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Things to do in Alexandria

Alexandria is the largest seaport in Egypt

If you’re coming from the Mediterranean, Alexandria is your gateway to Egypt. It is one of the country’s finest port cities and best holiday destinations. History buffs will surely love to learn a great deal about Alexandria’s legendary past while beach lovers will be amazed by the fine-sand beaches that the city offers to tourists.

 

Things to do in Alexandria

The city of Alexandria is an exciting place with an interesting story that stretches far, far back in time. History buffs will love all the interesting things to do in Alexandria.

 

Old Town Alexandria

The Old Town of Alexandria is a must-visit for tourists of all walks of life. In this ancient part of the city lie some of the oldest historic icons in Egypt. There are also an assortment of bookshops, restaurants, and cafes in the Old Town so that you can relax a bit after a long day of walking and sightseeing.

 

Visit the harbor area

You can also walk along the Corniche, the 15-kilometer boardwalk along Alexandria’s harbor, and discover traditional markets, historic sites, and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

 

Beaches

Of course, the beaches of Alexandria are something you shouldn’t miss. Two of the most famous beaches in the city are the Montazah Beach and the Maa’moura Beach. You can try different water activities like wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, and cruising.

 

When to go to Alexandria

Alexandria has a hot desert climate with strong Mediterranean influences. Summers are hot and humid while winters are cool and mild. During the coolest months of January and February, the city experiences average temperatures ranging from 5 to 12 °C (41 to 54 °F). Winter is also the rainiest season in Alexandria. July and August are the city’s hottest months, with a daytime high of 30 °C (86 °F) and very little precipitation.

 

The best time to visit Alexandria is during the spring and autumn seasons, from March to June and from September to November. Summer is a very busy period since Egyptians flock to the city to escape the heat while winter can hinder your travel plans because of the rain and hail.

 

Alexandria Facts

Population4 546 231
CountryEgypt
LanguageEgyptian Arabic
CurrencyEgyptian Pound
Longitude29.916667
Latitude31.2
AirportAlexandria Intl, Egypt (ALY)

Alexandria average temperatures

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OPERA

Alexandria Opera House

Sayyid Darwish Theatre

This Egyptian opera house, originally named Teatro Mohamed Ali in 1921 when it was founded, is now called Sayyid Darwish Theatre or simply The Alexandria Opera House. Sayyid Darwish was a famous Egyptian singer and composer who was the main figure behind the sound of the Egyptian national anthem. The Sayyid Darwish Theatre is a humble but beautiful cultural landmark that in the year 2000 was made part of the National Heritage list of Egypt. Make sure to pay it a visit when you are in Alexandria!

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Alexandria - Abu Mena

Menas of Alexandria was an officer in the army of Roman emperor Diocletian. After the victory of his army, Menas declared his Christianity and refused to kill any Christian, a decision that lead to him being martyred. The martyr’s tomb, located south of Alexandria, turned into a Christian pilgrimage centre. The site became a holy city built over the tomb, with a church, monasteries, streets and houses and kept growing between the fifth and sixth centuries. Today, although there are few standing remains after its destruction by the Muslim conquest of the mid-7th century, the site is considered World Heritage by UNESCO.

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