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Beach in Marsa Matruh

Cleopatra’s Beach

Possibly the most beautiful piece of coastline in the area, Cleopatra’s Beach sits about a 14km drive north-west of Marsa Matruh around the bay’s thin tentacle of land. The sea here is an exquisite hue, and the rock…
Beach in Marsa Matruh

Agiba Beach

Agiba means ‘miracle’ in Arabic, and Agiba Beach, about 24km west of Marsa Matruh, is just that. It is a small, spectacular cove, accessible only via a path leading down from the clifftop. The water here is a dazzli…
Beach in Marsa Matruh

Rommel's Beach

Right at the tip of Marsa Matruh's eastern peninsula, this quiet but rocky piece of shore is good for swimming. Just before the beach is the cave system where Colonel Rommel planned the Axis forces' military operati…
Egyptian in Marsa Matruh

Abdu Kofta

Locals swear that this is the best restaurant in town. In a clean and cool 1st-floor room, it serves kofta (mincemeat and spices grilled on a skewer) or grilled meat by the weight, served with good mezze and salads.
Egyptian in Marsa Matruh

Kamona Restaurant

This simple restaurant does a roaring trade in grilled chicken and kebabs. Follow your nose at the intersection with Sharia Alexandria and you can’t miss it.
Falafel in Marsa Matruh

Felfela

The best fuul (fava bean paste) and falafel joint in town, this is the spot vegetarians – or anyone looking to fill up cheaply – should seek out.
Beach in Marsa Matruh

Shaati Al Gharam

At the tip of the strip of land west of Marsa Matruh, you'll find Shaati Al Gharam (Lovers’ Beach). The water here is sublime, but the sand is only marginally less busy than at the main city beaches. In summer, boat…
Museum in Marsa Matruh

Rommel's Cave Museum

Just before Rommel's Beach is the cave system where Colonel Rommel planned the Axis forces' military operations during WWII. The caves are now home to a small, newly restored museum that displays some of Rommel's pe…
Beach in Marsa Matruh

Lido

Marsa Matruh's main beach has decent sand and clear water, but during summer you'll have trouble finding space to throw down your towel.
Pizza in Marsa Matruh

Abou Aby Pizza

This popular place serves up tasty Western-style pizza. Upstairs seating offers good views onto the street action below.