote many of his hellenistic era-inspired poems, or even better take along a very special guidebook, dating back to 1922, "Alexandria: A History and Guide" written by E.M. Forster.
- Don’t miss out on a hearty sea food meal at one of Alexandria’s many sea food restaurants. A number of them have spectacular views overlooking the White Med coast. Here are some tips for choosing fish: pick fish that are blemish-free with the outside skin being neither slippery nor soggy, look for clear shiny eyes, red gills and a firm body. Bon appétit!
- For a cultural/gastronomic experience in Alexandria, pay a visit to the legendary “Pastroudis” Greek Restaurant. Pastroudis is the name of a Greek adventurer who settled in Alexandria and established the bakery – which expanded to become a restaurant – in 1923. The place is proud to have had hosted regularly King Farouk in the 1940’s. The Egyptian president Sadat was also a regular customer of the shop.
- Additionally to the majestic Abu Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque, Alexandria is home to beautiful mosques such as Al-Imam Al-Bousari mosque and the Nabi Daniel Mosque which are both worth a visit.
- Besides the beautiful Cathedral of St Mark, Alexandria houses some beautiful historical churches, including the Greek Church (in Menshiya), the Greco-Orthodox Patriarchate, St. Catherine’s Church and the Church of the Sacred Heart.
- Diving for the Alexandria ruins is a unique unforgettable experience if you're seeking a new diving rush.
- Thanks to its pleasant climate, Alexandria hosts some of the North Coast’s most beautiful and lush gardens. The Montazah Palace Gardens and the Antoniadis Gardens are not to be missed. Antoniadis Gardens are located in the Semouha area, next to the Zoological Gardens of Alexandria, they were once owned by a Greek, Sir John Antoniadis, before being turned over to the Egyptian authorities in 1918.
From Alex, you can head to King Mariout (35 Km) - a renowned therapeutic destination for rheumatism patients, Abu Mena (50 km) for a visit to St Mena Monastery, lake Burullus for ecotourism ,Qattar Depression for a dessert expedition, Borg el-Arab (52 Km) for the upscale touristic resorts entertainment and to the pristine beaches of Sidi Abdel-Rahman (127 Km)
Facts About: Alexandria
|Town Area : 40 sq km
||Population : 4.1 million
||Visitors per Year : 5 million
||Area Code : 3