Fly To Alexandria, Egypt
Known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean,” Alexandria used to be one of the greatest cities in the Hellenic world. Today, it remains a fascinating, cosmopolitan city, a blend of modernity and history, still retaining its Mediterranean ambience and Greco Roman monuments.
Borg El Arab International Airport
All flights to Alexandria are handled by Borg El Arab (IATA: HBE) International Airport. Since 2010, HBE has had a major expansion in its passenger and cargo handling capacity as a result of the growing demand. It is estimated that the airport serves 1.5 million passengers annually, offering flights from regular and charter carriers to domestic and popular global destinations.
Extending at approximately 70km, the Alexandrian coastline stretches from the Nile Delta to the west to Mariout Lake in the east. The coastline features wonderful sightseeing starting from the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th century defensive fortress that was built by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay. The roof of the Citadel offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos Lighthouse, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 137 meters tall, the Pharos was built by Ptolemy I in 280 BC, following the death of Alexander the Great. The symbol of culture was demised by a series of strong earthquakes in the region between the 3rd and the 12th century, and it was fully destroyed in the 14th century. However, Egypt’s Supreme Antiquities Council plans to rebuild the Pharos at its original location.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is the perfect remake of the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest libraries in the ancient world that has suffered several fires or acts of destruction of varying degrees over many years. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is both an honor to the ancient library as well as an attempt to revitalize a part of the brilliance that this earlier center of culture and knowledge represented.
The former building of the U.S. Consulate is now Alexandria's National Museum. Inaugurated in December 31, 2003 by Hosni Mubarak, the Museum is home to Pharaonic antiquities and Hellenistic displays, along with findings from the Byzantine and Islamic periods.
Other worth visiting sights in Alexandria include the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, the underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura, the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque and the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark.
For a wide variety of flavors coming from all over the world, visit the restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Delicious meals from the Greek, French, Italian, Mexican and American cuisine, among others, in a wonderful setting, where you can walk and feel the vibes of the city. Add a polished atmosphere, delicate ingredients and high-quality service, and you will have an unforgettable culinary experience.
Things to Do
Visit the Montazah Palace and Gardens, considered one of the most stunning parks in Egypt. Witness the Roman Amphitheater, home to chariot races and gladiator fights. Visit Pompey's Pillar, the highest Roman triumphal column ever erected outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. Go sandboarding. Join a Nile River Cruise. Go to the Souq district.
Hotels and Accommodation
Due to political turmoil of 2011, Alexandria offers great accommodation at low prices. Make sure to do your research before booking your accommodation.
Leading car hire companies have their offices at Borg El Arab Airport. You will be offered the best car rental packages at the lowest price guaranteed.
Best Time to Visit
Alexandria’s Mediterranean climate features warmer winters and cooler summers than in other parts of Egypt, like, for instance, in Cairo. From December to February, the temperature ranges between 10 and 20 Celsius, with rainfalls, whereas between June and August, it may climb at 34 Celsius. At night, the refreshing breeze from the Mediterranean Sea is extremely pleasant. The best time to visit Alexandria is from March to June and from September to November, when the average temperature is between 22 and 25 Celsius.