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The Best Things to Do and See in Alexandria

Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city of Egypt with a long and rich history but also a vibrant contemporary life full of attractions, art, cafes, and restaurants. This is a small guide to barely get you started on experiencing everything that this lively and extraordinary city has to offer. From streets full of cafés and shops, to popping into art galleries, here’s few suggestions for the top things to see and do in Alexandria, Egypt.

Browse the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Library in Alexandria, Egypt | © Ioannis Doukakis

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a landmark contemporary library complex in the city. A timeless library and most significant libraries of the ancient world. An eleven floors structure with about floors holding over 5 million books. Millions of volumes on the endless shelves to overwhelm one, and the architecture is also very interesting and worth exploring. A vast modernist library complex with curving facade, plus 4 museums and a planetarium. This delightfully eccentric place is one of the most top-rated tourist attractions in Alexrandria, Egypt.

Address: Al Azaritah WA Ash Shatebi, Qism Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Visit the museums and architectures

Montaza Palace
Montaza Palace in Alexandria, Egypt | © Mahmoud Eraki

Alexandria is a beautifully historic city with plenty of centuries-old buildings, and full of rich Egyptian history, museums are a part of the vibrant local culture here. The Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque and Montaza Palace, while amazing to see, aren’t the only ones worth visiting. Visit the Royal Jewelry Museum, one of the most important historical museums in Alexandria and located on the Zizenia neighborhood.

Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 19 Al Akbat Church, Alexandria 

Sidi Abo El Abbas El Morsi Mosque, El-Sayed Mohammed Karim, Alexandria 

Montaza Palace, Al Mandarah Bahri, Alexandria 

Royal Jewelry Museum, Alexandria, Egypt

Soak up the city with a coffee

Brazilian Coffee Stores
Brazilian Coffee Stores | © Hashem Mohamed

Head to the Ataren neighbourhood and sip a coffee at the famous coffee shop – Brazilian Coffee Stores. Watch life pass by in this part of Alexandria and feel the authentic energy. You’ll enjoy the sights and get a sense of the rhythms of everyday life in the city.

Address: Al Mesallah Sharq, Ataren, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Go to the Corniche

Most Beautiful Skylines in Africa
Corniche waterfront in Alexandria, Egypt. © David Evers/Wikimedia Commons

This is a panoramic view of Alexandria unlike any other, from the city’s waterfront promenade Corniche in running along the Eastern Harbour. The waterfront is incredibly picturesque and it is one of the major corridors for traffic in Alexandria.

Go to the Citadel of Qaitbay

Things to Do and See in Alexandria
Citadel of Qaitbay, a fortress and naval museum in Alexandria, Egypt | © Travelto Egypt/Flickr

At the Citadel of Qaitbay, you’ll be transported back in time to ancient Egypt. There’s always a tour guide available to take visitors through the citadel, giving detailed information of this historic landmark attraction. This 15th-century defensive fortress of the city is located on the Mediterranean Sea coast, which provides a good view of the sea. Always a beautiful place to visit whenever in Alexandria, Egypt. A late afternoon cruise is always fantastic, the cool breeze from the sea makes it very refreshing and relaxing.

Address: As Sayalah Sharq, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Visit the El Maamoura Beach

The Most Beautiful Beaches in Alexandria
El Maamoura Beach beachfront | Photo: Courtesy of Instagram

Enjoy the sun, sea and sand when you visit El Maamoura Beach, one of the liveliest places in Alexandria. One of the most popular beaches in Egypt. Close to a variety of attractions and with many places to eat, shop and chill, making at stop here puts you right at the heart of the action. Enjoying the best of both the city and the beach.

Shop for fish and fresh produce

From the Souq district to the Anfushi fish market, Alexandria have several markets where you’ll get to see all the delicious seafood and fresh produce brought in fresh every day by fishermen and farmers. There is also an antique market where item collectors will have a blast diving through to mark a collector’s moment in this city.

We also recommend our guide to the top-rated tourist attractions in Dahab.


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