Alexandria Holidays

Few cities on the planet offer so many cultural riches as does Alexandria. Equally Mediterranean and Egyptian, the port and former capital of Greco-Roman Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great over 2300 years ago. One of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria welcomed sailors to the great city for over 1700 years. ... Read more
Today, visitors can enjoy Alexandria's rich history at the Citadel of Qaitbay (where some of the stones used in construction came from the lighthouse), Roman Catacombs, a Roman Theatre and a stunning recreation of the great library of Alexandria. To see the birthplace of Coptic Christianity, visit the St. Mark Orthodox Cathedral, on the site where St. Mark (yes, the one from the Bible) founded a church in 60 AD. Stick with ancient civilizations for a visit to the incomparable Alexandria National Museum and the Graeco-Roman Museum. Or come back to this century and wile away a relaxing vacation day on Alexandria's beaches or on the grass at Montazah Royal Gardens. Alexandria is heavily touristed, so can be crowded in high season, but hotels are plentiful and well-priced and there's a restaurant for every budget.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Alexandria is of great historical significance to Egypt. Named after Alexandria the Great, the city once housed the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the ancient wonders of the world. Unfortunately, this wonder has since been lost to the waves of time. But you can still make a day trip to Alexandria from Cairo. Many hotels can arrange this tour for you, and most will tours include transportation, meals, and hotel pickup.

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one of the most beautiful towns in northern Egypt. Amazed by the "snöhetta" designed new library and its surroundings. Nice people and good restaurants if you give them a chans. Don´t misstrust for waiting. They are egyptiens!

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Local from Alexandria

Montaza Palace is a palace and extensive gardens in the Montaza district of Alexandria, Egypt. It was built on a low plateau east of central Alexandria overlooking a beach on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Pittsford

We went to this port city as an entry to Cairo. The location of the port is not that great but the city itself is very nice. The drive to Cairo is quite long so make sure you plan accordingly.

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London

Alexandria is the second-largest city of Egypt, with a population of 4.1 million, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Alexandria is Egypt's largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt's imports and exports. Alexandria is also an important tourist resort. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new Library of Alexandria). It is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez,i visited Alexandria,Egypt with alltoursegypt.com

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Kiev

My dream city! You must definitely visit this mixture of oriental traditions and European style!
The Mediterranean Sea washes Alexandria, giving salty cool and fresh air to the every street, each opened window or balcony. As I have noticed, Alexandria is more clean city than Cairo, ways under houses are from marble or ceramics, gardens are beautiful!
Wanna live there!

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New York City

Alexandria is right on the water and the home of quite a bit of history, including the ancient library (no longer there) and the Lighthouse, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. There's good diving, too, but I didn't get a chance to do that.

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Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria is a love wave on Egyptian land :)

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Cypress

Worked here back in 2003. Stayed at the Sheraton Montaza.
The city is a lot cleaner than Cairo. Every room at the had a great view of the Med sea from my hotel room.

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Visit after Cairo; will seem like a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Cairo. New Library is incredible, plan 3-4 hours minimum and start with the guided tour. Mantazah Palace and Gardens are also beautiful and take time to walk by the sea. Highly recommend lunch at Fish Market-Tikki Grill restaurant on the harbor. Excellent fish and awesome harbor views.

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