Culture & Travel

18 May 2024

Alexandria is an extremely important place that has hosted many civilizations throughout history. This grand and magnificent city on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast is a bustling trade route thanks to its port facilities. As Egypt's second-largest city, Alexandria offers travelers stunning scenery and a rich historical heritage in every season. Although it is suitable to visit year-round, it is most commonly visited in March, April, October, and November, as these months offer the best weather for exploring the city comfortably

This beautiful city, which grants a 90-day visa exemption to our citizens, has many places to see, do, and discover. Every year, the city welcomes countless tourists from all over the world, including many travelers from our country. Due to the 90-day visa exemption, many adult groups, student groups, and solo travelers or those traveling with tour companies can easily visit the city. Here is everything you need to see and do in Alexandria.

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Getting to Alexandria

There are direct flights from our country to Alexandria. Thus, you can travel directly from Istanbul without dealing with any layovers. Various travel companies offer affordable flights with different ticket options. Therefore, it is possible to take advantage of early booking benefits and group discounts with tour companies.

Places to See in Alexandria

Alexandria has many natural beauties, historical heritage sites, and museums that you might want to visit. Every corner of the city reflects traces of different civilizations. Therefore, creating a travel plan in advance can help you make the most of your time and see all the places you desire. The following are the must-see spots in Alexandria:

Pompey's Pillar

Built in 297 AD in honor of Emperor Diocletian, this column is located in Alexandria, Egypt. This important structure represented the victory over the Sasanian Empire. Although the column was destroyed by an earthquake in 415, it was rebuilt in the 9th century. Made from a single granite block, the column features intriguing carvings on its shaft. At the top of the column stands a statue. This column is a prime example of Roman engineering and architectural prowess. Pompey's Pillar is another important structure you might want to see.

Montaza Palace

Montaza

Built in 1892 by Khedive Abbas II, Montaza Palace combines Turkish and Florentine architectural styles. Located within a large park overlooking the Mediterranean, the palace took 10 years to complete. It served as the summer residence for the Egyptian royal family. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1952, it continued to be used as a presidential residence. Today, the palace functions as a museum, showcasing the city's historical and cultural heritage and attracting tourists.

The Library of Alexandria

Famous from history books, the Library of Alexandria preserved an archive of 300 years. It contained the most important sources from the time of Alexander the Great. Though it was destroyed over time, its ancient remains are still visible. This fascinating library is known to have housed over 900,000 manuscripts. It was also a meeting place for writers and intellectuals of the era. The library, which had a magnificent structure, was located near the palace. It also featured a botanical garden with a variety of plants. We recommend adding this historically significant library to your itinerary when visiting Alexandria.

Citadel of Qaitbay

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Located on Pharos Island in Alexandria, the Citadel of Qaitbay was built in 1480. The fortress reflects the Mamluk architecture of its time. The construction of the citadel took 10 years, making it one of the most robust structures in the country. Originally built to protect the Port of Alexandria, it also served as a lighthouse in the 18th century. The rectangular, three-story citadel is now a museum open to tourists, featuring sections with period weapons, armor, art pieces, and details about the fortress's history.

Royal Jewelry Museum

Established in 1936 in the former palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra, this museum displays the jewelry and valuable belongings of the royal family. The exhibition includes an extensive collection from the 19th to the 20th century, featuring jewelry made from diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and pearls. Built in Art Deco architectural style, the museum has an elegant and splendid appearance. Entrance to the museum is free, and for a more detailed visit and information about the royal family, you can join guided tours.

Alexandria's Cuisine and Nightlife

While continuing your journey in Alexandria, be sure to taste the delicious local dishes. One of Alexandria’s most famous dishes is Kushari, which includes lentils, pasta, fried onions, and chickpeas. Another significant dish is Foul Medames, made with fava beans, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil, which is particularly delicious as a snack. Additionally, you may want to try other local delicacies such as Hawawshi, Om Ali, Baba Ghanoush, Samak Mahshi, and Kebab Iskandar.

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Alexandria has a vibrant nightlife. After your daytime explorations, you can visit the entertainment venues in different parts of the city. Sa’ad Zaghloul Street offers the widest range of entertainment options. Adib Bek Ishak Street along the coast is also lined with various themed and music venues. If you visit at the right time, you can also participate in Alexandria's colorful festivals. These include the Alexandria International Film Festival in September, the Alexandria’s of the World Festival in October, and the Tourism and Trade Festival in July-August.

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