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Montazah Gardens , Alexandria
Once a royal retreat, Montazah Gardens are now a landscaped public park and forest reserve. The two summer palaces on the grounds display con
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Fort Qaitbey , Alexandria
An impressive example of medieval military architecture, Fort Qaitbey overlooks the city's harbor. Built in the 1480s, the fortress was desig
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Pompey's Pillar , Alexandria
Marvel at the skill of ancient stonemasons at Pompey's Pillar, one of the largest monolith columns ever erected. Constructed in honor of the
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Wander the somber halls of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, a set of underground chambers that house the tombs of ancient Romans, some dating bac
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Art Museum
Absorb the blend of ancient history and modern knowledge at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an important library and strikingly designed cultural co
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Art Museums · Historic Sites · Ruins
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage. Founded by Alexander the Great, the city saw the rise and fall of many empires and thrived during the Hellenistic and Roman civilizations, as well as the Byzantine era and the Islamic conquest of Egypt. Although its legendary lighthouse and the Great Library no longer stand, you'll discover an abundance of ancient ruins, landmark buildings, and relics on your tour of Alexandria. You can experience the city ambience on a walk along the sweeping waterfront promenade, touring its museums and galleries, or just people watching from a cafe. Take a peek at our international travel planner: Alexandria and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.

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Where to stay in Alexandria

While mid-market accommodations remain hard to find in Alexandria, the city boasts a wide variety of options for the budget-conscious traveler. Affordable options range from basic backpacker hostels and dorms, to modern, unpretentious hotels in the city center. If you're looking to splurge, you'll find numerous 4- and 5-star options lining the scenic promenade, including famous chains, upscale resorts, and boutique hotels situated in historic buildings.
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