17/11/2018 Alexandria, Egypt, view on the Gulf from Stenley Bridge on a magnificent coastline with hotels and restaurants on a sunny day; Shutterstock ID 1383514676; full: digital; gl: 65050; netsuite: hub; your: Barbara Di Castro

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Mediterranean Coast

Egypt’s northern coastline runs for 500km along Mediterranean shores. Its sandy beaches and turquoise-hued sea lure floods of Egyptians here during summer and, in recent years, a number of sprawling resorts have been built facing these crystal waters. Most travellers, however, make a beeline straight to the once-great port city of Alexandria. Eulogised through the centuries, this faded old dame of a metropolis is still by far Egypt's most atmospheric city. Alexandria's fresh sea air, fantastic seafood, ancient history and crumbling gems of belle époque buildings give it a spirit distinctly different from that of Cairo.

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