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You're Going to Love Alexandria

One of the great centers of learning in the ancient world and famous for its beautiful harbor, Alexandria has seduced poets, novelists, and travelers for centuries. With its unique blend of European and Middle Eastern culture, there's nowhere quite like Alexandria.

Where else can you tour ancient ruins like the Pharos Lighthouse and the Great Library, before visiting elegant 19th-century theaters and galleries to see works by modern Egyptians and classical concerts?

This modern city is fast becoming Egypt's cultural nexus as well. It's where novelists, musicians, artists, and playwrights come to show off their skills. Add to that wonderful seafood, lively markets, and a burgeoning nightlife scene, and you've got a true Mediterranean marvel.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Alexandria

When to Visit Alexandria

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Summers are blazing hot in Alexandria, but with the city beaches available when you need them and plenty of shady gardens in town, cooling off isn't a problem. However, crowds can be, so try a vacation in April or May or September or October to enjoy great weather and a more relaxing sightseeing experience.

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Where to Stay in Alexandria

Most of the finest hotels in Alexandria are clustered around the Corniche - the seafront promenade - and there are some truly exceptional options. Some highlights include the Helnan Palestine (which has 350 acres of grounds), the Four Seasons San Stefano, with a comprehensive spa facility, and the elegant Steigenberger Cecil.

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Shopping Streets

If you fancy an adventure, why not dive into the winding streets of the Souq district off Midan Tahrir, or peruse the stalls at the huge Attareen antiques market? The latter is a great place to pick up souvenirs like perfumes, carpets, and assorted antiques. A much more conventional shopping experience can be found at malls like San Stefano Grand Plaza or Mirage Mini Mall.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarket chains include Dinosaur, Spinneys, Carrefour, and Zahran, which tend to be dotted around Downtown Alexandria. Food prices are around E£40 for a gallon of milk and E£15 for 12 eggs.

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C$ 2.12
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A pair of jeans
C$ 28.60
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C$ 0.15
C$ 0.92

Where to Eat in Alexandria

Seafood is the main attraction for gastronomes in Alexandria, which is one of the best places on the Mediterranean to find affordable gourmet dishes. Head straight for established high-end places like Byblos, Athineos, La Veranda, or Ibn el-Balad or try lesser-known gems like Kushari Bondok, which specializes in kushari (featuring layers of macaroni, rice, lentils, and tomato sauce). Expect a meal at the best restaurants to cost about E£200.