Alexandria, Egypt

#3 in Best Places to Visit in Egypt - In 311 BC, one of the world’s most famous kings, Alexander the Great, founded a blooming metropolis and named it after himself. For a long time it was a culture center of the empire and now it is Egypt’s second largest city. It is a popular tourist attraction not only because of its historical heritage but also for its beaches that make it as a renowned resort.

Things to do in Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a must-see sightseeing highlight when visiting the city. It is situated near the site where the initial library used to stand. It has a major role in the ancient culture. The modern building holds a collection of more that 8 million books and some museums are included in it and therefore it is truly worth visiting.

The visitors of the city are also advised to visit such museums as Greco-Roman Museum, The Museum of National arts or the Alexandria National Museum, which contains an impressive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Definitely go to the Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi. It is claimed to be one of the most beautiful in Alexandria.

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi

Originally, there was a tomb of a Spanish saint but eventually it became a sacred place and went through several reconstructions. The cream-color building with its stunning architecture is definitely a must-see site.

Montazah Palace

Montazah Palace

In the Montaza district you can take a tour in the Montazah Palace, where it will be possible for you to escape from the rushing city. It was built in 1892 and is popular among the visitors because it is quite well preserved and has some beautiful gardens where pines, palms, date trees grow. Even though the whole area does not have much of a historical sense, it is still very suitable for tourists that seek to take a look at the modern Egypt.

In Montazah you will find some beaches and this kind of resorts you will see along the whole coastline. Even if lots of them are for a private use, you will find numerous free beaches too, like Sidi Bishr Beach. However, go to these resorts only if you don’t mind that they are crowded.

The city is a great mix of modern culture, historical and religious heritage and seaside resorts so everyone will find something for the taste of each one.

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