Shining a Light on Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt in its enviable position on the Mediterranean Sea is Egypt’s second city, once among the most important port cities in the world.

With the Mediterranean Sea as its front yard and the green Nile delta out back, Alexandria sits in a location which has long made it a strategic port. This port was once marked by the world’s first lighthouse which used mirrors to reflect sunlight for miles out to sea in the third century BC. In addition to the Lighthouse of Pharos, one of the wonders of the ancient world, Alexandria was home to a great library of knowledge. Egypt’s second largest city, it is has held this gateway position since being founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great.

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Appreciating Alexandria, Egypt

alexandriaCarrying the nickname Pearl of the Mediterranean, Alexandria has been a highlight of many excursion itineraries and cruises, however U.S. State Department advisories have significantly reduced the 2013 demand, according to Trafalgar Tour president Paul Wiseman.

Four Seasons is the premier upmarket property, a high-rise done to European standards with an outdoor pool right on a private beach. Backed up by Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson, Mercure, Sofitel fill out the 4 to 5 star offerings.

Of course, seafood is scooped up straight from the Med, and the selection is enormous. If there’s no printed menu, pointing works just fine. The top-rated felafel restaurant in town is Mohammed Ahmed and mouth-watering grilled lamb Syrian-style comes from Abo Faris or the grill at Balba Village.

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