Top 12 Activities in Alexandria in 2017

Founded by Alexander the Great and ruled over by Queen Cleopatra, the Mediterranean port city of Egypt, Alexandria, is home to many historical wonders and exciting places for visitors to see and explore. Here you will find, among other things, an amazing library, a delightful palace and some historical marvels to boot.

These are the top 12 Alexandria activities to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Immerse yourself in Bibliotheca Alexandrina

This library is one of the most special places you can explore in the city, and is a dedication to the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Not only is it found within a truly beautiful building but it’s also home to a vast store of history, arts, philosophy and much more, contained inside its museums and books.

Aside from being able to hold up to 2000 bookworms at a time, it offers an educational experience for all visitors to Alexandria – regardless of their age or interests.

Contact: (20) 03  4839999

Website: www.bibalex.org

Address: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Corniche Alexandria, Egypt

#2 Be dazzled by Montazah Palace

Built high up on a hill, overlooking Alexandria’s most beautiful beach, this palace is a visual feast. Not only is it an architectural masterpiece but its lovely gardens are really something to behold.

Walk amid tall palms and fragrant flowers, as you soak up a little of Alexandria’s more glamourous history.

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Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Montazah Palace, Al Mandarah Bahri, Qism El-Montaza, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

#3 Explore Alexandria National Museum (ANM)

The ANM spans across three floors and provides wonderful insight into former times. It covers everything from the Pharaonic era to the Byzantine and Islamic periods.

Within you will find excellent displays, maps, drawings and more, all of which will help you to re-imagine days long gone. It’s also a great place for the whole family to explore.

Contact: (20) 3 4835519

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Alexandria National Museum, Tariq al-Horreya Street, Alexandria, Egypt

#4 Step back in time at Citadel of Qaitbay 

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This 15th century fortress is not only iconic thanks to its own history but perhaps more especially for its unique location: on the foundation of what was once the legendary Pharos Lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

It’s worth exploring the fortress from within, allowing your mind’s eye to recreate the vast structure, which once stood here. Afterwards, indulge in the peninsula’s shops, restaurants and views.

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Website: www.memphistours.com

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

#5 Unearth the wonders of Kom el-Dikka

Not many discoveries come as a result of housing apartments being planned but such was the case with Kom el-Dikka. Translated as “Mound of Rubble”, this amazing area revealed a number of ruins, including a small Roman theatre. Today, after some excavation, this park area offers a Ptolemaic temple and the mosaic flooring from a wealthy Roman villa…

Kom el-Dikka is definitely one for the culture vultures and history buffs among us.

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Address: Kom el-Dikka, Yousri Street, Alexandria, Egypt

#6 Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa are believed to date back to the 2nd century and were probably used for the dead over 200 years. Disappear underground and experience a blend of Egyptian and Greco-Roman styles, as you explore burial chambers, particularly the Sepulchral Chapel.

It’s a different experience, there’s no doubting it – but it’s a truly authentic Egyptian one nonetheless!

Contact: (20) 3 3936825

Website: www.unmuseum.org

Address: Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria

#7 Pompey’s Pillar

This Roman column is the largest in Egypt and was erected in honour of Roman Emperor, Diocletian. It marks the site of what used to be a huge, polished marble temple, once decorated with precious metals.

Visitors can explore a few of the surrounding tunnels and see some of the recovered artefacts on display.

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Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt

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#8 Dive down to Cleopatra’s Palace 

For the ocean lovers and history fans, you’re going to relish the chance to dive down to Queen Cleopatra’s palace.

Sunken as a result of a great earthquake, this palace is a real-life historical treasure… It’s sure to provide a superb adventure too!

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Address: Cleopatra’s Palace, Alexandria, Egypt

#9 Visit the lovely Ras El Tin Palace

This spectacular palace – which still serves as an official residence for Egypt’s president – was once a summer retreat for Egypt’s sultans when Cairo’s sultry heat became too much for them to bear.

It’s also now used by the Egyptian navy, so, while visitors cannot explore its sumptuous interiors – the pure white facade is certainly worth admiring, especially from the harbour.

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Website: www.expedia.com

Address: Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Egypt

#10 Head within the beautiful Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque 

This beautiful mosque is one of Alexandria’s key landmarks. Built in 1796, it lies above the tomb of 13th-century Sufi holy man, Abu Abbas al-Mursi. It’s also a major pilgrimage site, but, for the non-religious visitors, it’s a delight to see the swirly Islamic calligraphy designs and motifs.

Note: If they wish to go inside, visitors must dress modestly and leave their shoes at the entrance.

Contact: (20) 3 4801251

Website: www.sacred-destinations.com

Address: Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria, Egypt

#11 Draw inspiration from Cavafy Museum

Created in memory of Alexandrian-Greek poet Constantine Cavafy – a poet who spent his final twenty-five years on earth in a flat above a brothel – this museum will reveal copies of his manuscripts, correspondence and notebooks, as well as a collection of paintings and portraits in the final room. It’s certainly a place of interest worth paying a small visit to.

Contact: (20) 3 4821598

Website: hfc-worldwide.org/museums/cavafy-museum

Address: Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt

#12 Shop the town at Main Souq

Head to Alexandria’s main market and immerse yourself in the city’s culture and of course, all kinds of sale goods. You will find everything from silver trinkets to fresh food produce here.

It’s a wonderful way to experience Alexandria’s atmosphere and city life, and allows you to find some good treasures in the process.

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Address: Alexandria, Egypt

These are just some wonderful activities you can experience for yourself in fairest Alexandria during 2017.

Top 12 Activities in Cairo 2017.

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, is a sprawling, beautiful city on the edge of the Nile. It is filled with history, ancient mummies and so much more. What’s more, it offers a host of great activities and places to explore.

These are some of the top activities to enjoy in Cairo during 2017:

#1 Experience the wonder of Pyramids of Giza

Set aside a good amount of time and explore the hidden wonders of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re afraid of narrow walkways, stick to soaking up the outside views. But be advised that it’s worth splurging a bit to experience the Great Pyramid from within…

Either way, it’s a life-changing experience for anyone to see the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in person.

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Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Pyramids of Giza, Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#2 Visit the amazing Al-Azhar Mosque

 

While Cairo offers a wealth of historic mosques to visit, Al-Azhar Mosque is in a league of its own. It’s also one of the most important in the history of Islam.

Along with its namesake, Al-Azhar University, it allows students from across the globe to immerse themselves in the history of Islam and the Koran’s different schools of thought. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

It’s one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, serving as something of an architectural marvel too – so be sure to pay it a visit.

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Al-Azhar Mosque, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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#3 Navigate the streets of Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)

 

If you’re fascinated by Egypt’s ancient history, then you’ve got to explore Old Cairo! Here, you will find many shops, restaurants and historic buildings, which supply some amazing architecture. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.) The Coptic culture itself also makes for an intriguing cultural history lesson.

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Address: Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

#4 Pay a visit to Cairo Citadel

 

Found at the top of the city, The Citadel is a massive stone fortress built in the 12th century by Salah ad-Din. Some 700 years later, the Mosque of Mohammed was added to it.

The Citadel offers an invaluable glance into Cairo (and Egypt’s history) and once again, is an impressive architectural wonder. Visit both the Egyptian Military Museum and the beautifully designed Muhammad Ali Mosque, while enjoying stunning city views. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

Contact: (202) 2512 1735

Website: www.sca-egypt.org

Address: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah، Cairo Governorate,
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#5 Dine in Zamalek

 

For keen foodies, the small island of Zamalek is the place to go to experience a wonderful range of dynamic cuisines. Especially as it is home to some of Egypt’s best restaurants, with new restaurant openings every year.
You will find everything from pizza to Belgian chocolate on this food-centric island.

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Website: www.cairoscene.com

Address: Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#6 Pass some time at Al-Azhar Park

 

When in Cairo, this public park is a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air and relaxation.
It provides exotic settings, lovely cafés and restaurants, as well as glorious outdoor spaces. It’s also perfect for private functions, which, by arrangement, can be hosted here.

Contact: (202) 2510 3868

Website: www.azharpark.com

Address: Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#7 Visit the historic Nilometer on Rhoda Island

 

This historic site is one that’s sadly often overlooked by visitors. Yet, it is one of the oldest structures in Cairo. Once, the Nilometer was uniquely used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River, giving it special importance.

While it’s no longer functional today, this interesting structure, found on the lower end of Rhoda Island, is certainly worth a visit – as is its beautiful pointed dome.

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Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Rhoda Island, Egypt

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#8 Explore the Giza Solar Boat Museum

 

In the time of ancient Egypt, Egyptians used to bury a solar barge near the tomb of their ruler, believing that their Pharaoh needed transportation into the afterlife.

In 1954, remnants of a cedar-wood barge were discovered in the five pits, near the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The barge was carefully restored and its 1200 wooden pieces set out on display in the glass Solar Boat Museum. Today, it’s a fun and fascinating place to visit.

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Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: The Solar Boat Museum, Giza, Egypt

#9 Enjoy a camel ride in Cairo

 

Children and adults alike will delight in the camel (or horse) rides around Giza pyramids. Enjoy a two-hour outing on your choice of ride, with bottled drinking water and glorious sights included in the deal!

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Giza, Egypt

#10 Experience a felucca boat ride on the Nile

 

If you wish to experience the Nile River up close and personal, in an authentic sailboat, then a trip out on a felucca is just the thing for you!

Perfect for catching a cool breeze or soaking up a sunset, felucca rides are romantic and fun affairs for everyone, even tiny tots.

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Website: www.egypt-nile-cruise.com

Address: Cairo, Egypt

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#11 Head to Dream park

 

As Egypt’s biggest amusement park, Dream park offers good fun for the whole family.

With a selection of great rides, a simulator theatre, fast food outlets, restaurants and souvenir shops, it’s the ideal place to bond with your friends or loved ones when holidaying in Cairo.

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Website: www.etltravel.com

Address: Dream park, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#12 Shop at Citystars Mall

 

This shopping mall offers a wealth of departmental stores, cinemas, clothing stores (for men and women), food and drink options, health and beauty shops and much more.

For those shopaholics who wish to take home some wares or clothing items, it’s the perfect place to go for a serious shopping session.

Contact: (202) 4800706

Website: www.citystars-heliopolis.com.eg

Address: Citystars Mall, Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, off El Nasr Road, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

These are just some of the awesome activities you can enjoy in the fascinating, historic Cairo!