Things to Do in Alexandria
Recommended Activities in Alexandria
Being a city with a port and access to water bodies, Alexandria offers delectable dishes as well as seafood prepared in ways you’ll likely not find anywhere else on the planet. There is a vast array of seafood restaurants to choose from all of which offer nice meals some of which include the well-known White and Blue Restaurant, the Fish market close to the Citadel of Qaitbay, and the Abou Ashraf on Safar Pasha Street.
Seafood lovers would also enjoy a visit to the Anfushi Fish market where fishermen display their catch and fish sales are done on a daily basis.
The Villas of Former Kings
Although Alexandria’s palaces and royal chateaus are presently out of bounds to the public, visitors can still see the façade and enjoy the view from outside.
A particularly outstanding building among the palaces is the Al-Haramlik Palace, a massive complex also referred to as the Montaza Palace that was erected in 1932 by King Fuad I. The former regal summer house remained relevant even also served as the residence of some of Egypt’s presidents after the 1952 uprisings that ushered in the new form of government.
The Montaza Palace
The Montaza palace is quite opulent with a flamboyant design that combines styles from both Italian and Turkish architecture. It also sits on a vast accumulation of land, surrounded by about 60 hectares of land that serve as the palace gardens. These gardens can be visited by tourists and the general public for an entry fee and closer views of the palace are possible from within, although the palace itself is closed and out of bounds to the public.
Another palace, though not as big as Montaza, but quite beautiful to look at too is the Salamlek palace which is situated within the grounds of the royal garden of the Al-Haramlik palace. Historically, this palace housed Khedive Abbas II’s friends. However, a luxury hotel now occupies the building that used to be the Salamlek palace and provides accommodation for visitors to the area.
Yet another Alexandrian palace, also closed to the public, is the Ras el-Tin palace on which construction work was concluded in 1847. At present, the area plays host to a Naval base and the palace itself is one of the presidential villas where the Egyptian President resides. For obvious security reasons, this palace can be viewed only from the exterior. It was the former residence of King Farouk who had to relinquish the throne escape with his family because of the 1952 uprisings.
Parks And Gardens In Alexandria
Just like every other major metropolis, parks and gardens for fun and relaxation abound in Alexandria. The major one is the Montaza Gardens which we have mentioned previously. These gardens are quite popular and frequented by both locals and tourists. It is known to be a popular spot for lovers and couples who enjoy spending time together on the grounds. Accessible by bridge from the Montaza garden is the Tea Palace Island, another attraction with beaches, a couple of restaurants, a diving centre and a villa.
Apart from Montaza, there are the Antoniadis Gardens, modelled after the city of Versailles in the 19th century, the International Park of Alexandria is also another interesting place to visit with its sports facilities and ample space for various recreational activities, and finally, you can also decide to go check out the Shallalat Gardens.
Alexandria’s Splendid Corniche
If you’ve ever longed to take a stroll by the sea and feel the ocean wind on your face, then taking a walk on the Corniche in Alexandria is something that should be on your bucket list.
Apart from just the feeling, the view of the sea itself is enthralling and you get to see that for all of 10 miles. You can also spend the time checking out a couple of business outfits along the path. With the combination of lights and the seaside effects, you’ll probably not get an experience this splendid anywhere else.
Updated On March 16, 2020