Alexandria Travel Guide

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Alexandria Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful people, Amazing Sandy Beach, Unimaginable Roman History, Food Fiesta!! 

  • Con
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     Traffic, traffic, and traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     The antidote to chaotic Cairo and tout-central Luxor 

Alexandria Things to Do

  • new Library of Alexandria

    This city has historically been a site of learning, a site where cultures met, and this attracted poets and writers for thousands years. In 2002 a new library was built in order to recapture the spirit of learning and openness of the ancent Biblioteca Alexandrina.

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  • Montazah palace and gardens

    We had taken a picnic lunch - and lots of water because it was 30 degrees in October - and found a quiet spot to sit down and eat. After we finished eating we walked towards the beach. There is a path that leads to the lighthouse, but unfortunately that path was closed so I didn't get to go to the lighthouse. There is even a bowling alley on the...

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  • Down town area & cornich

    Despite the repressive and often brutal nature of the Egyptian state, the Egyptian Army has long been viewed as an institution of honour and pride for the people of Egypt. The country has had skirmishes and problems with various neighbours, but the greatest loss of life has been in its various wars with the State of Israel, with which it currently...

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Alexandria Hotels

Alexandria Restaurants

  • Seafood restaurants

    It was over day business trip to Alexandria, and being in Alexandria the biggest sea side city in Egypt ( in the Mediterranean )for work means two main things to be done 1- To walk in the Corniche ( a waterfront promenade ) corniche in Alexandria, The major waterfront corridor in Egypt 2- Is to eat Sea food and because I am from one of the sea...

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  • coffee shops

    I had gone to visit my friend in Alexandria to 'live like an Egyptian'. He asked me if I wanted to go get a coffee ... 'you know the kind you like from home.' I said "You have a Starbucks here?" He smiled, nodded and off we went. We got there and he went in while I grabbed a seat. There is a large area outside with tables and chairs - and if you...

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  • traditional&local Egyptian food

    Mohammed Ahmed has a reputation as the king of fuul and ta'amiyya - we were led here by the Lonely Planet - and I have to say, it's thoroughly deserved. We had the best fuul in our whole trip here, and the ridiculous thing was, it was probably the cheapest too. No tourist rates here - we were charged, if I remember rightly, 12.5LE, which was £1.25....

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Alexandria Nightlife

  • night clubs.

    Looking for Fun and Entertainemnt in Alexandria the go to the San Giovanni Night Club The only place in Alexandria where you can have it all : Live Music, Famous Singers, Ortiental Dancers, and World Famous show stars San Giovanni Night Club have been always the shining stars in the world of fun and entertainment in Alexandria, Egypt. Try it...

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  • Bars in Alexandria

    Spit Fire is a bar down town and is mostly frequented by expats and foreign visitors such as tourists and sailors. You can have a beer here and also some food is served and in the mean time you can read all the signs stickers and name cards left by other visitors! Up to you!

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  • Shopping

    The shopping street Safiyya Zaghloul is packed with people in the late evening, at least in summer evenings when I was there. Some people are just walking up and down the street, and others are there for shopping. My last evening in Alexandria I entered almost every shoe shop on the street, and they are many, without finding what I wanted.On a side...

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Alexandria Transportation

  • taxi or...similar

    We came to Alexandria with a private tour organised by GSC tours a tour operator based in Alexandria. We came from Cairo which meant that driver and guide left Alexandria around 3 am, picked us up in hotel in Cairo at 6 am, took us to Alexandria, did the tour, then took us back to our hotel around 3 pm, then, drove back to Alexandria again. I am...

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  • train&railway

    I guess our round trip from Cairo to Alexandria very recently was quite comfortable. There is actually no hassle having the first class ticket which costs me a total of 243 Egyptian Pounds for 3 round trip tickets. I posted here the interior of the train and copies of our 6 tickets. BTW, I purchased the ticket the night prior to our departure. I...

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  • Tram trip

    I've chosen the Subway/Metro as what the Tram would fall under. It goes on tram tracks through the city. The price of a single Tram Al Ramlh ride is uniformly 25Piastre, except on the single-car touristic heritage tram that runs from Boulkly to Mhatat al-Ramlh, for which fare is 1LE. My friend and I weren't going very far so we decided to take...

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Alexandria Shopping

  • local open markets

    On a few occasions during my stay I found myself wondering a local market, not sure of the name, but I am sure there are similar markets throughout Alexandria. They were alive, with local people doing their shopping, men sitting outside cafes smoking their "hubbly bubblies", shop keepers trying to encourage you into to buy their goods. This was...

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  • Port Area outside the exit from the ship

    All I can say - be prepared to play the game. There are negotiations for every souvenir item here at the vendor area by the ship and in the city of Alexandria at the local bazaar area.

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  • Postcards

    I spent a surprising amount of time looking for postcards of Alexandria. It's much in Alex's favour that there are very few shops aimed only at tourists, and such establishments tended to have only generic Pharonic-Wonders-Of-Egypt cards. I'm under strict orders to send my boys a postcard from everywhere I visit, so views of Alex had to be hunted...

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Alexandria Local Customs

  • ALEXANDRIAN culture

    Alexandria is blessed by a long Corniche, and this, of course, gives rise to a very healthy café culture. In the areas of the city such as Montazah, where there are many tourists and locals who come to enjoy the beaches, you'll find a large number of locales where you can enjoy coffee, tea, juice and backgammon (shesh besh). Many of these places...

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  • The beach in Alexandria

    The beach in Alexandria is small, set among the rocks of the seashore. It is I gather custom made for the city.

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  • The bust of "Alexander the Great" in...

    The bust of Alexander the Great at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina - 3 pics Alexander the Great. advanced on Egypt in later 332 BC and after conquer the country he found this city of Alexandria in northern Egypt

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Alexandria Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic&driving in Alexandria

    Corniche road is dangerious. USE THE TUNNELS!!! During the summer months there are at least 3-4 people hit and kill on this road every week j-walking. You're dead body is only worth 200LE, because that is the MAX fine a driver has to pay on the Corniche road if they hit and kill you..... USE THE TUNNELS!!!!!

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  • USE THE TUNNELS on the CORNICHE ROAD

    Corniche road is dangerious. USE THE TUNNELS!!! During the summer months there are at least 3-4 people hit and kill on this road every week j-walking. You're dead body is only worth 200LE, because that is the MAX fine a driver has to pay on the Corniche road if they hit and kill you..... USE THE TUNNELS!!!!!

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  • Aggressive vendors

    The vendors in Alexandria were especially aggressive right outside the cruise port. We had already experienced the vendors at Giza so we knew how to just keep walking, don't talk but one guy stuck to us like gum on our shoe and wouldn't leave us alone until we had to tell him "Leave us alone". We had a little boy follow us and try to get into my...

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Alexandria Tourist Traps

  • Weather in Alexandria

    the trap would be the timing of the visit ...don't try to visit ALEXNDRIA in summer..it's very busy and i mean it..moreover the mentality of the egyptian that visit alexnadria to spend the summer vacation is very low.

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  • taxis and transport

    Taxi is the prime means of transport. These are atleast 15 years old cars for which I cant recognize the make honestly. English is very alien to everyone in Egypt. Best is to ask the hotel price of trip to any place by taxi. Only pay that much if you are predeciding the fare with the driver. Another trick is to just sit in the taxi and speak your...

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  • old city ruins- Roman Theatre

    Over 30 years of excavation have uncovered many Roman remains including this well-preserved theatre with galleries, sections of mosaic-flooring, and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. In Ptolemaic times, this area was the Park of Pan and a pleasure garden. The theater at one point may had been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical...

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Alexandria What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Alexandria can be just as hot as the rest of Egypt. However this is the place to catch an occasional ocean breeze. In the evening, carry a light sweater or jacket. Not too many foreign tourist visit Alexandria for extended periods of time, Alex is basically a vacation destination for Egyptians. Put away the short-shorts, bathing suits, and other...

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  • Days and Nights in Alexandria

    Alexandria can be just as hot as the rest of Egypt. However this is the place to catch an occasional ocean breeze. In the evening, carry a light sweater or jacket. Not too many foreign tourist visit Alexandria for extended periods of time, Alex is basically a vacation destination for Egyptians. Put away the short-shorts, bathing suits, and other...

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  • if I had 1 must have, mosquito repellant...

    Small day bag with zipper, money belt or neck wallet Comfortable shoes a must the sidewalks and roads are uneven in many places. Plastic slippers for bath, beach. I would avoid white, it's very dusty in many places.Conservative clothing light jacket Tourista medicationsunscreenimodiumwet wipes are a must! digital camera Beach towel You may...

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Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

  • historical sightseeing

    The mission succeeded in cleaning up and preparing for tourist divers the location of Mark Antony's palace, the Timonium. It also cleaned up the wreckage of an ancient 35-metre wooden ship that lies on the bottom of Alexandria's harbour. Two gold coins dating to the second century AD were discovered during the operations, as well as the limbs of...

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  • coptic monastery

    At the monastery of Bishoy (Deir Anba Bishoi) a coptic monk showed us the place and explained us the history of the Coptic Christians in Wadi Atrun. After the Romans in the 4th century AD came the destructive raids of the Arabs in 871 AD The originally unprotected communities were fortified afterwards. The monasticism is experiencing a revival,...

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  • Gardens & parks

    Walking further to the east of Montazah palace, you reach a sandy cove with a semi-private beach that is popular with picnicking families. There are also opportunities for some watersports and swimming, although the beach does not look too inviting. Across a Victorian bridge from the beach is a an island that is perfect spot for admiring the...

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Alexandria Sports & Outdoors

  • Beaches

    Alexandria is considered a main summer resort in the Middle East.Beaches become full of umbrellas and families and the city is usually crowded in summer.There are both public beaches (free and usually crowded) and private beaches (you should pay a small fee).

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  • ALEX a treasure 4 fishing lovers.HOW &...

    Fishing is a common sport in ALEX because as we know ALEX is one of the best shores looking at Miditerranean sea.When u want 2 b perfect in something or good at it u must practise by urself.If it doesnt work this time u can detect something may b useful 4 u & if anybody told u not 2 do something just dont do it when u know the reason & take it as a...

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  • Fishing at Alexandria

    Fish can be caught by anglers at Alexandria. I saw a couple of women fishing at Cleopatra Beach, and other youngsters also at Montazah..One of the women had caught a few small fish, but said that the sea was too clm that day to bring the larger fish. Rod and line and bait.

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Alexandria Favorites

  • walk around

    Oh yes, you will enjoy your trip to Alexandria and walking is an experience you will treasure. I have seen people, the local young boys and girls, their parents whom you will be comfortable talking with. On our trip to Alex, we did a lot of walking from around the museum and most of the walking happened at the Fort of Qaitbay and the Corniche....

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  • life in Alexandria

    In the heart of Alexandria, at Mansheia near by Saint Catherine Square this main Greek Orthodhox Patriarchate is found. The street itself is called Greek Church Street "Share' Al-Kaneesa Al-Younaneah". It is one of the landmarks of Alexandria not only religiously but also architecturally and culturally. In Arabic Greek Orthodhox are called "Rom...

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  • people of Alexandria

    This the first time I recommend a guide and I do this for two reasons: 1) I would have loved if someone advertised a good guide to me so I would have spent less time arguing with fake guides, fake drivers and hassles. 2) she is really good, clever, funny and professional, she speaks perfect English, good French and let’s say she speaks Italian...

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