Attractions Nearby Alexandria, Day Trips and Excursions
Many superb attractions are within reach of those staying at Alexandria and worth searching out. No trip to Egypt is really complete without a visit to the stunning pyramids at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, while if watching giant boats and tankers sail by is your thing, many of the attractions at Port Said are based around the mouth of the world-famous Suez Canal.
Further attractions nearby Alexandria include the town of Damanhur, which is full of traditional Egyptian character, and the war memorials and cemetery at El Alamein.
Cairo is one of the most famous cities in the whole of Egypt and within reach of Alexandria, lying to the south-east. A superb and much-visited tourist destination, the city of Cairo contains many of Egypt's best-known sites, which include the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Other top attractions at Cairo include more than 120,000 artefacts on display at the Egyptian Museum, the winding lanes and charm of Islamic Cairo, and the local belly dancers.
Located on the eastern side of Alexandria, the prospering canal city of Port Said is known for its prominent location next to the northerly entrance to the Suez Canal and also the Mediterranean Sea. Founded in the mid-19th century, Port Said is known for its duty-free status and is linked to the mainland by both a causeway and bridge. On the northern side of Port Said you will find a popular beach resort area with a number of coastal attractions, complete with bungalows and other accommodation options.
El Alamein can be found to the west of Alexandria and is not known for its tourist attractions. Most people visiting El Alamein are passing through and come to pay their respects at the vast Commonwealth War Cemetery, where over 7,000 tomb stones are laid out. On the western outskirts of El Alamein, the German and Italian War Memorials are a much-visited spot and housed within a sandstone fortress structure overlooking the adjacent sea.
A fairly unassuming market town located approximately 110 km / 69 miles south-east of Alexandria, Damanhur is a good place to visit to get a feel of the real Egypt. Although tourist attractions in Damanhur are few and far between, this town is an unassuming spot and a good place to escape the tourism of the more developed resorts and cities. With an interesting history and a popular festival each year in November, there are no significant ancient remains from the past. Worth noting, Damanhur has become a particularly important junction for the railroad.