Sightseeing & Tours
Within easy reach of your Four Seasons Alexandria guest room or luxury suite are many options for adventure and exploration, including the Montazah Palace Gardens, the Catacombs of Kom Al-Shoqafa and the National Museum in the heart of the city. For further ideas or details, our Concierge is always pleased to advise and assist you.
No visit to Alex is complete without a walk along the famed Corniche. Stretching 20 kilometres, the vibrant promenade is lined with Greco-Roman themed architecture, coffee houses and cafés, and is flanked by the eastern (the ‘old’) and western harbours, each dating back to the fourth century.
Make plans to visit this highly contemporary glass and steel structure, which opened in 2002 following a multi-million pound project to revive the most significant library and learning institution of the ancient world. The new library includes three museums, five specialized research institutes, and an art collection that includes Hellenic statues and centuries-old manuscripts.
Qait bay Fort & Citadel
Built in 1480 on the site of the ancient lighthouse of Pharos, this spectacular site is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The fort’s walls contain stones from the legendary Pharos, which date back to 238 BC. The fort also houses the Naval Museum, which contains artefacts from the Roman and Napoleonic sea battles.
Towering 30 metres (98 feet) above Alexandria’s ancient acropolis, this Aswan granite monument was erected in 297 AD in
honour of the great Emperor Diocletian. During the middle Ages, it was mistakenly assumed that the pillar marked the burial site of Pompey, hence the misleading name.
Catacombs of Kom Al-Shoqafa
Hewn out of the rocky slope of a hill not far from Pompey’s Pillar, the catacombs represent the largest example of a Roman burial site within Egypt. Three floors in depth, they comprise an elaborate series of chambers and passageways adorned with pillars, statues and religious symbols.
The Greco-Roman Museum
Over 40,000 artefacts from the third century BC to 7 AD. (This site is currently under renovation.)
The National Museum
Displaying 1,800 artefacts relating to historical figures such as Nefertiti, King Tutankhamen and Alexander the Great, as well as a fascinating room devoted to the mummification process.
The Roman Ampitheatre
The only one of its kind in Egypt, this particularly well preserved example from the 2nd century comprises marble seats, mosaic floors and granite columns. At night it is beautifully-lit and is a popular place to just sit and chat.
Abu Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque
This stunning white mosque is the finest of the many to be found in Alexandria, combining ornate Islamic architecture with Andalusia influences in memory of the saint from Andalusia to which it was dedicated.
Montazah Palace Gardens
Montazah Palace was built in 1892 as the summer home of the Egyptian royal family. Although the main palace is not open to the public, the 370 acres of beachside grounds have been landscaped into lush gardens and are one of the city’s most beautiful spots for a stroll or picnic.