A 20 kilometre-long palm tree-lined esplanade and boulevards, swish hotels, long stretches of fine sandy beach and gardens characterise Alexandria, widely considered to be one of the richest in culture among the Egyptian cities. Unlike many other areas of Egypt, its cultural heritage, climate of warm summers, mild winters and pleasingly warm spring and autumn months and its cosmopolitan atmosphere give it a Mediterranean feel. Alexandria is known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. It is also Egypt’s second largest city with a population of around four million, Alexandria is the country’s largest seaport and the center of much of its maritime activity. It is also one of the oldest cities in Egypt and lies around 225 kilometers northwest of Cairo. As records suggest, Alexandria was established by Alexander the Great in around 332 BC on the site of a small village called Rhakotis. He wanted to create one of the finest capital cities in the world, and one for which his reign would go down in history.
The city of full of vibrant attractions that will keep you up on your feet for days straight. From the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina that was Built in 2002 as a memorial to one of the largest and most important libraries in antiquity, the Royal Library of Alexandria, to the corchniche that is considered a gorgeous waterfront promenade which runs along the Eastern Harbour for 10 miles and ends by the Montaza Palaca, to the National museum that contains more than 1,800 artifacts that narrate the history of Alexandria. Alexandria will not be the place sigh in boredom. Among the sights for visitors to see is the beautiful Montazah Palace, which is perched on a hill overlooking the sea. It was once the summer home of the Egyptian royal family and now houses a museum in their honour.
Holidaying visitors flock to Alexandria for its good diving sites, and its beaches. Its most famous are the beaches of Al-Ma’moura, Mandara, Al-Assafrah, Miami, Sidi Bishr and Montazah, as well as Sidi Gaber, Rushdi, Stanley, Gleem and Cleopatra. All are dotted along the corniche, the seafront boulevard.
Another gem is Qaitbay Citadel; a turreted fortress that was built in the 15th century on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is said that stones from the original lighthouse built in the 3rd century BC on an island in the harbour were used in its construction. Excavations in the harbour continue to this day, and recently there have been more ancient stone found which in all likelihood once formed part of the lighthouse’s structure. The city has many mosques too, the most notable being the Al-Mursi Abul Abbas with a towering minaret and domes that dominate the city’s skyline, and the 14th century Al-Attareen Mosque. The city, however, while celebrating its glorious past also has a thoroughly modern approach to providing facilities for its residents and visitors.
This is supremely evident in the opening of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an important library and cultural centre designed to put Alexandria back on the academic map. It stands near the site of the ancient Library of Alexandria dating from the 3rd century, which was considered to be the largest library in the ancient world.
The resort and the city are perfect destinations for families who like to enjoy some quality time in a city that is full of happenings for every age group.
You won’t need to wonder where you’ll buy the stuff you’ve been wanting to get for some time. Alexandria will blow your mind away with its numerous shopping centers that have your favorite brands.