18,961 people visited Alexandria
Few cities on the planet offer so many cultural riches as does Alexandria. Equally Mediterranean and Egyptian, the port and former capital of Greco-Roman Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great over 2300 years ago. One of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria welcomed sailors to the great city for over 1700 years. Today, visitors can enjoy Alexandria's rich history at the Citadel of Qaitbay (where some of the stones used in construction came from the lighthouse), Roman Catacombs, a Roman Theatre and a stunning recreation of the great library of Alexandria. To see the birthplace of Coptic Christianity, visit the St. Mark Orthodox Cathedral, on the site where St. Mark (yes, the one from the Bible) founded a church in 60 AD. Stick with ancient civilizations for a visit to the incomparable Alexandria National Museum and the Graeco-Roman Museum. Or come back to this century and wile away a relaxing vacation day on Alexandria's beaches or on the grass at Montazah Royal Gardens. Alexandria is heavily touristed, so can be crowded in high season, but hotels are plentiful and well-priced and there's a restaurant for every budget.