Travel to Alexandria, the port of the senses and oriental allure.
Where the Mediterranean meets the Egyptian land, a few kilometers away from the Nile Delta, lies Alexandria, a historic city, a major port and economic center of Egypt, and one of the most active metropolitan centers of the Mediterranean. The city founded by Alexander the Great still maintains a Greek aura today, as it tries to balance between its Arab character and its European cosmopolitanism. Alexandria, on the crossroads of civilizations and centuries-old spiritual tradition, is transformed into a popular tourist destination, a unique kaleidoscope of oriental images and senses.
Between the Egyptian desert and the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria awakens historical memories, through monuments, sights and routes, which reveal its importance. The Corniche Road crosses the coastal front of the city, leading, through small and picturesque coves, to Stanley Bridge and the historical monuments of the city. The new library (Bibliotheca Alexandrina),
futuristically designed, becomes a modern ark of knowledge, along with the fortress Qaitbay, which stands proud and imperious in the place of the ancient Lighthouse and gazes at the most beautiful panorama, towards the Mediterranean Sea and the heart of the city. Pompey's column impresses with its robustness, while along with the Roman amphitheater, they reflect the stigma of power and supremacy of Alexandria in Roman times. The emotion charges as we enter the atmosphere in Cavafy's house and in the Greek Patriarchate, while the famous carved burial monument of El Sokafa submits every visitor to a state of devoutness and awe.
In the blooming gardens of the Montazah Palace, the soul rests, having enjoyed the most charming route in the history and cultural tradition of a city that knows how to charm and move visitors, as a genuine oriental lady of Egypt.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in Alexandria offers a huge range of flavors and dishes with top quality raw materials. Lamb, seafood, and all sorts of appetizers, play a leading role in the flavors of local cuisine. Taste traditional Egyptian flavors, kebabs and koftas (meatballs), falafel, duul (fava puree), kushari (a mixture of pasta, rice and lentils, with spicy tomato sauce), humus (chickpea puree) and molokhiyya and aysh baladí. From the sweet flavors, stand out desserts such as baklava, kunafeh and umm Ali, while the rice pudding rozbel Laban, will leave you with nice impressions.
Best time to visit Alexandria
Ideally, choose the periods of spring and autumn for a visit to Alexandria and to avoid the intense heat and humidity of summer.
How to use transportation in Alexandria
Transfer from/to Alexandria
The airport Borg Al – Arab, is located 45 km away. Move to the city centre either by bus (no. 555), which leads to El Raml bus station, or by taxi, having, however, agreed in advance the price of the transfer before boarding.
Commuting around the city is carried out by public transport, in a place where traffic chaos is an integral part of its everyday life. Choose buses, minibuses, trams or even taxis for your transportation in the center or in places of tourist interest.