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Flights to Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt. It is an important industrial and economic centre because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez and it is also an important tourist destination.
The city is steeped in history. It was founded by Alexander the Great and reigned over by Queen Cleopatra. Today’s Alexandria gives slight hints to its past as an ancient metropolis.
The main international airport in Alexandria is the Borg Al Arab International Airport.
- 44 km to central Alexandria
- A taxi ride to central Alexandria costs around RM37 (EGP153) and takes about 45 minutes
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Best Time to Visit Alexandria
Winter from November to February is the best time to visit as it offers the best temperatures for sightseeing.
The city is well known internationally for the annual film festival that happens in the month of September. The focus tends to be on Mediterranean productions, but international films are also featured.
Christmas, New Year and the Easter periods are peak travel seasons when prices of hotels and attractions go up. Booking in advance is recommended if travelling during these months.
Things to do in Alexandria
What to see in Alexandria
Start your tour of Alexandria at the National Library, a gorgeously designed cultural centre with museums, libraries and amazing architecture. Inside, the Manuscript Museum has a magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum displays artefacts from Graeco-Roman times.
Fort Qaitbey, a dinky fort that has stood for over 500 years, is just a walk along the shorefront Corniche Road. You can go in to explore stone-walled chambers and go up to look over the Mediterranean.
Visit the relics of an ancient city at Kom el-Dikka, where you can see remnants of a Ptolemaic temple and a small Roman theatre. Or head to Carmous, southwest of the city and see Pompey’s Pillar, and Serapeion (Temple of Serapis), which used to store manuscripts from the Great Library of Alexandria.
Also, visit the main souk area to soak in the atmosphere of the local life. Wander through lanes of shops selling anything from fresh groceries to silver trinkets.
What to eat in Alexandria
Food in Alexandria is largly vegetable-based. Favourites include Ful wa Tameya (fava beans and falafel), Kushari (rice, black lentils, spaghetti, round little pasta rings, whole hummus, caramelized onions and tomato sauce) and kabab (grilled meat).
Baladi bread is central to Egyptian food. In fact, when the government stopped bread subsidies, it caused riots in the city. Try it fresh out of the oven in Alexandria.
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