After exploring the pyramids near Cairo, we went for a day trip to Alexandria situated where the Nile River meets the Mediterranean Sea.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was famous for its large library and lighthouse, the latter being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, both buildings were destroyed during the city’s long history and nowadays Alexandria has only few sights. The city is a popular weekend getaway for many Egyptians, because of the good seafood and relaxed atmosphere. During our trip, we explored the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, the ruins at Pompey’s Pillar, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the Citadel of Qaitbay (where the lighthouse used to stand). You can check out some photos of our city tour here:
All in all, we had a good time in Alexandria, but the sights were not as exciting as in the rest of Egypt – so maybe you can skip coming to Alexandria, if you are short on time!