The capital of the Matrouh Governorate, Marsa Matrouh is renowned for its breath-taking beaches that are a result of the shore being naturally sheltered by rocks. The most famous beaches being: Cleopatra's Beach, Gharam Beach, Rommel's Beach, the White Beach, Bajoush Beach, and Alam al-Roum. Enjoy walking along these beautiful sandy beaches barefoot.
During summer the town becomes a prime beach location for tourists and Egyptians alike.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Marsa Matrouh:
- Mediterranean Flavour: While in Marsa Matrouh be sure to sample the local specialties which have a different flavour than the cuisine found inland: fresh fish and seafood are cooked here like nowhere else in the country. Other options include the traditional Egyptian quick eats such as kebab and kofta sandwiches (minced meat scewers), taameya and ful. Matrouh’s most recommended restaurants are located on Alexandria Street (Sharia Iskandariya) and the sea front (Al-Corniche).
- Bathing in the Blue: Marsa Matrouh is famous for the azure of its coast and the beauty of its beaches; women however are expected by the locals to dress “modestly” on public beaches. But there’s no need to overdo it: wearing a loose t-shirt over your swim suit is enough ladies!
- Desert access: Marsa Matrouh is not far from the Siwa Oasis, so if you’re planning a trip into the desert Marsa Matrouh can serve as a convenient starting point.
- Culture Vultures: 24 km away from Marsa Matrouh, you can explore the ruins of Ramses II Temple, which dates back to the 26th dynasty (1200 BC). The site is known as Om El-Rajm or Omm El Rakhm, it was discovered by the archaeologist Labib Habash back in 1942, and houses some admirable hieroglyphic inscriptions referring to the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
- Remember to wear light clothes, sun glasses and sun screen for protection against the sun.
Facts About: Marsa Matrouh
|Population : 68500
||Area Code : 46
||Distance to Siwa : 300 km
||Distance to Alex : 290 km