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Alexandria, Egypt’s second capital, is a true Mediterranean jewel that hovers between illusion and reality, between substance and poetic images, it’s the city developed from a mere anchorage to “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”. Alexandria has first come to existence when the young Macedonian leader, Alexander the Great, chose it to become the capital of Graeco- Roman Egypt in 332 B.C. It wasn’t only an ancient Egyptian center for learning, but it was also a historical setting that witnessed the stormy relationship between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. 

 

Alexandria has an inimitable charm that you cannot resist, no matter how hard you tried. It is famed for its great library , the Pharos lighthouse , one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although it is now only a shadow of its once cosmopolitan self, Alexandria still contains several sights of religious interest, including temple ruins , a Coptic cathedral , exceptional museums , and several stunning mosques . 

 

Alexandria is second to none when it comes to combining history with attractions. It has a lot to offer from sightseeing , water sports, to entertainment . While you're strolling through Alexandria's quaint, exciting and diverse belle époque buildings and grand squares, savor the amazing good coffee and French pastries served up by its restaurants. You can also enjoy the freshly caught fish served by the Corniches’  Restaurants. Find just what you're looking for in Alexandria's eclectic and fashionable shopping  malls. 

 

If you’re a sport enthusiast, then Alexandria is your place to be. It is one of three cities that participated in hosting the African Nations Cup in 2006. It has several stadiums, but the recently built Burj Al Arab stadium is the only place that you need to be while watching a thrilling game. Other sports, such as tennis, Golf and squash, are played primarily in private clubs, such as Alexandria Sporting Club, Smouha Club, and Lagoon Resort Courts. Along the shore visitors can also find water sports, including surfing, jet-skiing, and water polo. Scuba diving is another good bet here. Divers have plentiful locations to choose from, including Pharos Island  , where it is possible to glimpse the ruins of the famous Lighthouse. 

 

Alexandria is the mythical city that nobody continues to unleash more of its surprises. This city never seizes to surprises the world with its newly discovered treasures. The new discoveries that took place in the eastern harbors have unearthed hundreds of objects, including what experts believe are the remains of the Pharos Lighthouse, and in the south east part of the harbor archaeologists have apparently found the Royal Quarters, including granite columns and fabulous statues. In addition to one of Isis’ statues and a sphinx with a head that is thought to be Cleopatra's father. There may vary well be an underwater exhibit in the future. 

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