SITES WEST of ALEXANDRIA
4 km. west of Alexandria, it is a private beach (3 km. long), with a tourist village and a cafeteria.
About 35 km. west of Alexandria, it is easily reached by rail, bus, car or taxi.
It has a 3 star hotel "The Desert Home'', Tel. 981315-981365 and 2 star Hotel King Mariut, Tel. 981434. King Mariut is suitable as a health spa for those seeking rest and tranquility. There are also some other hotels nearby.
Lies 50 km. to the west and dates back to the 4th century St. Mina was buried there after he was killed during the reign of Diocletian in 226 A.D. It has a basilica church and two small chapels, as well as other historical buildings.
About 52 km. to the west, it comprises a temple, Abu Sir lighthouse and a communal grave from Roman times.
MARAQIA TOURIST VILLAGE
About 52 km. away and comprises bungalows, villas and apartments, with all amenities and comfort.
For information and reservations contact: Maraqia Village, Tel: 991304/5. You can also find other accommodation places around the area.
MARINA RUINS - ALAMEIN
An ancient city discovered in 1985, it comprises temples, tombs, baths and nobles' houses, from the Graeco-Roman period. It is the largest archaeological city after Alexandria.
104 km. west of Alexandria, this beach is renowned for its natural scenery soft and white sands and tranquility. It was once described by Churchill as having the best climate in the world. Here also, the Germans, led by Rommel, and the Allies, led by Montgomery, fought one of the most decisive battles of World War II: The Battle of Alamein.
PLACES TO VISIT
The British Cemetery: Thousands upon thousands of rock-hewn tombstones stand straight rows amidst a fenced garden.
The Italian Cemetery: It is a high tower fort standing on a high hill. The walls of the building are covered with marble.
The German Cemetery: It is a fortresslike memorial that was built on a high hill overlooking the sea.
The Alamein Museum: Houses specimens of World War II weapons, as well as busts of the generals who planned the battle. There are also maps and charts showing troop deployment.
SIDI ABDEL RAHMAN BEACH
About 127km. west of Alexandria, and 162km. before Matrouh, lies on a calm bay, about 25km. west of Alamein. It is characterised by an excellent climate and clear transparent waters.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Train: The Egyptian Railway Authority operates a daily train to Matrouh from Alexandria, with stops at Alamein and Sidi Abdel Rahman.
For information, call in Alexandria : Tel. 4923207, in Matrouh: Tel. 943036
By Bus: The Delta West Bus Co. Ramleh Square. Tel. 809685
You can also get there by private or rented cars. There are hotels available in the area.