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About Alexandria

Alexandria or also known as Al-Iskandariyyah is one of the many big cities in Egypt. It is located in the Mediterranean region and is quite famous as the Hellenic science and scholarship centre.

Alexandria city is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Nile River Delta and Cairo city and covers more than 300 square kilometre radius. Before Egypt was invaded by the Romans, Alexandria was the capital city of Egypt. However, it was later merged with Cairo making Cairo one of the biggest cities in Egypt today. The city was the centre of early Christianity, and hence you can find Coptic Orthodox Churches there.

Due to the constant invasions from the Romans followed by the Arabs, the city had lost most of its significance. After the 18th century, Alexandria became the centre of many international activities such as the shipping industry and other such major trading centres in the whole world. The connection between both the largest seas such as the Red sea and the Mediterranean Sea, this city became a major hub of many international trades.

Population

According to the population census that was conducted in 2021, Alexandria city has over 5,381,000 residents in it.

History

The radiocarbon dating of many architectures and seashell fragments has shed light on the fact that many human kingdoms have flourished in this city from 27th to 21st centuries BC. There is not much evidence that explains this city since then, till Alexander discovered the place.

Alexandria city has made quite a name even in the historical pages because of some names such as Alexander Cleopatra. It was Alexander the Great, the King of Macedon who actually founded the city in 331 BC. The city was then declared the capital city of Egypt in the 4th century and stayed the capital city till Egypt was invaded by the Arabs in the 7th century.

The city was first known by the name Rhacotis and became Alexandria after it was founded by King Alexander. The first civilization to flourish in the city is Hellenistic Civilization. Later the other civilizations such as Byzantine and Roman also flourished here for more than 10 centuries.

Weather

Egypt is a land of deserts, and hence hot desert climatic conditions are common during the summer season. However, Alexandria and Rafah cities take pride in being the wettest cities in Egypt because of their access to the Mediterranean Sea. You can expect moderate, not seasonal, variable rainy seasons in Alexandria.

Violent storms and hail and sleet and even violent rainfall are sometimes expected in Alexandria throughout the year. Sometimes, there might even be the occasional flooding due to heavy rainfall.

Best Time to Visit

The most expected time of the year when there is heavy traffic of tourists to Egypt is during the months of January and February. These are the coolest months in the year, and sometimes there will even be snowing now and then during these months. Hence, the maximum percentage of tourists around the world prefers visiting Alexandria during these months.

If you love lying down under the hot sun, then we recommend you visit the city during the months of July and August. These are the best months to stretch your body under the hot sun, while enjoying the vast view of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Things to Do

When in Alexandria, do not forget to visit:

  • Lighthouse of Alexandria (one of the seven wonders in the world)
  • Greatest Library (the largest library that ever existed in the whole world)
  • Serapeum Temple
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque
  • Corniche
  • Alexandria National Museum
  • Church of Alexandria
  • Montazah Palace Gardens
  • Royal Jewellery Museum
  • Stanley Bridge
  • Soug District
  • Kom ash-Shuqqafa Catacombs
  • Pompey’s Pillar (A Roman Triumphal Column)
  • Acropolis Hill
  • Kom El Daka Excavation grounds
  • Taposiris Magna Temple
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib Mosque
  • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Bilal Mosque
  • Hatem Mosque in Somouha
  • Al-Gamaa al-Bahari Mosque in Mandara
  • Hoda el-Islam Mosque located in Sidi Bishr
  • Saint Mark Cathedral
  • Al-Mowasah Mosque located in Hadara
  • Acacia Country Club
  • El Krom Stadium
  • Al-Shohadaa Mosque in Mostafa Kamel
  • Sharq al-Madina Mosque located in Miami
  • Saint George’s Church
  • Haras El Hodoud Stadium (Border Guard Stadium)
  • Yehia Mosque in Zizinia
  • Al Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque
  • Unknown Navy Soldier Monument
  • Borg El Arab Stadium
  • Saint Pope Peter I and Mark Church
  • Saint Mary Church
  • Cavafy Museum
  • Graeco-Roman Museum
  • Alexandria Opera House
  • Shallalat Gardens
  • Fawzia Fahmy Palace
  • Cairo City
  • Fort Qaitbey
  • Ras el-Tin Palace
  • Cleopatra’s Palace
  • Anfushi District
  • Main Souk Area
  • El Alamein War Memorial Ground

 

Do not forget to enjoy:

  • Going on a horse carriage tour in Alexandria
  • Tour from Alexandria to Cairo from car
  • Trip to Rosetta from Alexandria
  • Day tour in Alexandria
  • Visit the landmarks in Alexandria
  • Cruise to Luxor from Aswan in 4 days and 3 nights’ package
  • Food tour in Alexandria
  • Camping trips in the Black and White Desserts
  • Hot air balloon ride in Alexandria
  • 2 nights’ tour to Aswan and Luxor along with a plane tour
  • Trip to the famous Giza Pyramids

Airport Information

The nearest airport that is located close to Alexandria city is El Nouzha Airport. It is located about 2.3 miles / 3.7 kilometers away from the city and also about 18.1 kilometers / 11.2 miles away from west of Kafr and Dawwar. This is the nearest airport when compared with the other international airports that are located in Egypt.

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