Aficionados of Lawrence Durrell may wish to track down his last Alexandrian residence, in the suburb of Moharrem Bey, to the east of the Karmous quarter. Once home to Alexandria’s mercantile elite, Moharrem Bey’s mansions have become slums since the 1950s, but you can still see the Ambron Villa where Durrell and his muse Eve Cohen rented the top floor in 1943–44; Prospero’s Cell and The Dark Labyrinth were written in the corner tower. Though it’s now a listed building, the villa has been allowed to decay and developers have built flats in the garden where the painter Gilda Ambron shared a studio with their neighbour, Clea Badaro, who inspired the character Cleo in The Alexandria Quartet. As the villa can’t be entered, only hardcore fans will find it worth the expense of a taxi (£E20). Get someone to write the address (19 Sharia al-Ma’amoun) in Arabic to show to the driver.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Egypt features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

7 amazing African journeys

7 amazing African journeys

Africa is a continent of wild open savannahs, terracotta sunsets, thousands of vibrant green hills and rugged coastlines. Here, you can be chugging along on …

06 Jul 2016 • Harriet Constable insert_drive_file Article
12 captivating pictures of Egypt

12 captivating pictures of Egypt

Rough Guides author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries, from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India, capturing many of h…

16 Mar 2015 • Anthon Jackson insert_drive_file Article
Video: things not to miss in Egypt

Video: things not to miss in Egypt

The oldest tourist destination on Earth, Egypt has a multitude of things to see and do. There are ancient pyramids, crumbling temples and vast deserts to explor…

13 Jan 2015 • Site Editor videocam Video
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month