Fort Qaitbey
Fort Qaitbey
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by sea.
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  • anezreltub
    Ramsey, United Kingdom111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    Big queue for tickets as it was a public holiday, also couldn't park nearby so had a 5-6minute walk in the sunshine from where we were dropped off. Our guide had pre paid tickets and we spent about an hour wandering around. Great views of the sea. We took a boat trip too across the Med to the library and back..200egp each..about £5 Lots of market stalls selling shells, jewellery, ornaments etc. Weren't hassled as you past by unlike other parts of Egypt. We didn't buy anything as visited at the end of our holiday and had bought all our souvenirs.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea!
    Getting tickets was pretty much hassle-free, and they accept cards. As for the fort itself, we were able to explore the entire fort at a relaxed pace. We were also able to see the surroundings also at a relaxed pace. The main entrance had a hole at the ceiling, and it turns out that's where defenders would pour boiling oil to potential invaders. That must have hurt! The view of the Mediterranean was unrivalled in Alexandria. The fort also had a large Egyptian flag at the top, pretty epic.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once there was a lighthouse
    The Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and now at its place there's this majestic Citadel, built in the Middle Ages by Sultan Al-Ashraf. It has very thick walls and you can enjoy a fantastic view above Alexandria. The inner garden is interesting too.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 9, 2023
  • WTBManila
    Falls Church, Virginia230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth traveling from Cairo for this alone.
    Stunning views. Wondrous glimpse into some 5-600 year old history with panoramic views of Alexandria. Top tip - try and buy tickets online in advance. Queues were ridiculously long and slow. Admittedly on a Saturday.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 29, 2024
  • Voyager_Nineteen71
    Pune, India585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A site to visit
    We were looking forward to visiting this place given the history about the lighthouse that was there earlier. Even without the lighthouse, it was a very nice experience. Our guide explained to us about the background of the citadel - the lighthouse built by Ptolemy, the mosque and now the citadel. On going inside the structure after paying 150 EGY Pounds, there are rooms on the ground surrounding the main citadel. There are 4 floors and we can climb up to 3 but the stairs are steep and not advisable for people who are very old. On the first floor, one can take a round and experience the cool Mediterranean breeze as well as have a great view of the city at a distance and the blue waters. Second and third floors had rooms with the third floor housing the sultan's room. This attraction is very crowded on the weekends and ticket lines can take time. Worth a visit though.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2024
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ricardorJ3699QO
POMPANO BEACH, United States42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The views from this fort are amazing. Worth the entrance fee. Good to view and simply relax. We visited during the afternoon. There was not a lot of other tourist there and we were able to wander around without seeing to many other tourist.
Written December 22, 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This fortress is built on the same sight as the famous Alexandria lighthouse. Some of the original material from the lighthouse were used in the construction.

It is an incredible place for the views of the sea and the coast. Lovely to walk around and enjoy the breeze from the water. You can visit all of the inside plus wonder the outside grounds.

Well worth a visit.
Written May 1, 2020
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anezreltub
Ramsey, UK111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Big queue for tickets as it was a public holiday, also couldn't park nearby so had a 5-6minute walk in the sunshine from where we were dropped off.
Our guide had pre paid tickets and we spent about an hour wandering around. Great views of the sea. We took a boat trip too across the Med to the library and back..200egp each..about £5
Lots of market stalls selling shells, jewellery, ornaments etc. Weren't hassled as you past by unlike other parts of Egypt. We didn't buy anything as visited at the end of our holiday and had bought all our souvenirs.
Written July 2, 2023
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visiting the Citadel was a fine experience. At the entrance there is a sign that the Citadel was established in 882AH -1477AD. The building was a defence fortress and also houses the second oldest mosque in Alexandria. This mosque occupies more than half of the first floor area.

The Fort offers a great panaromic view of the Mediterranean Sea.

The visit time recommended here is about two hours. the Citadel has three floors. Exercise caution when climbing the stairs.

Munir D.
Written June 28, 2020
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CDMG123
Cairo, Egypt633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
This fort was my main reason for coming up to Alexandria, and it did not disappoint. The 3 accessible floors all have different views, and the mosaic mosque floor on the first level is stunning. The views through the small windows in the thick stone walls are breathtaking.
Written April 9, 2022
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Hassan M
Cape Town Central, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was a fascinating visit to an old fort built in the 1480s. A small fee is payable for entry. It is quite big with many nooks and crannies. There is a basement section and one has access to the top of the walls. There is a mosque in the interior.
Written January 5, 2020
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Mus
Toronto, Canada116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It’s a very beautiful citadel. You have access to pretty much every corner of it. The view is stunning. It’s a must see if you’re in Alexandria, even for a day trip.
From there you’d have a beautiful view of the sea, the corniche and part of the city.
If you’re by the downtown area or at the corniche, you can walk to the citadel. There is a fee for the entrance and it’s 60 EGP, but it’s definitely worth it.
Written February 22, 2020
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KC_in_NY
New Rochelle, NY2,269 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The fort itself is a challenge to get to by vehicle. Recommend walking there if you're comfortable with the crowds and being harassed along the way. It has a great view of the city and the water. Opted out of the tour and glad I did since there wasn't that much to see of the fort itself.
Written January 16, 2022
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Aadhes
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This fort was built centuries ago on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea. Entry fee is EGP 60 Worth a visit. If you a photographic enthusiast this is the place for you. Very charming. Worth a visit.
Written January 4, 2020
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Getting tickets was pretty much hassle-free, and they accept cards. As for the fort itself, we were able to explore the entire fort at a relaxed pace. We were also able to see the surroundings also at a relaxed pace. The main entrance had a hole at the ceiling, and it turns out that's where defenders would pour boiling oil to potential invaders. That must have hurt!

The view of the Mediterranean was unrivalled in Alexandria. The fort also had a large Egyptian flag at the top, pretty epic.
Written November 23, 2023
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