After discovering the desert, hiking through the mountains, and watching the stars and galaxies; let’s plan our next weekend in a place where we can enjoy our time by the sea.
Our next destination is Alexandria, a Mediterranean Port City in Egypt. It was once home to a lighthouse ranking among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as a storied library.
When should you go?
The best time to go to Alexandria is between September and April; where you can enjoy winter and the cool weather. There won’t be any heavy traffic during these months as the summertime ends by mid-September.
How will you go?
You have several options:
1- By your car.
2- Using Swvl. It has 15 different time slots every day from Cairo to Alexandria, and the price ranges from 140 to 160 EGP. You can book directly from the App.
3- Using Go Bus. It has more than 10 different time slots every day. Prices start from 90 EGP depending on the class you choose. You can reserve online here.
4- By Train. There are two types:
- The direct route, which is a non-stop train and goes straight from Cairo to Alexandria. The prices start from 70 EGP depending on the class, and it takes about 3 hours.
- The indirect route which stops at 5 stations on the way. The prices range between 35 EGP and 60 EGP depending on the class, and it takes about 5 hours to get there.
You can reserve online or from the station in Ramses.
Here are six places that you can visit in Alexandria other than going for seafood:
1- El Montazah
It’s the largest park in Alexandria, where King Farouk Palace resides as well as several other palaces. There are mooring yachts, and it’s a great place to have a barbecue outdoors since the ticket is only 25 EGP per person. You can also visit El-Ma3moura and go cycling. I spent a week in Alexandria last December, and the weather was perfect for cycling in the morning. You can tour around the beach and breathe in the clean air to refresh your body and mind.
2- The Library of Alexandria
With its ingenious architecture and many museums it’s home to like the Sadat Museum and the Museum of Pharaonic Antiquities; the library of Alexandria is a must see. The ticket costs 4 EGP only. The library always hosts different kinds of events like: music performances and talks about history and astronomy.
3- The Royal Jewelry Museum
It can be found in the former palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra'. The building's halls contain a large collection of jewels and jewelry from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. The ticket costs 20EGP (5EGP for students), and it’s located in Ahmed Yehia Street. It’s a huge building with a large collection of jewelry from different eras. It’s a great chance to get a look at the jewels of the past and see how it developed to what we wear today. A must see for all you fashionistas.
4- El Shalalat Park
The park is made up of an 8-acre area full of different trees, plants, and tanks where water used to be stored centuries ago, as well as the remains of the wall of Alexandria. You can take your family for a long walk or a picnic next to one of the man-made lakes there.
5- The Santalucia restaurant
One of the oldest (if not the oldest) restaurants in Alexandria, established in 1932. It prepared meals for several kings and queens throughout its history like Queen Farida (the first wife of King Farouk). It’ll take you back in time and you’ll feel like you’re sitting in an old black and white movie. The restaurant is in front of Cinema Metro in Ma7tet el Raml, and it is worth booking beforehand because sometimes it gets really busy.
6- The Dome of the Shoqafa in the Wardian Cemetery
Visit the archaeological cemetery, located in the Kom El Shoqafa area in the Karmouz neighborhood. The area is part of ancient Alexandria. This little unknown gem will make you feel like you went back in time to the Greek Empire.
That's pretty much it! Alexandria is full of beautiful places you can visit and great seafood but these were my top picks.
Did I miss anything? What’s your favorite place to go to in Alexandria? Let us know in the comments!