1 Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The city’s library is a stunning example of contemporary architecture, aimed at reviving the legendary Mother Library of antiquity.

2 Catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa

This eerie subterranean Roman necropolis is full of bizarre carvings, with a dining room for mourners.

3 Fresh seafood

Alexandria is famous for its seafood restaurants, where customers select their meal from a mound of fish and crustaceans.

4 Coffee houses and patisseries

Savour the old-world charm or literary associations of establishments such as Délices.

5 Diving

Explore the remains of Cleopatra’s Palace, Napoleonic warships and World War II aircraft in the waters off Alexandria.

6 El-Alamein

The war museum and cemeteries are stark reminders of the decisive battle in 1942.

7 Rosetta

This town has been busy restoring its legacy of Ottoman mansions built in the distinctive Delta style, making it a worthwhile day trip from Alexandria

8 Moulid of Saiyid Ahmed al-Bedawi

Each October, the city of Tanta becomes a seething mass of chanting Sufis, musicians, circus acts and spectators, in the Delta’s biggest festival.

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