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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Alexandria’s ancient library was one of the greatest of all classical institutions, and while replacing it might seem a Herculean task, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina manages this with aplomb. Opened in 2002,...

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Alexandria National Museum

This excellent museum sets a high benchmark with its summary of Alexandria’s past. Housed in a beautifully restored Italianate villa, the small but thoughtfully selected and well-labelled collection does a...

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Mahmoud Said Museum

Mahmoud Said (1897–1964) was one of Egypt’s finest 20th-century artists, even though he is little known outside his country. A judge by profession, he moonlighted as a painter and became a key member of a group...

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...

Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Catacombs of Kom Ash Shuqqafa

Discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground, these catacombs make up the largest-known Roman burial site in Egypt and one of the last major works of construction dedicated to the...

Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

A massive 30m column looms over the debris of the glorious ancient settlement of Rhakotis, the original township from which Alexandria grew. Known as Pompey’s Pillar, for centuries the column, hewn from red Aswan...

Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Kom Al Dikka

Kom Al Dikka was a well-off residential area in Graeco-Roman times, with lovely villas, bathhouses and a theatre. The area was known at the time as the Park of Pan, a pleasure garden where citizens of Alexandria...

Fort in Alexandria

Fort Qaitbey

The Eastern Harbour is dominated by the bulky walls of Fort Qaitbey, built on a narrow peninsula over the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse by the Mamluk sultan Qaitbey in 1480. Finely restored, it has a...

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...

Cemetery in El Alamein

Commonwealth War Cemetery

The Commonwealth War Cemetery is a haunting place where more than 7240 tombstones stand in regimented rows between beautifully tended desert plants. Most of the Commonwealth soldiers who lie here died in the...

Mosque in Alexandria

Mosque of Abu Abbas Al Mursi

This stately mosque was built over the tomb of a revered 13th-century Sufi saint, Abu Abbas Al Mursi, from Murcia in Spain. Several successive mosques have been built and rebuilt on the site. Though the current...

Museum in Alexandria

Cavafy Museum

The Alexandrian-Greek poet Constantine Cavafy spent his last 25 years in an apartment above a brothel on the former Rue Lepsius, a flat now preserved as the Cavafy Museum, with two of the six rooms arranged as...

Beach in Alexandria

Mamoura Beach

About 1km east of Montazah, Mamoura is the ‘beachiest’ of Alexandria’s beaches. There’s a cobblestone boardwalk with a few ice cream shops and food stalls, but what really makes this feel different from other...

Historic Building in Rosetta

House of Amasyali

One of the most impressive of all Rosetta’s fine buildings, with beautiful lantern lights on the facade and vast expanses of windows with mashrabiyya (lattice), which circulate cool breezes around the house. The...

Museum in Alexandria

Antiquities Museum

The Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has a well-curated exhibition of artefacts that romp from the Pharaonic, through the Greek and Roman periods, and into the Byzantine and Islamic eras. The...

Beach in Sidi Abdel Rahman

Shaat Al Hanna

This gorgeous beach is a real find, with irresistible milky-blue water that’s great for swimming. Even out here, conservative dress for women applies. The main free beach is, unfortunately, more rubbish-strewn...

Museum in El Alamein

War Museum

This museum is an excellent introduction to the North African campaigns of WWII, including the Battle of El Alamein. The museum has separate halls dedicated to the four main countries involved in the war: Great...

Museum in Alexandria

Museum of Modern Art

This wonderful and little-visited collection of 16th- to 20th-century paintings reflecting the city's cosmopolitan flair is housed in an old villa. Some delightful treasures by Margot Veillon, Theodore Frère and...

Mosque in Alexandria

Terbana Mosque

The beautiful little Terbana Mosque stands at the junction of Sharia Faransa and Wekalet Al Limon. This entire quarter, known as Gumruk, is located on land that was underwater during the Middle Ages....

Waterfront in Alexandria

Shipyards

Where northern Anfushi hits the sea, you can wander among huge wooden vessels in various states of construction. In small workshops, craftspeople make accessories for the boats, such as intricately carved helms...