Alexandria & Northern Coast

Timeless splendors of the Mediterranean

Alexandria the second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern ; its ambiance and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km. from Cairo. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria was the capital and the intellectual center of the Graeco-Roman period in Egypt. Famous for being called the "Pearl of the Mediterranean,” the captivating Alexandria will fascinate you with its mix of history and modernity. Although very little remains of the old city, Alexandria still retains its Mediterranean ambience and old European residence houses, combined with old cafes and Greco Roman monuments. The Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, the underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura and the city’s vibrant arts scene make Alexandria a great sightseeing destination. Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque and the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark are also sights to behold. The beauty and cosmopolitanism of Alexandria inspired great authors such as the British novelist E.M. Forster, the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy who respectively lived in Alexandria in the early and late 19th century, and Lawrence Durrell who lived and wrote about the city during World War II. The Alexandrian coastline extends on no less than 70 km, from the north-western side of the Nile delta to Mariout Lake in the east. The coast is dotted with beautiful bays and harbours, such as Abu-Qir and the crescent-shaped Alexandrian Eastern Harbour which is overlooked by the majestic Qaitbay Fortress. The Cornice in Alexandria is a treat during both summer and winter Starting from Ras El Tin and stretching all the way to Montazah you can enjoy spectacular view of the White Mediterranean. The Cornice was developed in the 1930s and further developments were made to it in the early 1990s. Beaches stretch along the coast from Maamoura in the east and all the way to the Agamy beach west of Alexandria. If you have time, do not forget to explore the nearby destinations of Borg El-Arab (where the main airport is located) and Abu-Mina. Both are about 50 km away from the city and home to interesting historical sites (St. Mena Monastery, and the Roman Necropolis in Borg El-Arab) and touristic resorts (the Hilton Borg El-Arab, and Golden Beach). The temperate Mediterranean climate in Alexandria insures cooler summers and warmer winters than in other parts of Egypt. While winters are mostly rainy with temperatures ranging between 10 and 20°C, summers are renowned for the refreshing sea breeze, with temperatures between 22 and 34°C.

Marina North Coast: The Saint Tropez of Egypt! Once only considered as a favored destination of Cairene vacationers, the North Coast of Egypt has succeeded over the past few years in earning the reputation of a world-class sea resort, by catering to more exclusive lifestyles through beautiful and upscale tourist villages. The North Coast has one one of the most beautiful beaches of the world with its light turquoise color and beautiful summer weather, this destination is a perfect summer getaway. The weather in the North Coast is a lot milder than it is in the top Red Sea coast destinations during summer season, which makes it a perfect summer spot. The area is dotted with five-star very luxurious resorts and villas, waiting to welcome those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of overcrowded mass tourism favorites. The North Coast has something for everyone, it offers all the needed facilities for you to practice your favorite water sports and spend some quality time on the Mediterranean Sea. In 1986, a Hellenistic-Roman town was discovered when the construction of the Marina Town in El-Alamein started. The area has been converted into an open-air museum. Nightlife is also booming in this part of the White Mediterranean; the Egyptian elite seem to consider the newly built resort towns of Porto Marina, Sidi Abdel Rahman and Marassi on this long stretch of paradise as the new and exclusive places to be in on week-ends and hot Saturday nights. How about experiencing a foretaste of the exclusive North Coast of Egypt?

Marsa Matrouh: Nestled inside a big circular bay and protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural breakwater, Marsa Matrouh is a relatively secluded destination on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore. It is the capital of the Matrouh Governorate, which extends from the 61st km of the Alexandria-Matrouh highway to the Egypt-Libyan border (450 km of coast), from East to West, and from the coast 350 km deep into the western desert of Egypt, including Siwa Oasis. The natural bay of Marsa Matrouh invites for sunbathing on its white beaches and swimming in calm crystal clear waters. Legend holds the huge rock with a carved chamber through which the sea water passes to be the bathing place of Cleopatra, hence known as Cleopatra's Bath. With long sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters, such as Agiba Beach and Gharam Beach, described by many as one of the most beautiful seashore landscapes in the world, many believe that Cleopatra herself bathed in the tranquil waters of Marsa Matrouh. The reputed spot, Cleopatra’s Beach, is still accessible and you surely won't miss it during your visit. The coastal Mediterranean climate lends this town its moderation in summer and the cold in winter. The best times to visit are in May and September. The water’s colour ranges from blue to green, due to the depths differences in Matrouh’s bay. The irregular sea ground forms an amazing underwater world of mountains, valleys and colourful fish species. Marsa Matrouh is in the north-western corner of Egypt where Erwin Rommel, the desert fox himself, picked a cave near the shore to command operations during the Battle of El-Alamein. Rommel’s cave’s still there, it has been transformed into a "Rommel Museum" which you can visit today. Marsa Matrouh's average temperature can reach highs of 28 C in summer and lows of 13 C in winter.

Discover Alexandria's charm.

Often overlooked is the Meditteranean coast of Alexandria. Once the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, Alexandria is a charming city with golden beaches and fascinating museums. Visit Bibliotheca Alexandria, which houses a museum of antiquities, and head to Montazah Palace, the last residence of King Farouk I.

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