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Explore Alexandria: A Weekend Guide to the Pearl of the Mediterranean



Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt


Alexandria, often hailed as the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean,' is a city that seamlessly marries its illustrious historical past with the vibrant pulse of modern life. Known for its profound historical roots, established by Alexander the Great and once home to the famous Library of Alexandria, the city continues to fascinate visitors with its rich blend of culture and history.

Despite its age-old legacy, Alexandria refuses to be just a city frozen in time. It thrives as a dynamic urban center, where ancient ruins intermingle with the hustle and bustle of contemporary existence. Here, you can immerse yourself in the intellectual spirit reminiscent of the ancient Library of Alexandria while indulging in some of the finest seafood delicacies the Mediterranean has to offer.

A quick weekend trip to this charming city will not just be a historical tour, but an intimate encounter with its lively streets, friendly locals, and a culinary scene that is both delicious and pocket-friendly. The city's energetic seaside ambiance ensures that there's never a dull moment.


Friday’s Itinerary



the Brazilian Coffee in alexandria
the Brazilian Coffee in alexandria

8:00 AM - Morning Coffee Kick-off

Begin your day at the Brazilian Coffee Shop on Salah Salem, a beloved local staple for nearly a century. This coffee shop isn’t just known for its robust coffee blends, but also for its warm, inviting atmosphere that captures the essence of early 20th-century Alexandria. It’s the first coffee house in the city that offered ground coffee, making it a historical landmark in its own right.


9:00 AM - Dive into History


the Greco-Roman Museum, alexandria
the Greco-Roman Museum, alexandria

Next, make your way to the Greco-Roman Museum, which reopened last year after extensive renovations begun back in 2005. The museum now boasts larger exhibition spaces displaying an array of impressive relics that span from 630 BC to the Ottoman era. This museum visit offers a profound glimpse into the ancient civilizations that shaped this region.


12:00 PM - Lunch Amidst Local Flavors


Kebdet El Fallah, alexandria
Kebdet El Fallah, alexandria

For lunch, head to Kebdet El Fallah, famous for serving up some of the city's best liver sandwiches. Given its popularity, finding a seat can be a challenge, so a good strategy is to grab your sandwich to go and enjoy it at a quieter spot nearby, perhaps even catching a movie at the Metro Cinema just around the corner.


2:00 PM - A Walk in the Park


El Shallalat Park, Alexandria
El Shallalat Park, Alexandria

After lunch, stroll through El Shallalat Park in the Bab Sharq district. This park is not just a place for relaxation amid palm trees and scenic trails but also a site peppered with historical relics, such as parts of the ancient city walls. It’s a perfect blend of nature and history, situated conveniently close to the national museum.


4:00 PM - Explore Underground Alexandria




the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa,Alexandria
the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa,Alexandria

The afternoon calls for a visit to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, where an accidental discovery in 1900 revealed a historical necropolis. Descend the spiral staircase into this ancient burial site and explore the blend of Greek, Egyptian, and Christian symbols that decorate this underground world, providing insight into the diverse cultures that coexisted in Alexandria.


7:00 PM - Seaside Dinner



the Fish Market, alexandria
the Fish Market, alexandria

As evening sets in, make your way to the Fish Market restaurant in the Bahari area. Here, you can enjoy freshly prepared seafood while taking in stunning views of the Mediterranean. The lively debate among locals about the best seafood spot adds to the charm and authenticity of the dining experience.


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Saturday’s Itinerary


8:00 AM - Traditional Egyptian Breakfast


Mohamed Ahmed, alexandria
Mohamed Ahmed, alexandria

Start your second day at Mohamed Ahmed, where you can savor a traditional Egyptian breakfast of foul and falafel. This restaurant has been a local favorite since it changed ownership from a Jewish family named Benjamin in 1957 and began serving these classic dishes with an Alexandrian twist.


9:00 AM - Sweet Morning Treats


Délices, alexandria
Délices, alexandria

Just a short walk from breakfast, visit Délices, known for its exquisite pastries and perfect coffee. Whether you opt for a slice of decadent chocolate ganache cake or a delicate fruit tart, Délices promises a delightful start to your morning.


11:00 AM - Bibliotheca Alexandrina



the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
the Bibliotheca Alexandrina


Continue to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a modern tribute to the ancient Library of Alexandria. This architectural marvel houses six museums, each offering a unique window into the past, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to rare manuscripts. The building itself, with its sleek glass façade, offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, blending history with modern design.


2:00 PM - Royal Jewelry Museum


the Royal Jewelry Museum, alexandria
the Royal Jewelry Museum, alexandria

Your next stop is the Royal Jewelry Museum, located in the opulent Fatma Al-Zahra Palace. This museum displays a stunning array of royal jewels, gold artifacts, and bejewelled items from the Muhammad Ali dynasty, providing a glimpse into the lavish lifestyles of Egypt's former rulers.


6:00 PM - Montaza Palace Tour




Montaza Palace, alexandria
Montaza Palace, alexandria

Visit Montaza Palace, originally a hunting lodge, later transformed into a royal summer retreat. Explore the Renaissance-style El-Salamlek and the Ottoman-influenced El-Haramlek palaces, both set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean.


9:00 PM - Dinner at Chez Gaby


Chez Gaby,alexandria
Chez Gaby,alexandria

Dine at Chez Gaby, an Alexandrian institution known for its traditional Italian cuisine and cozy ambiance. This restaurant, nestled in a quaint alley, has been a local favorite since 1979, offering a blend of tradition and intimate dining experience.


11:00 PM - Dessert at El Sheikh Wafiq



 El Sheikh Wafiq, alexandria
El Sheikh Wafiq, alexandria

Conclude your visit with a dessert at El Sheikh Wafiq in the Bahari area, famous for its unique rice pudding and ice cream. Enjoy these sweet treats that have captivated locals and visitors alike for decades.

This itinerary only scratches the surface of what Alexandria has to offer. The city invites those who are curious and adventurous, promising a memorable experience filled with cultural richness and historical depth. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the enchanting streets and hidden gems of Alexandria!

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