Saturday, May 18, 2013

Alexandria Egypt Travel

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria has a Mediterranean atmosphere of the Middle East and is known as "the pearl of the Mediterranean". Welcome to antiquities of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Alexandria is ideal for a stopover on the way to beautiful Mediterranean coast of Egypt. Located north of Cairo on the Nile delta where the Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Alexandria gives a series of bays with beaches of golden sand.

Shopping in Alexandria is an experience not to be missed on your travel deals to Egypt. Visit the gold souks and money Manshiya El and El Attareen, the fish market on the way to the Corniche El Kashafa, memory and stores used books in the district Attarin and bazaars of Al- Witwalli Street. Do not forget to haggle when buying as is traditional in these regions. Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, so men and women should always remember to "cover" and never go out in revealing clothing or equipment.

Golfers can enjoy a round or two at the oldest golf course in Egypt Alexandria Sporting Club, which was built in 1890 and Porto Marina Golf Course, which includes a championship course, a floodlit driving range with 20 tees and seven target greens.

Eating is a great experience in Alexandria. Do not miss the traditional Egyptian mezzeh starters, lamb shwarma (the Egyptian equivalent of Turkish doner kebabs) and delicious desserts and pastries, honey, dates soaked in milk and cooked rice.

Places to visit in Alexandria

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Opened in 2002, this wonderful piece of architecture that resembles a giant sundial is stunning reincarnation of the famous ancient library of Alexandria. The original library was home to the largest collection of manuscripts in the world and was an important center of learning for 600 years until it was burned in the 3rd century.

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

Located south of Fort Qaitbay on the Corniche is a beautiful mosque which was built on the ruins of an ancient mosque in 1943. The mosque has a minaret and four domes and is one of the most important Islamic monuments of Alexandria. Women are not allowed inside the mosque proper and can not visit a room at the back of the mosque.

El Alamein

The city of Al Alamein on the Mediterranean Sea is where fighting between Rommel and Montgomery were held during World War II. Today, cemeteries, war graves and monuments can be seen here as reminders of the past history of the city.

With QuaitbayNow houses a naval museum, the fort of the 15th century on the site of the original Lighthouse lighthouse was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century.Ancient Alexandria under the sea

Much of ancient Alexandria lies under the sea Take a dive trip to the discovery of numerous archaeological remains of the city that are stored in this giant underwater museum.

Alexandria experiences mild, rainy winters and hot summers that can often be very wet. January and February are the coldest months with temperatures reaching 12C-18C and minimum temperatures of 5C. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures averaging 30C.

Combine your package holidays in Sharm el Sheikh and Cairo a few days in this fascinating city for a perfect Egyptian stay.

Emma Healey is the co-founder and owner of, specialists in bargain holidays and holiday packages to worldwide. Thank you for taking the time to read my article and do not forget to look out for more of my articles I write many travel blogs and have some great topics to come.

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