Alexandria is a city for all seasons. It has a charming cool weather in the summer suitable for doing a multitude of activities, while the winter months, cold as they might be, has a special place in the hearts of the season lovers.
If you live in Egypt, chances are you have visited the city more than once, but are you sure you have seen everything in it? Here you will find the best places to spend a fun day in Alexandria.
– Bibliotheca Alexandrina
From the architectural perspective, Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a piece of art with a very vast area. It is a momentous cultural center that comprises museums and art galleries and also it has more than 2 million books in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German in various fields with the possibility of searching for books through the library archive on computers .
The Corniche is one of the most popular places in Alexandria.,It overlooks the sea and extends from Citadel of Qaitbay in the west to Montazah Palace in the east. It is definitely one of the top choices in town to go for a stroll, where you can find restaurants and cafés, you can spend some time in front of a stunning panoramic view, especially at sunset.
As the largest garden in Alexandria, Al-Montazah is a historic complex that comprises many palaces, the most famous of which is King Farouk’s, which was designed in a unique architectural style and includes a large garden overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
If you need a dose of tranquility, a trip to Montazah is perfect for a relaxing walk.
Located about 1km east of Montazah, Mamoura is one of Alexandria’s most famous beaches. But what distinguishes it from other beaches in Alexandria is its separation from the main road, meaning there’s no noisy traffic behind you.
– Fort Qaitbey
Walk along the shore-front corniche road due west, and you’ll finally arrive at the Citadel of Qaitbay. It is one of Alexandria’s most beautiful historical and archaeological attractions.
Fort Qaitbay was built by Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay in an attempt to fortify this important Egyptian port from naval attacks in the same site of the old Lighthouse of Alexandria. As a matter of fact, rubble from the ruins of the lighthouse was used in its construction. Inside, you can explore a series of stone-walled chambers and climb up to the roof for a view of the Mediterranean Sea.
– Alexandria’s National Museum
Alexandria’s National Museum is a must-stop if you want to get a grip of the rich history of this famed city. This Museum was inaugurated in 2003 and is located in a restored Italian palace that used to house the United States consulate.
The museum contains more than 1,800 artifacts that narrate the history of Alexandria. Most of them come from other Egyptian museums.
– Stanley Bridge
Stanley Bridge is the first bridge in Egypt to be constructed over the sea, it offers great panoramic views of the Mediterranean, becoming an even more special place to visit at night. The bridge has a total length of 400 meters. It is a good place to come and enjoy the sea breeze or have a nice walk around before or after dining at one of the restaurants in the area.
– San Stefano
It is one of the most luxurious areas in Alexandria, which includes Four Seasons hotel that features spacious guest rooms. It has also a shopping mall, so if you are looking for more distinguished brands, it is the best place to shop.