Situated on the Mediterranean coast, in the North of Egypt, Alexandria is one of the country's biggest and most important cities as well as a region imbued with ancient myth and legend. Founded by Alexander the Great around 2500 years ago, the city was, at one point, the cultural and educational centre of the world. It also saw much of the action that occurred during the turbulent relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Throughout history it has changed faces a number of times, from the epicentre of Hellenistic civilisation to small fishing village to opulent metropolis, each fresh new look shaping the cultural heritage and identity of the city today.Read More
With so much history, trying to understand exactly how much Alexandria has changed over the years can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, the National Museum does a pretty good job and summing it all up for you. Alternatively, visitors can immerse themselves in history by exploring the city and seeking out some of its ancient monuments. Sadly, the Pharos Lighthouse, a former wonder of the world, perished many years ago but in its place is the impressive Fort Qaitbey.
To get a taste for the more modern side of Alexandria, Corniche is a good place to explore. The broad waterside road is home to much of what remains from the late 19th century period of extravagance that the city underwent. When the hustle and bustle gets too much then travellers should retreat to the Montazah Gardens, an oasis of tranquility and beauty situated on the Eastern edge of the city and filled with lush vegetation and a glorious palace.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Alexandria
If you are planning a Alexandria holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Four Seasons San Stefano Alexandria
Combining a fashionable resort setting with its own private sandy beach overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano is a luxurious hotel with elegant accommodation. Each room comes with a private furnished balcony from where guests can enjoy the sea breeze and panoramic views. Decorated with classical furnishings and grand design features such as a marble entrance and comfortable sitting area, the rooms are well-equipped with all mod cons. The hotel also boasts a full-service spa, outdoor pool and nine distinctive restaurants offering a diverse selection of cuisine. The hotel is on the beachfront, 30 kilometres from the airport.
Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza Alexandria
Shop until you drop at the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza hotel set in the Green Plaza Mall, with 370 shops, a cinema and a Fun Castle, perfect for families with plenty of entertainment for the kids. The hotel features spacious Art Deco-style rooms furnished in a neutral palette and well-equipped with modern conveniences. Relax in one of the two outdoor swimming pools, lounge on the sun deck or enjoy a cocktail at the Nefertiti Lobby Bar and Lounge. The Splash Italian Restaurant serves pizza and pasta whilst the Ginger Restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine. Alexandria airport and train station are just 10-15-minute drive. The Green Plaza Mall is on site and the Alexandria Library is 4 miles away.
Mercure Alexandria Romance Alexandria
The Mercure Alexandria Romance has comfortable rooms and suites all with delightful panoramic sea views. To make the most of the views the guestrooms feature wide floor-to-ceiling windows and a neutral palette of colour. There are two restaurants to choose from including the Le Clovis, which offers fine French cuisine, and the Mermaid Cafe that offers regional cuisine 24 hours a day. The hotel is on the beach front in the elegant Saba Pasha district between the Montaza Palace and the centre of the city.
Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel Alexandria
The historic Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel dates back to the early 20th century with high ceilings, grand columns and fine paintings reminiscent of a by-gone era. Situated directly on Alexandria's waterfront, the hotel's rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast with sweeping views of the Corniche. Each of the elegant guestrooms has its own balcony and free WiFi. Decorated with antiques and frescos, the Queen Elizabeth Hall offers fine dining and wine. The Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel is in the social and cultural centre of the city, 5 km from the airport and 1 km to the nearest metro station.
Alexandria Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Alexandria.