The Natural Beauty of the Mediterranean Sea Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

Mediterranean Sea. Image by O H 237 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38364150

The entire Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected in the west by the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar.  This sea is surrounded by the three continents of Africa (south), Europe (north) and Asia (east).  It is also the sea that connects to the Nile through Egypt and the Red Sea via the Suez Canal.

In total the sea covers an approximate area of 2.5 million sq km (965,000 sq mi).

Around 3 hours’ drive north of Cairo is a lovely stretch of Egypt’s northern coastline running for some 500 km along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Alexandria is built on the edge of the Mediterranean. Photo: James Visser.

The main gateway to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea Egypt is the city of Alexandria.  Often referred to as the Mediterranean Sea Pearl, Alexandria is the second-largest Egyptian city after Cairo.  It is also the second-largest city on the Mediterranean after Istanbul, Turkey.  While it is a very large Egyptian city, I found it to have a much nicer and friendlier feel than Cairo.

Alexandria is where we visited to complete our trek through this region of Northern Africa to the end of the continent specifically to see the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt.  The coastline of Alexandria city itself goes for around 70 km.

So far as climate is concerned, the heat in this region is a lot milder than most other areas in Egypt.  It was really noticeable after travelling through most of the main centres in this country.  There is just a beautiful breeze that comes in from the sea.

 

Travelling along the seafront

Our first glimpse of the Mediterranean, showing the footpath as our car drove past. Photo: James Visser.

Not surprisingly, the city of Alexandria is built as close to the water as possible.  There is the main highway that separates buildings from the sea which means you have a fabulous view of the sea as you drive along the seafront.

All along this stretch, there is a very wide footpath which people enjoy walking along to take in the views of the Mediterranean.  So many people also fish from various sections of the path, whereas in other areas there are many local families that enjoy swimming in these warm waters.

With all its accommodation options, Alexandria is just the perfect place to base yourself and explore as much of the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt as possible.  Although we did not have as much time here as we would have liked on this trip, we nevertheless loved seeing this area of coastline and were very impressed at the lack of pollution.

 

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James and I with our guide Mohamed on the footpath. Photo: Mohamed.

 

A visit to the Qaitbay Citadel

The Qaitbay Citadel is a 15th-century fortress located on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island right at the mouth of the eastern harbor.  It was constructed on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

 

For something built in the 15th century, this is in fabulous condition. Photo: James Visser.

 

The fort itself is an impressive building with a commanding view of the coastline of Alexandria.  James and I both went inside and were very impressed with how solid this construction was and how large the interior of the building is.  The grounds were also impressive and the overall site is extremely well maintained.

 

Heading toward the tower to explore. Photo: James Visser.

 

Looking back into the courtyard. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

The views of the Mediterranean are simply unmatched from here.  You can look uninterrupted across 180 degrees from one side of the coastline to the other.  The main harbour area in front of the city of Alexandria is also in plain view, looking back from this position.

 

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Looking out through one side of the Tower. Photo: James Visser.

 

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The view out to sea from the other side of the Tower. Photo: James Visser.

 

Inside the tower, you can see how great the condition still is. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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Not a bad outlook for visitors to the Qaitbay Citadel. Photo: James Visser.

 

You seriously can not come to Alexandria and miss this incredible place.

 

A magic spot to eat

Known as one of the best places in Alexandria to dine, the Fish Market is a seafood restaurant located right along the waterfront.  As you enter the building you see the wall of photos of local and internationally famous people that have dined here.  You then walk up two flights of stairs to the main area of the restaurant and the incredible views.

We were so lucky to literally dine at the very best table directly overlooking the harbour, the Qaitbay Citadel, the waterfront along the city and out to the Mediterranean.  On the menu was the beautiful fresh fish dish prepared in the traditional Mediterranean way.  What a lovely leisurely lunch with wonderful service and atmosphere.

Our table right at the front extension of the restaurant. Photo: Mohamed.

 

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Looking out to part of the harbour and the Qaitbay Citadel in the background. Photo: James Visser.

 

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Looking out toward the harbor entrance. Photo: James Visser.

 

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On the right side the bay around which Alexandria city is built. Photo: James Visser.

 

Fresh, traditional Mediterranean fare. Photo: James Visser.

 

Other local sites of significant interest

While visiting Alexandria and the immediate surrounding area, there are a couple of historically significant sites we saw that we thought were worthwhile.

 

Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa

Listed as one of the seven wonders of the middle ages, these Catacombs lie in the western necropolis of Alexandria and consist of three levels cut through solid rock.

Going down a winding stairway you see how deep the ancient Greco-Romans tunnelled into the bedrock. Initially built for a single wealthy family practising a fusion of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman religion, the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa entombed over 300 mummies!

 

The main entrance to the site of the Catacombs. Photo: James Visser.

 

The grounds of this ancient site. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Down within the spacious Catacombs. Photo: James Visser.

 

James and I at the bottom of a shaft that went to the 2nd level down. Photo: Mohamed.

 

Not all the tombs at this site were underground. Here is one built above ground. Photo: James Visser.

 

Not many surviving sites depict a mixture of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman ancient cultures, but this is true here.  According to archaeologists, these catacombs resemble the largest burial site dating from the Greco-Roman period. Discovered in Alexandria (named after Alexandria the Great), what was hidden in the underground burial tunnels for centuries was a blend of different ancient arts and cultures.

The catacombs here are one of the best-preserved ruins of the whole of Egypt and its rich mix of ancient cultures is what makes it so special.  We really enjoyed exploring the different levels and learning some history from a qualified Egyptologist and guide.

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Otherwise more commonly known as the Alexandria Library, this is an impressive building by any measure.  It stands on the site of the original Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, which was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world.

Since the demise of the original library, the modern version was built in its place and is a very modern working library spread over 14 floors.  There were very many university students studying here, both reading texts as well as working online as books can be read here but are not allowed to be taken out of the building.

 

An external shot of the current Alexandria Library. Photo: James Visser.

 

A scale model of the modern Alexandria Library. Photo: James Visser.

 

An interior shot, taken from the ground level. Photo: James Visser.

 

From the top of the library looking down. Photo: James Visser.

 

It was an interesting visit to a site of historical significance.  We really enjoyed looking through this library of fabulous architectural design.

 

 

A final note on the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt

There are so many other places of interest around Alexandria such as Pompey’s Pillar (covered as part of a previous post on the Natural Beauty of the Sahara, Egypt), the underwater ruins in Montazah and of course the many sandy beaches and resorts overlooking the crystal Mediterranean Sea, Egypt.

Whatever you do, if you are planning a trip to Egypt, don’t forget to include the Mediterranean coastline.  It really does show yet another side to this amazing country.

 

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Loving the fabulous breeze and beautiful setting of the Mediterranean. Photo: James Visser.

 

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104 thoughts on “The Natural Beauty of the Mediterranean Sea Egypt

  • December 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Beautiful is not enough to describe this place. I dream of traveling to places like this but right now we have to stay put because of health issues. Traveling to Egypt would be a dream come true for me! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

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    • December 3, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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      Best wishes to you Kristine for improved health. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely comment and I am so pleased you liked this post. I hope you will be able to visit and experience this one day to realize your dream.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    These are incredible pictures! My husband has been to Egypt but I haven’t been there yet, I don’t think I had even thought about Alexandria as a place to visit — only Cairo. Thank you for alerting me to the wonders of this city!

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    • December 1, 2019 at 7:05 am
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      Alexandria is a good base from which to visit many areas around Northern Egypt, Dominique. I would also recommend Luxor and Aswan in the south as well as Hurghada on the Red Sea Riviera. From each of these locations, there are just so many wonderful sites to visit. Thank you for reading and sharing your comment.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    Egypt as always been on my list of places that I must visit, but to date I just haven’t made my way there. The food and the views are certainly worth working hard and save up some money to get there.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    I would love to visit Egypt! The Quaitbay Citadel looks amazing! Hard to believe it’s from the 15th century.

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    • December 1, 2019 at 7:01 am
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      Completely agree with you Lori! Like so many monuments in Egypt, it is in such fabulous condition for its age and is so well maintained. Glad you enjoyed this post and thank you for leaving a comment.

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  • November 28, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    I never knew that the Mediterranean Sea is also the sea that is connected to the Nile through Egypt and the Red Sea via the Suez Canal. The Mediterranean coasts are always very beautiful and would love to see this port city Alexandria which is only 3 hours drive from Cairo. 15th century’s Qaitbay Citadel really looks wonderful with the backdrop of blue waters. Thanks for sharing another beautiful place from Egypt.

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    • November 29, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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      I am so pleased you like this series of natural beauty posts covering various locations around Egypt, Yukti. Certainly, I had high hopes that it would be a lovely place and I was very happy that it is such a beautiful spot. The Qaitbay Citadel is an extremely popular highlight for sure. Thank you so much for reading through the series and leaving comments on your impressions.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 6:33 am
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    Never been to Egypt before but that sounds like a great place to visit with the family. The view of the sea looks absolutely beautiful and the place looks amazing.

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    • November 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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      Thank you very much Lyanna. Lots of families spend most of their time in the resort areas – both along the Mediterranean coastline as well as the Red Sea Riviera. Depending on the age of children, many will also visit the ancient historical sites that Egypt is most famous for. The position of Alexandria itself really has such wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the area itself is extremely well maintained.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    It is so amazing to see such old buildings and structures still preserved. I can only imagine what it felt like to go down in the catacombs, what was once an ancient wonder. I don’t see too many articles on Alexandria so i enjoyed learning about the things to do and see there.

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    • November 26, 2019 at 7:21 am
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      The temperature was extremely cool down in the catacombs and quite damp compared to back up on ground level, Cecilia. It wasn’t warm or stuffy as you might imagine it would be, and like so many other underground sites are. It was also amazingly spacious and fairly easy to move around from room to room and between levels. The detail in terms of carvings into the walls and illustrations were extremely well preserved.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Genuinely never thought to visit the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, but the city of Alexandria really looks like just the kind of destination we appreciate. Thank you for the beautiful photos and inspiration!

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  • November 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    I’m in awe of this place Nicole! Egypt is somewhere I’m yet to visit, but it looks fascinating. I only associate the Med Sea with the Med (!) so it’s a reminder as to how big it is. Alexandria looks like somewhere I’d love to visit, especially with the milder temperatures, and the citadel and catacombs. Hopefully, we get to visit one day soon.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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      Totally understand what you mean about the Mediterranean Lisa – it is huge! Milder temperatures, natural beauty and numerous interesting sites to explore certainly make Alexandria a great place to include on your Egyptian itinerary. I also hope you get to visit soon and that you share how you enjoyed it as well.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Qaitbay Citadel looks like a beautiful place to explore. The view from the tower is great. Thank for the Fish Market restaurant recommendation, the view is worth the climb up the stairs.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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      That’s for sure Sherianne! Aside from the great view, there was a strong breeze coming straight in from the Mediterranean which was lovely. The tour of the Citadel was definitely fascinating and having lunch on the waterfront was really nice. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    I have never been to Egypt (yet…but it’s coming!) but the first places that I want to do is Giza (of course!) and do a cruise down the nile to Luxor and see the ancient sites down there. With the family, I probably hit up the Red Sea resorts but I never really considered the northern coastline of the Med. Would love to check up the fort as I love defensive buildings (I am a right sucker for castles) and defo would want a fish meal in the city. Hopefully a few months time I be in this region…fingers crossed!

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    • November 25, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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      On this trip, we were lucky enough to visit all the places you have referred to above Danik (plus a few more), all of which we loved. Do check out the other posts in this series on Egypt which might give you some more ideas for when you make your trip. It must be exciting for you to be planning to visit in a few months time and I hope you enjoy it every bit as much as we did.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your photos and experience in Egypt! For me, anywhere along the sea is stunning and worth a visit. I cannot believe the impeccable condition of the Qaitbay Citadel despite its age.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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      I totally love locations with water also Jennifer. And yes, the Qaitbay Citadel is just in amazing condition and kept so clean as well. So pleased you liked the post on this location.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Egypt…I would love to visit. Lovely pictures. The sea looks calm and clean.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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      You bet Sonia – the water at the Mediterranean as well as the Red Sea and the Nile all looked very clean at each location we visited. Do check out the posts on the Nile and the Red Sea Riviera to see what I mean. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    Just breathtaking photos! I’ve wanted to visit Egypt since I was a child and am determined to get there some day. I’ve been to Rhodes, Greece, seeing the Mediterranean from that end of it and still have lovely memories of the trip. Thanks for sharing Egypt with us!

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    • November 24, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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      You’re so welcome Lene. I had the same yearning to visit since studying history at school and was so delighted to discover how beautiful the country really is. It sounds like you are as determined as I was to visit, so I have no doubts that you will make the trip and enjoy it every bit as much as I did.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    Dear Nicole,

    Thank you for the very interesting and educational travel report and for the fantastic pictures. I love traveling but haven’t been to that part of the world just yet. Egypt is definitely on my list. I will take your advice and explore the Mediterranean coastline when I plan my trip. Your photos and the story made me want to go right now!

    Warm regards,

    ~ Julia

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    • November 26, 2019 at 3:51 am
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      I have seen a part of Egypt only while crossing the Suez canal. Always thought Egypt was only about the pyramids. Never knew Alexandria would be such an interesting place. It has so many worders of the ancient world. The Qaitbay Citadel looks so clean and well kept for its age. Looks like the view from the top was worth the climb.

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      • November 26, 2019 at 7:15 am
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        When it comes to modern-day tourism, Pooja, Egypt is certainly most well known for the pyramids but as I have shown in the series of posts on its natural beauty, there is so much more to consider than just the pyramids. Ancient historical sites exist in so many locations across the country, amidst its impressive natural assets. Although the pyramids are indeed wonderful and jaw-dropping, it is just the start of what there is to explore. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Once again you’ve provided such a rich and in-depth look of your visit to Egypt! I can’t get over that library – absolutely beautiful. I always feel like I learn so much after reading your articles. It is as if I’ve visited these locations myself! The Qaitbay Citadel is so grand looking, I would love to see it in real life one day! Thanks for providing a wonderful write-up that allows us to experience these amazing sights right along with you!

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    • November 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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      Your comment has really made my day Lindsay! What a wonderful thing to say and I really do appreciate you enjoying my articles so much. Readers like you make it so motivating to share adventures like these and I am so grateful that the articles appear to inform and inspire others to plan their own journeys. This series on Egypt has been something I have so enjoyed writing and putting together, as it really is a very special destination. Situated on the seafront, guarding the entrance to the harbor, the Quaitbay Citadel is indeed a very impressive and solid structure that has been maintained so well. It has such a wonderful and beautiful outlook as well onto the Mediterranean. Thank you again.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    how beautiful! i would so enjoy my time there as well. Egypt is dreamy always and everywhere

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  • November 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt! It looks gorgeous. I’ve been to the Mediterranean before but a different part. The entire area is so beautiful. Another perk is all the delicious food!

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    • November 23, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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      Egypt is certainly very beautiful in so many areas Stephanie. The food is something to savour as well, aside from the fact that most of what I tried tasted good and was quite healthy.

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  • November 23, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    The architecture is stunning. I think I’d want to visit Egypt for that alone. All of your photos are beautiful and the views are spectacular. I’d love to visit.

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  • November 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    I have always been an ocean/sea person and the Mediterranean is on my list for sure. Egypt is hands down so rich in history and beauty and you’ve captured that perfectly in these photos. The Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa look amazing to witness live and how can you beat the food and views. I would love to one day tour the Mediterranean coastline.

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    • November 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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      This stretch of coastline is really beautiful Scott, so as you are an ocean/sea person, there is no doubt in my mind that you would love it. There are so amazing natural and historic attractions to see in this amazing country. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • November 23, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    Your photos are so beautiful Nicole. This really makes me want to visit Egypt and especially the Mediterranean coastline sometime soon. There’s so much to see and the ancient sites and the water looks amazing.

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    • November 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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      Thank you so much Kelly. I really appreciate your comment and I hope you might one day visit also as it really is worthwhile. It is a beautiful spot for sure.

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  • November 21, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    It is so amazing so sit next to a sea and watch tiny little waves……. I love the pictures. It is great place to be. My family would have loved to spend time here and I could sit for hours to enjoy mother nature.

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    • November 21, 2019 at 8:56 am
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      I enjoy mother nature basically everywhere I go Pooja, so I can relate to what you are saying. Alexandria on the Mediterranean is certainly a beautiful spot from which to enjoy the beauty of the sea. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • November 21, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    What a detailed and captivating post… Each time I read a post like this, my travelling sensation start tingling… Sadly, I have never been to Egypt before but with its history and architecture, who wouldn’t want to tour this ancient city. I look forward to the day I will experience something like this.

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    • November 21, 2019 at 8:54 am
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      That’s such a lovely comment Ewuzie and I am so pleased you enjoyed this post. I am sure you would love to visit Egypt also in the future as there is just so much to see and appreciate.

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  • November 21, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    My mom mentioned about going to Egypt with the whole family. This just made me more excited! ♥

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    • November 21, 2019 at 8:51 am
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      That is exciting news Lea! I hope you and your family have a really wonderful time. Do check out the other posts in this series on Egypt for some more ideas of places to see and things to do. Bon Voyage!

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  • November 20, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    The view from the Citadel is so amazing !! Egypt has always been on my bucket list and this is another reason why !! All the images also look so stunning !!

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  • November 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Wow I am loving all your fab pictures. what a beautiful place to visit. Looks lovely and relaxing for sure x

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  • November 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    I visited Alexandria on a trip with my parents in 1991 but have not been back to Egypt since then. I too liked the city more than Cairo even though we only did a day trip. Unfortunately we never got see anything except shops because my aunt who hated sightseeing made it a shopping trip. I’m pinning this for future reference.

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    • November 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your experience Razena. It sounds to me like this would be a great reason to return to Egypt to explore all the places you may not have had a chance to see previously. If you decide to go again, I hope you will let me know what a wonderful time you had.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    It has always been a dream of mine to travel and see Egypt. These are such beautiful locations, your pictures are absolutely fantastic!

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    • November 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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      Thank you so much Elena – I hope you will realise your dream one day and make the trip. There is so much to see and appreciate and it is often hard not to take good photos there.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    Everything seems magical and inviting. I wish I could book a flight and join the party.

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    • November 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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      Well, you know the saying Marjie – the more the merrier! Thank you for your kind comment and I’m so pleased you liked the post. It is a great destination to plan a trip to at some time.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    Oh my gosh, the architecture of the library is stunning, I didn’t realise this famous attraction was so close to the sea. This trip to the edge of Egypt to see the Mediterranean sounds and looks like an amazing experience.

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    • November 18, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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      The Library is an easy walk from the seafront Toni and is quite an impressive building for sure. This area was definitely another enjoyable leg of my Egypt trip and thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    You really have been enjoying the beauty of Egypt; from the Red Sea and now, the Mediterranean Sea! And you’re right! Its view is simply unmatched. I would enjoy boat rides in the sea and also, enjoy local fish. I hope there are water sports too. Terrific!

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    • November 18, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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      Thank you so much for your comment again Dalene and I am so happy you enjoy these posts. Although there is far more happening in the way of water sports in the Red Sea, there is no doubting that this shoreline along the Mediterranean is really lovely. Beautiful seafood to enjoy also.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I have never been to Egypt because of its scorching temperatures at any time of the year. But your description of Alexandria is exciting, and maybe I should go there. This is a very famous city and has its history. I think I would be happy to encounter Quaitbay Citadel, Lighthouse of Alexandria, or the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. I believe food is also a great thing in this city. And looking at your pictures, I imagine the city, and it tells me to come there!

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    • November 18, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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      Thanks very much Krzysztof. Those are all great points of interest and they do have good food as well. The breeze coming in from the Mediterranean is really nice if you are really wanting to avoid the heat.

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  • November 17, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    First time I have seen your site…loving it. And thanks for taking us on a great trip through Egypt. The closest we ever got was Israel but we couldn’t cross the border there. Thankfully your pictures took us there 🙂 and made us want to visit someday. Were you guys able to get out on (or under) the water? I hear they have some amazing scuba diving there!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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      Thank so much, Mike. The best place for Scuba Diving in Egypt is the Red Sea. Do check out the post published on the Natural Beauty of the Red Sea Riviera to see just how beautiful the water is there. The Red Sea Riviera has such a fabulous global reputation for scuba diving and it is easy to see why, with many people basing themselves in the resort town of Hurghada. Having said that, I’m also sure you would like the area around Alexandria as well.

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  • November 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Looks like such a beautiful place to visit. Sounds like a wonderful experience. It would be really neat to explore Egypt.

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  • November 17, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    I felt like i myself was in Egypt for the past 10 minutes, that I was enjoying reading this post and admiring the photos. While I havent been there yet, I might get a chance in 2020, to experience the beauty of Egypt for myself. Travelling along the sea front does reward with some really beautiful panoramic views, that need to be experienced first hand.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Arnav. I do hope you manage to take that trip in 2020 as I am sure you would find it worthwhile and fulfilling. Totally agree that nothing beats going there and experiencing it in person.

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  • November 17, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    How beautiful! You’ll make me regret that I didn’t visit Egypt last month when we went to the Middle East. We’ve spent about 3 weeks visiting Israel and Jordan and wanted badly to go to Egypt as well, but it seemed more expensive to go there from the next-door countries than from the USA. I’d love to take a cruise on the Mediterranean and visit all these wonderful places. Especially Alexandria!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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      While you may feel a bit disappointed to not have included Egypt on your most recent trip, Anda, there will hopefully be other opportunities in the future for this. I’m sure your trip last month would have been a great experience as well. I know what you mean about travel costs sometimes be more costly from closer locations and I think this may have to do with travel volume which makes for packaging lower costs from specific travel points. Perhaps an option for a future trip might be to combine a land trip to Egypt (including a Nile cruise) with a cruise on the Mediterranean while you are in the neighborhood.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Beautiful pictures. Egypt has a lot of history in the country and you can clearly see it.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    So beautiful! <3 I would love to visit. Sadly I have not been out of the country [ US ]. I hope to one day visit somewhere else.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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      I am sure you will visit any number of places if you are keen to do so, Ashley. In the meanwhile, perhaps travel articles on this site and many others will inspire you to decide which places most appeal. There are so many wonderful adventures and places waiting for you! Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    Truly beautiful views all around. I would want to view all sights there. The castle looks grand, from 15th century yet so majestic! The seafood dining there is high on my list. I hope I can do a walking tour there some day.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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      I’m sure you would really enjoy doing that Indrani. It is a busy, yet friendly city with so much to offer and surrounded with natural beauty on all sides.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    The Mediterranean coastline looks stunning. I loved the photos taken through the arches from the tower. Such beauty. I would definitely head to the fish market for the seafood and the views from the restaurant. Now that was a wow! I did not know about the weather in Alexandria, it is worth considering visiting.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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      If you have time, I would definitely include Alexandria on your Egyptian itinerary, Jane. Aside from the attractions mentioned above, it is also a good stepping point to a number of other locations in the north and west of the country. Thanks again for this and other comments you have left on posts in this series done on Egypt.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    Your life is so fascinating!! Just love how you make the places you visit even more beautiful.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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      What a lovely thing to say Aditi. I truly love sharing my travel experiences about places I find really beautiful and it means a lot when readers express how much they enjoy the information and images that are shared. Thank you so much.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Oh my goodness does this look like an incredible trip! You look so radiant in that Mediterranean breeze 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love all the pictures and the details. Maybe one day we’ll make it there. Your post is making me want to make it a goal!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Adriane. Do check out the other posts in this series on Egypt and you may decide you have to visit! I loved my trip.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    What a lovely looking place to explore! The closest I’ve been to Egypt is pilgrimage to Israel;’ would love to visit Egypt someday too.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    What amazing views and it seems like such a neat place to visit!

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  • November 16, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    I never really thought about beaches when I think about Egypt, but wow! It looks and sounds amazing! Egypt is on my bucket list, but I hadn’t really thought about various cities in Egypt. Guess I need to update my Egypt bucket list!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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      Thanks Chloe. If beaches and water really appeal, I would recommend also checking out the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt – the beaches and water there were truly gorgeous. There is more detail on this in the post on the Natural Beauty of the Red Sea Riviera. I hope you are able to fulfil your Egyptian bucket list soon.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Egypt sounds like a different spot to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. Interesting to read that Alexandria felt like a nicer city than Cairo. It sounds like the perfect spot to use as a base. The Qaitbay Citadel looks like it is guarding the harbour. Love that you were able to go inside. You certainly got some great shots of the boats in the harbour. Seaside cities are always my favourite for the fresh fish. I always have mixed feelings about visiting catacombs. But I am sure the history was fascinating. We will add checking out the underwater ruins to our travel plans!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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      Alexandria is certainly a great place to use as a base to explore much of Egypt. Due to the fact that it is the second-largest city after Cairo, it has excellent services to connect you to most of Egypt, not to mention the easy access to many other great attractions in the northern part of the country. I’m sure you would find lots to do and see from here including exploring the underwater ruins. I would love to hear how your trip goes and I hope you have as wonderful a time as we did.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    I remember learning about Alexandria on a history class in high school! I went to Egypt few years ago but unfortunately I didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to ! Alexandria seems like a lovely place! Love the historical side but also the views and the Bibliotheca! So stunning!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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      Thank you so much Ada. Alexandria is certainly very famous in history, with many relevant sites still able to be visited as indicated above. Its position on the Mediterranean though makes it a truly beautiful location to visit, in addition to its fascinating past.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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      Thanks so much Cyndi. There were so many great shots to take there – I still have heaps more and it was a challenge to choose which were the ones I thought best to share alongside the narrative of this lovely place.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Wow, what a gorgeous city and a wonderful trip. So much history and beauty in Egypt.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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      There is absolutely no doubt about that Maria. I loved every location we visited across this amazing country. I hope you will also make the journey one day and thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    This would be such a meaningful and amazing place to visit. I dream touring the Mediterranean Sea’s coast lines some day!

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    • November 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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      That would be really a wonderful thing to do Shayla! Might take a while to do it properly though via all the countries and distances involved, but what an experience that would be.

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