Fly To Alexandria, Egypt
This magnificent Egyptian city is located on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a heady mixture of cosmopolitan flavours, including French, Greek and other European countries and is famous for its exquisite Art Deco architecture and stunning beaches.
Of course, Alexandria is really ancient – it was founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great. And although there is a lot that is modern here today, the ancient city that was home to numerous historic icons including Ptolemy and Cleopatra to Julius Caesar is still very much evident. Alexandria has literally been built on the ruins of this ancient city that was once the capital of Egypt.
As a result, a lot of what there is to explore here is underground. In fact, unexplored remnants of a Ptolemaic and Roman city still lie untouched beneath the ground, but what has been unearthed is quite extraordinary.
Alexandria’s exquisite coastline extends for 70km, from the northwestern side of the Nile Delta to Mariout Lake in the east. All along the coast one finds breathtaking bays and harbours, including Abu-Qir and the crescent-shaped Alexandrian Eastern Harbour that is watched over by the majestic Qaitbay Fortress. Alexandria’s Cornice offers spectacular views of the Med. Developed in the 1930s and extended in the early 1990s, the coast is lined with golden beaches that stretch all the way from Maamoura in the east to Agamy Beach west of the city.
Visa Requirments & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Alexandria do require a Visa to enter Egypt. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from your return and that there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Egypt is located in the countries capital, Cairo at Building No. 11, Intersection Road 200 & 2003, Digla, Maadi, Cairo. Phone: +202 2535 3000.
See and do
When you explore the city make sure to visit the Roman Amphitheatre to see the beautiful mosaics on display, and find some time to visit the new underwater museum filled with Cleopatra’s sunken relics. A highlight of a visit here is the new library building, the largest reading space in the world, with over 2000 chairs and home to millions of books.
Alexandria is also an ideal base from which to explore two fascinating nearby destinations – Borg El Arab, where the main airport is located, with its Roman Necropolis, and Abu Mina, home to the historic St Mena Monastery.
Alexandria El Nouzha International Airport – ALY
Alexandria International Airport, also known as El Nouzha Airport is located in Alexandria, 7km from the city centre.
Travel Editor’s Note: El Nouzha Airport is currently undergoing extensive renovations and is closed to air traffic. In the meantime, passengers travelling to Alexandria will arrive and depart Borg El Arab Airport (HBE), located in the desert about 40km from Alexandria. It was remodeled in 2010 specifically for this purpose and serves as the gateway to Alexandria and the Nile Delta Region for around 1.2 million passengers annually.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby, 10 minutes’ drive away: Africana Hotel, Radisson Blu, Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza, Iberotel Borg el Arab, Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel.
Car Hire: Europcar.
Airport Hub: Borg El Arab International Airport (code HBE) is a hub for Hub for Air Arabia Egypt, AlMasria Universal Airlines and EgyptAir.