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Top 7 things to do in Alexandria

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. Also known as 'The Pearl of the Mediterranean', its atmosphere is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. The city evolved from a small port town into one of the most important metropolis in ancient Egypt, and is now a treasure to visit and explore its beauty and history.

Alexandria National Museum
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Alexandria National Museum

This wonderfully restored Italianate villa used to be home to the US consulate. Engage in the city's heritage from antiquity until the modern period and see the ancient artifacts.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

This awesome building has a large angled discus embedded in the ground, representing a second sun rising out of it. Inside you'll find a depth of information about ancient Alexandria, including various museums and a planetarium.

Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa
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Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa

After a donkey went underground these tombs, part of the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt was found. Deep underground you'll see burial rituals of various cultures.

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

A wonderful open museum from the Greco-Roman period in Egyptian history, Pompey’s Pillar stands in the oldest part of Alexandria. The Serapium was dedicated to the god Serapsis.

Delices
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Delices

Who can say no to a tearoom?  The huge plush establishment has been open since 1922. Allied soldiers loved to come here during WWII. Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven.

Diving

Diving

Dive deep to see some thrilling wrecks and ruins. The three-day wreck-diving safaris go along the coast of Mersa Matrouh exploring sunken German U-boats and Allied cargo ships.

Alexandria Film Festival

This festival shows international films and celebrates independent films. Filmmakers produce films on environmental, social and economical issues, architecture, and culture.

Planning Your Alexandria Visit

Is it safe to go to Egypt just now due to terrorism?

It's best to seek updated and current advice before traveling to this area by checking travel alerts and warnings on government sites. Currently its safe to visit compared to other areas that are on high alert to avoid.

How should couples present themselves here?

Public displays of affection are a no-no. Kissing in the street and public displays of affection will garner an audience. Gay couples should also be very discreet due to the culture here.

Should I be wary of pickpockets?

Yes, you're never too old or experienced to fall for a fast one. Be wary of people trying to distract you and keep everything close to you and in front of you at all times. Pickpocketing is common here, like many other cities.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    If you are not a fan of heat, then avoid the summertime and visit in the cooler months of spring and fall. This is a desert climate so you will have warm long days, but cool nights -- so stock up on sunscreen and bring layers.

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What people are saying about Alexandria

Fantastic day trip with a very informative and wonderful guide.

My friend, my 2 teenagers and myself were really looking forward to this day trip from Cairo to Alexandria. It took about 2 1/2 hours but the bus was comfortable and our wonderful guide Bossi provided drinks and snacks for the journey that was very considerate as the guide and the driver were fasting as we visited during Ramadan. There were also a comfort break during the drive. We visited all the places mentioned on the tour description. Our guide Bossi was absolutely amazing and really made the trip for us. She has a passion for ancient Egypt archeology and her enthusiasm was infectious... I personally learned so much. Our meal was delicious and Bossi arranged a wonderful table for us with an amazing sea view. Thank you Bossi and Emo Tours.

Very interesting and beautiful city, great tour.

Alexandria is an exceptionally interesting city with much history. The journey from Cairo was comfortable in a private car with driver and guide, collection from the hotel in downtown cairo. The guide was fantastic, enthusiastic, knowledgable and informative and great company. We were shown the catacombs, pompeii's pillar, the fortress where the old lighthouse originally stood and the library. Lunch was included and was at a local seafood restaurant, the fish was fresh and a had a great selection. The guide was fantastic and made the tour well worth taking.

Great way to see and learn about Alexandria if you only have one day

Great tour! We only had a limited time in Egypt so this was a really good way to see a lot of sights in Alexandria as well as learn about Egypt’s history, people and culture. Our guide Mira was very friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about Egypt. Mira also went above and beyond to help us organise the rest of our trip in Egypt. I would highly recommend this tour and also Mira as a guide!

Our guide Emy was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended

Emy picked us up from our hotel at the allotted time and introduced us to the others on the tour and gave us each a snack pack. On the drive to Alexandria she talked about its history and the sites that we will visit. She was also very happy to take photos of us when we asked. She knew the best positions for photos as well. A great day was had by all.

Good trip. Plenty of sites and activities for a one day trip.

Didn’t really appreciate the additional stop back in Cairo to try to sell us papyrus paper products. High pressure and unnecessary. We were asked if we wanted to go but didn’t realize it was a sales gimmick. That should be explained in detail not as a special additional thing or we were being treated better Just wrong.