The ancient city of Alexandria..Believed to have been founded by Alexander the Great, this ancient port-city is one of the greatest historical cities of the Mediterranean.
Above, is the view from my bedroom. Outside this balcony, speakers amplify the harmonious, meditative sounds of Muslims across the city joining in prayer.
Explore the streets of Ramleh station | Alexandria, Egypt
Nothing beats the desert heat like fresh squeezed juice – a MUST try in Egypt. Make your way to El Nabi Daniel, where you’ll find this juice shop offering a selection of juices/shakes. I highly recommend trying fresh sugarcane, mango, and orange juice while in Egypt!
You might even run into this local street vendor selling Lupini beans (Termis in Arabic) and Fava beans (Foul in Arabic). These high-protein staples of Egyptian cuisine are everyone’s favorite healthy snack food. Lupini beans are delicious & fun to eat – Simply use your front teeth to pop the bean out of its skin and into your mouth.
The Citadel of Qaitbay
The Qaitbay Citadel serves as the most important defensive fortress of the 15-century. Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, the Citadel was developed from the ruins of a Lighthouse that once stood as one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria – also known as the Pharos of Alexandria.
Before being demolished by several earthquakes in the late 14th-century, the Lighthouse of Alexandria stood at an an impressive 110 meters, almost as tall as the Pyramids of Giza – the tallest man-made structure at the time.
Take a seat on the Mediterranean Sea at Casino Alshatby | El-Gaish Rd. Alexandria, Egypt
Make your way upstairs to Aroma Lounge/Cafe,located on the rooftop – Take a seat on the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy the stunning sea views over Shisha and Arabic coffee (or hot tea with fresh mint, a staple of the Middle Eastern). Aroma Lounge can be a bit pricey for locals, but it’s pretty cheap for tourists.
A road-trip along the Red Sea | from Cairo to Hurghada
El Hurghada freeway will you get you from Cairo to Hurghada in about 5-6 hours. Add a day or two to your trip and make a stop in El Gouna, another very popular tourist destination along the Red Sea. Best part is, it’s on the way!
Where to stay in El Gouna…There are reasonably priced resorts all along the Red Sea ($50-$110 USD/night – may be more or less depending on the season) – We stayed at the Arena Innfor its great price and convenient location to the city center.
Rub elbows with other tourists at DuPort Pool Clubin Marina El Gouna! Whether you want to drink, dance, or just enjoy live music, I promise you will have an absolute blast here. The music/visuals make for a great party experience, with featured sets from a variety of international and local DJ’s. There is a fee to get in (about $10 USD) and that includes a free drink voucher.
Next stop, Hurghada “The BEST resort experience of my life”
Would you try Camel meat? You won’t always find it on restaurant menus, but you will at Moby Dick in Downtown Hurghada.
I didn’t order camel but a lot of people enjoy it for how tender and healthier it is than other meats.
Eating local also includes Koushari, a delicious Egyptian dish that you can try at El Tahrir in Downtown Hurghada
Koushari is a classic vegetarian recipe, found in almost all Egyptian restaurants, homes, and street vendors. This inexpensive, yet filling dish consists of noodles, lentils, rice, and fried onions, topped with a special blend tomato sauce. It is also common to add vinegar for an extra boost of flavor.
And when you’ve had enough Egyptian food in Hurghada, try the Thai restaurant White Elephant
A few of our favorites: Yellow curry, Vegetable noodles, Spring rolls, & Tom Kha coconut soup. If you’re curious about prices, my curry dish was 80 Egyptian pounds (about $5 USD)
Back to Cairo… Next stop, the Pyramids of Giza.
Check out the ancient Khufu Ship, dated back to 2500 B.C.
Head of a Lady – Face of a Man – Body of a Lion, the Sphinx
More to do in Cairo…
You must make time for Khan el-Khalili, a major Souq and one of Cairo’s best attractions.