KNOW IT ALL: Alexandria, Egypt. Five essential things to consider before you go…
|On the Corniche, at Alexandria, Egypt|
1 You will get lost the minute you turn inland from the Corniche, which runs along the waterfront. Just accept it.
2 Egyptians call it Iskandariyah, but most people understand Alex.
3 Steer clear of the city in July and August. Cairo’s playground goes crazy in summer: expect traffic jams and you won’t see the sand for beach umbrellas.
4 Avoid Alex’s grubby, public beaches and go private. Montaza and El Maamoura are clean and funky, with paid admission. San Stefano beach, opposite the Four Seasons hotel, also has a happening beach club scene.
5 Historically inhabited by Greeks, and by the sea: eat fish! The best include Hosny in Montazah Beach and the Greek Club, near Qaitbay Fort, which has spectacular views.
This article by Belinda Jackson was published in Sydney's Sun-Herald Traveller section.