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Alexandria, Egypt’s ancient metropolis, has become the artistic and cultural centre of the country, and is therefore comparatively liberal. Sights include the Alexandria Museum and Bibliotecha Alexandria. It's a must for a younger generation. The best place to stay in Alexandria are luxury destinations that retain elemtents of Alexandria's history.
Alexandria was once Egypt's capital and home to Cleopatra and Alexander the Great. Many of its monuments, the Pharos Lighthouse and the Great Libary, have since been swallowed (literally) by the sea and Nasser's nationalism in the 1960s. Very much a city in transition there is a growing youth culture of artists and writers. This is what makes Alexandria particularly liberal and it wouldn't be uncommon to see women without headscarves.
There are lots of old word cafes, museums, monuments, and excellent fish restaurants to explore.
The best places to stay in Alexandria are luxury hotels with elements of the old.
- Sofitel Cecil Alexandria - old world charm and romance. A classical facade with grand interiors, excellent French restaurant, on the sea's edge.
- Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria At San Stefano - gorgeous boutique suites are very romantic, top of the range spa, infinity pool, sea views. Excellent Lebanese and Italian cuisine.
Best Hotels in Alexandria
Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria At San Stefano 118 rooms from $294Alexandria
A luxury Five Star hotel with boutique flair and an intimate atmosphere. Gorgeous suites, all individually decorated, mix tradition and modern comfort to stylish effect. Excellent Italian and Lebanese restaurants, top of the range cardio gym and spa, infinity pool with sea views. A stand out hotel.Foodies - Italian and Lebanese restaurants.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSights nearby - Roman Amphitheatre.
Steigenberger Hotel Cecil 86 rooms from $92Alexandria
An historic hotel with a classical facade and grand interiors. Old world romance and charm throughout. Rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows, rich fabrics, antique furniture, and balconies with sea views. Two excellent restaurants. A romantic spot to explore Alexandria from.City StyleSights nearby - St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria Stadium, Qaitbay Fortress and Pompey's Pillar.Views - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.