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48 hours in Alexandria

Nicknamed the "Pearl of the Mediterranean", Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and spread throughout the Mediterranean basin as an intellectual but also economic centre. A golden age that today makes the charm of the city. Between memories of the ancient world, a restored seafront and crowded cafés, here are a few ways to discover the beautiful Alexandria in 48 hours.

It is facing the Great Blue Sea, in the north-west of Egypt, that the city of Alexandria reveals its most beautiful assets: a cosmopolitan face, a touch of modernity and an architecture blending European, Greco-Roman and Egyptian influences. And for good reason, the city, with its port secured by the famous Alexandria lighthouse, was a crossroads where civilizations (Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Nabateans …) flocked. Not forgetting the extensive catalogue of its famous Library, which like a magnet, attracted a large number of scholars from the Mediterranean basin. A glorious past distilling, today, its precious heritage in a megalopolis that continues to swell. Here’s how to best immerse yourself in this bubbling city.

 

A mythical heritage

Why don’t you start your visit with the city’s emblem, the Qaitbay Citadel? Built in a medieval style in 1480, it took the place of the seventh wonder of the world: the lighthouse of Alexandria. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a succession of earthquakes. If you can’t admire this legendary building, take the time to stroll through the citadel’s gardens and then head towards the modern Alexandrina Library by taking the cornice. With a glass roof and seven floors, it replaces the old library and contains more than 200,000 books! After the visit, continue along the seafront and cross the Stanley Bridge. A must-see, it was built in 2001 and is a meeting place for Alexandrians who love to contemplate the bay. You will then arrive (after a good hour’s walk) at the Montazah Palace. Place of residence of the Egyptian presidents, it cannot be visited, but its 150-hectare gardens are worth the detour! Punctuated with palm trees and flower beds, they look like an oasis by the sea.

On the second day, and depending on your time, immerse yourself a little more in the ancient history of Alexandria by exploring the catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa. Dating from the Greco-Roman period, this burial site is believed to be the largest burial site in the country. Fascinating!

 

Alexandria lifestyle

Alexandria is a coastal city known for its fish market in the district of El Gomrock. A lively place, where tourists and locals alike enjoy haggling. The best way to get a front row seat and see the fishermen landing is to get there early in the morning. A dive that will certainly make your mouth water. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! With its charming marinas, Alexandria is the perfect place to eat fresh fish and seafood.

 

Alexandria lifestyle

Alexandria is a coastal city known for its fish market in the district of El Gomrock. A lively place, where tourists and locals alike enjoy haggling. The best way to get a front row seat and see the fishermen landing is to get there early in the morning. A dive that will certainly make your mouth water. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! With its charming marinas, Alexandria is the perfect place to eat fresh fish and seafood.