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Introducing Mediterranean Coast

Almost the entire stretch of coastline between Alexandria and Sidi Abdel Rahman is jam-packed with resorts paying homage to the modern gods of concrete construction. This is where well-to-do Cairenes and the top brass of Egypt’s military establishment come to escape the oppressive city heat of the summer. While some of these getaways border on the truly luxurious, there’s little for the independent traveller – virtually all of these developments are private residential resorts owned or rented by Egyptian families. Halfway down the coast to Libya, El Alamein is home to several poignant memorials to the WWII battles that ensued here. Past here, and all the way to the Libyan border, the striking coast lies deserted until you reach Marsa Matruh, sitting on a brilliant, sandy bay. Marsa Matruh is either heaving with Egyptian holidaymakers in summer or completely deserted in the winter months.