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Alexandria Travel Guide: 671 reviews and 1,764 photos

Egypt's Mediterranean city

Alexandria lies on a most wonderful sweep of bay. The Corniche is 25 km long . The picture shows Qait Bey in the backround to the right, built on the site of the old Pharos lighthouse.
There is much to see from museums and catacombs , and do from swimming to sight seeing.
It is home to the new Alexandria library- a modern piece of architecture, to The Montazah palace of the late King Farouk, and to Roman and Egyptian archaeological sites, both on land and under water.
It is a Mediterraneun city, so you do not feel as if you are in Africa..

Montazah Palace

This Disney-like castle lies to the east of Alexandria bay. It was King Farouk's summer Palace. Originally built by Abbas II, it was restored by King Fuad I. It is an amazing piece of architecture in a great situation. The gardens in summer are a blaze of colour and wandering through the grounds is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The grounds are extensive [350 acres] and there is a small harbour.

Villa of Birds

Those interested in the past are not neglected in this city. There are Egyptian and Roman antiquities to be seen. Beside the semi-circular Roman theatre has been uncovered the so-called Villa of Birds, because there is a mosaic floor with brightly coloured birds.
This has been covered by a structure which protects the mosaics, so hopefully the colours will not fade.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:pleasant city with old world atmosphere
  • Cons:becoming more developed
  • In a nutshell:Old Europe on the shores of Africa
  • Last visit to Alexandria: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 24, 2006
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Such a steep history for a city created by the Great, and then under Roman control besides. YOu did an excellent job of describing the sites, and the pictures enhance the pages.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Alexandria looks and sounds quite appealing. The Sidi Busiri Mosque looks beautiful, so do the Montazah palace and gardens, nice page!

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    I enjoyed a lot this virtual tour of Alexandria - the place I know only from "The Alexandria Quartet" by Durrel and as the birthplace of Kawafis.

  • Elodie_Caroline's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    A lovely page Shane, I would love to see a lot of the architecture in Egypt. The Montazah Palace is absolutely beautiful! Hastings smells fishy too lol.

  • TheLongTone's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks for the birthday greeting & the compliment on my Alex photo. Sometimes the light is with you... Truly sabah an noor.

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Hi Shane. It's beautiful. Alexandria is always on top of my future trip to Egypt. Thanks for sharing. Regards from Toronto

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 1:21 AM

    I am sorry alexandria has lost its international atmosphere when there were thousands of jews, greeks, italians and christians ; by the way, I would love to travel to sudan but I am a little scared

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 2:02 AM

    I honestly did not think that Alexandria had this much to offer. thanks for the info ;-)

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 4:48 AM

    Interesting page with great pictures. Best wishes.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Thanx, Shane, for sharing. I wonder if I have to take Alexandria in my first 2-3 weeks trip to Egypt. Avi

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