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Cemetery in El Alamein

Commonwealth War Cemetery

The Commonwealth War Cemetery is a haunting place where more than 7000 tombstones stand in regimented rows between beautifully tended desert plants. Soldiers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Greece, Sout…
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. There’s a collection of memorabilia, uniforms, photos and maps, with explanations in Arabic, Engli…
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.
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 museum that displays some of Rommel's personal effects a…
Grill in Marsa Matruh

Abdu Kofta

Locals will swear that this is the best restaurant in town. In the 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 …
Grill in Marsa Matruh

Kamana 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.
Memorial in El Alamein

German War Memorial

About 7km west of El Alamein, what looks like a hermetically sealed sandstone fortress overlooking the sea is actually the German War Memorial. Inside this silent but unmistakable reminder of war lie the tombs of ap…
Memorial in El Alamein

Italian Memorial

About 11km west of El Alamein, the Italian memorial has a wide path rimmed by flowering shrubs leading up to a tall, slender tower. This was roughly where the front line between the opposing armies ran in WWII's Nor…
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 trashy than it used …
Beach in Marsa Matruh


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.