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Alexandria Travel Guide

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Plan Your Alexandria Vacation

There is a wonderful Italo Calvino story about a city so removed from its own history that it is as if the modern metropolis sits on the site of an unrelated ancient city that just happens to bear the same name. At times Alexandria, which Alexander the Great founded in the 4th century BC, feels like that. Yet the fallen Alexandria of the ancient Greeks, of Ptolemy, Cleopatra, Julius

Caesar, and the Romans, and of pagan cults and the Great Library is underfoot, quite literally, as all of modern Alexandria has been built on the ruins of the old, a city that was capital of Egypt from the 3rd century BC until AD 642, when the Arabs first arrived.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Café Culture. Linger over coffee and pastry at the famous Grand Trianon Café.
  2. The Seaside Promenade Stroll or take a carriage ride along the seafront Corniche, taking in the faded glory of the turn-of-the-20th-century architecture.
  3. A Seafood Meal Order fresh seafood from the tantalizing choices on ice at Fish Market or Kadoura.
  4. The Remains of an Ancient Wonder Climb the parapet of Qayt Bay Fort, site of the famed ancient Pharos (lighthouse), for magnificent panoramas of the seafront.
  5. Antiquities on Display Visit the Greco-Roman Museum to explore artifacts excavated from ancient Alexandria.

When To Go

When to Go

Alexandria's peak season is summer, when Egyptians flee here for the refreshing Mediterranean breezes. Hotels are also busy on weekends. Off-seas...

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