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Best of Alexandria Guide

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Alexandria
The Pearl of the Mediterranean has an ambiance more in keeping with its neighbors to the north than with those in the Middle East. Site of Pharos lighthouse, one of the Wonders of the World, and of Anthony and Cleopatra’s tempestuous romance, the city was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE. Today, Alexandria offers fascinating insights into its proud Greek past, as well as interesting mosques, the casino strip of the Corniche, some lovely gardens and both modern and traditional hotels. (Editor's note: Our list was compiled before political unrest prompted many countries to issue travel warnings for Egypt. If you're currently planning a trip to Egypt, please consider the risks and monitor your government's... more The Pearl of the Mediterranean has an ambiance more in keeping with its neighbors to the north than with those in the Middle East. Site of Pharos lighthouse, one of the Wonders of the World, and of Anthony and Cleopatra’s tempestuous romance, the city was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE. Today, Alexandria offers fascinating insights into its proud Greek past, as well as interesting mosques, the casino strip of the Corniche, some lovely gardens and both modern and traditional hotels. (Editor's note: Our list was compiled before political unrest prompted many countries to issue travel warnings for Egypt. If you're currently planning a trip to Egypt, please consider the risks and monitor your government's travel alerts.) less

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Owner description: Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A... more Owner description: Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Libraries; Art Museums
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Montazah Palace Gardens
Montazah Palace Gardens
Royal gardens of King Faruk. The king was the last Egyptian monarch.
Attraction type: Gardens; Parks
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Fort Qaitbey
Fort Qaitbey
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Stanley Bridge
Stanley Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
An ancient circular staircase leads down into these tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine emporers (2nd century AD).
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins

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Balbaa Village
Balbaa Village
Ranked #1 of 1,245 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal, Egyptian, Barbecue, Grill
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Fish Market
Fish Market
Ranked #2 of 1,245 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Egyptian
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
White and Blue Restaurant
White and Blue Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 1,245 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
L Passage
L Passage
Ranked #4 of 1,245 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price: $5 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Japanese, American, Lebanese, Pizza, Mediterranean, Sushi, Asian, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, European
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sea Gull
Sea Gull
Ranked #5 of 1,245 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Egyptian
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Alexander the Great Hotel
3.0 of 5
Alexander the Great Hotel
$30 - $74
Ranked #1 of 20 Alexandria B&B and Inns
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Al Maghraby Hotel
$48 - $65
Ranked #19 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Steigenberger Cecil Hotel
4.0 of 5
Steigenberger Cecil Hotel
$90 - $169
Ranked #7 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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Grand Royal Alex Hotel
4.0 of 5
Grand Royal Alex Hotel
$64 - $113
Ranked #9 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel
4.0 of 5
Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel
$85 - $123
Ranked #10 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria
$284 - $505
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria
4.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria
$155 - $398
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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Hilton Alexandria Corniche
5.0 of 5
Hilton Alexandria Corniche
$150 - $405
Ranked #3 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.