Known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, Alexandria
is the second largest city in Egypt
. Alexandria is worth a visit for its many historic sites, rich culture, and fabulous Mediterranean beaches.
As any major city, Alexandria is home to a diverse array of accommodation and lodging
options including a variety of private vacation rentals and villa rentals. Choose from waterfront condo rentals, penthouse apartment rentals, villa rentals on the Mediterranean, vacation rentals in the business district and many other types of first class accommodation.
Few cities have a history as rich as that of Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt and the center of learning in the ancient world. The city is home to some of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world including the legendary lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
. It is difficult to decide where to spend your time but here are a few suggestions: Qaitbey Fort, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, the Graeco-Roman Museum, and the Kom el Shokafa Catacombs.
Qaitbey Fort is said to sit on the site of Ptolemy II's legendary lighthouse
, built in 238 BC. The lighthouse fell in a 14th century earthquake, making way for this grey-stone fort, which was built using what remained of the lighthouse. The views over Alexandria from the fort are impressive.
The Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque
, built in 1775 by Algerians is a beautiful building of huge granite pillars, colored glass, intricately carved wooden windows and paved marble floors.
The Graeco-Roman Museum is packed full of fascinating objects reflecting Egypt during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. You'll need at least a few hours here to view all the mosaics, pottery, sarcophagi and lovely garden filled with statues.
Fascinating 2nd century AD funeral sculptures and friezes can be seen here in the eerie Kom el Shokafa Catacombs
: the largest known Roman burial grounds in Egypt. Visitors can walk around the tombs unsupervised.
Relaxing at beaches and waterfront attractions along the coast is the perfect way to end a long day sightseeing. Beaches stretch in either direction from downtown and visitors can explore the coast at their leisure. One of the best places to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea is the Corniche
, a seaside promenade that stretches the length of the city.
Daily, weekly, or monthly vacation rental accommodations are available in Alexandria. If you are looking for a vacation that marries history and culture with spectacular accommodations look no further. Choose from a garden villa rental, penthouse condo rental
with unbelievable views, a luxury waterfront villa rental
or a vacation rental located near one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Not many cities can boast this variety of accommodations.