Although a three hour drive from Cairo, a visit to Alexandria is highly rewarding if you can spare the time.
Alexandria is less visited by tourists than Cairo and the attractions lying between Luxor and Aswan. However, if you can afford to take an extra day or two, and can live with a three hour drive from and back to Cairo, we believe you will find visiting Alexandria rewarding. Alexandria is a modern city on the Mediterranean with an important past. For a long time it was perhaps the most important city in the world, its great library the repository of what was then a world of scientific knowledge and literary achievement. Alexandria’s remain do not perhaps reflect her great past, the main remaining monuments are the Roman catacombs which are the largest Roman cemetery in Egypt, Pompey’s Pillar which towers 25 meters above, the Citadel of Qaitbay built on the location of the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Roman amphitheater of Kom El Dekka. The modern library is also worth a visit in reverence to its ancient predecessor.
Alexandria is also a pleasant location for a fresh seaside lunch, and for simply promenading and taking in the sea air.
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