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Visiting Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria
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Citadel of Qaitbay does not require any description for its majestic beauty. The cream colour of the citadel from outside holds a striking view against the bright blue sky.

Explore the Citadel of Qaitbay

Explore the Citadel of Qaitbay

Citadel of Qaitbay

Citadel of Qaitbay

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the Citadel of Qaitbay is the defensive fort built in the fifteenth century by Sultan Al Ashraf. The modern Alexandria is stretched for miles along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. The turrets and ramparts highlight the mesmerising unobstructed glimpses of the limitless Mediterranean Sea on one side and endless skyline and beautiful boats cluttered on the other side.

Lighthouse of Alexandria

Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Pharos of Alexandria is the tallest human-made structure which was constructed around 284 BC; the lighthouse features a watchtower and a small mosque on its top. It wears the crown of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The three taping tiers of the watchtower highlight the lower section with the central core, the top with circular and the middle with the octagonal section. It is a fascinating structure of Egypt which reflects the political symbol of the city and its govern-orate.

Alexandria Aquarium

Alexandria Aquarium

Located next to the lighthouse of Alexandria, the aqua zoo exhibits more than fifteen thousand exotic animals. Erected in the year 1930, the aqua zoo is famous for its exotic species of Mediterranean Sea, Nile River, Amazon, and the Red Sea. It is indeed a unique world of wonder with a close look at the aquamarine life. The azure fresh and salt water is home to moray eels, red lion-fish, and several other marine animals. The mesmerising multiplicity of living coral reefs and colours make the visitors awestruck. Alexandria Aquarium allows an excellent view at night. It orchestrates the trip in the dark using flashlights and torches. The visitors observe and get to know about the nocturnal behaviour of the marine animals. 'Alexandria Aquarium' provides its visitors fascinating round trips of several themed areas that exist in the aquarium which include the magical world of caves along with sub-tropical and tropical seas and forests.

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How to Get Tickets?

Reserving your tickets in advance will save your time and money. Book them through our website with the best new deals. However, you can also buy the tickets through the ticket counter available at the destination spot.

How To Get Around?

Explore the Citadel of Qaitbay on foot.

What Should I Wear?

Try to dress decently. Prefer to carry sleeved dresses and tops and knee-length skirts. Pack the apparels which will protect you from heat as in gets very hot in the noon. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must. Carry a scarf as women need to cover their head in Alexandria. Wear comfortable shoes or flat sandals as you need to walk a lot. Avoid wearing high heels as it is not suitable for pedestrian excursions. Moreover, you may add sunglasses and floppy hats to your luggage. If you are planning to travel in the winter months, sweaters and jackets are very important. Dark colour overcoats are versatile enough to pair with light shaded outfits.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

Citadel of Qaitbay opens at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Plan your trip either between September to November or March and April. The spring and autumn seasons offer a soothing climate to visit Alexandria.

Currency

Egyptian Pound

Will I Need a Guide?

This website serves as the best guide for this tour with detailed and comprehensive information.

How To Get There?

Getting around the city is easy. Take taxis, trams, and buses that are readily available on the significant tourists picking and dropping points. Black and yellow taxis are the best option to travel. Trams are the cheapest mode but they are also slow and creaky. You can hire self-driven vehicles for a leisure tour. Moreover, Alexandria is accessible through airplane, car, train, and bus. Board the flight for Borg el Arab Airport and you'll directly reach Alexandria. Grab the train for Ramses Station as it is the most prominent way to get to Alexandria. The city and its roads are well connected to the national highway which makes it easier for the people who travel through buses and cars.

Additional Info

Try to book the tickets online for Citadel of Qaitbay as it will save your time and money. Alexandria is a perfect destination spot to spend vacations with family and friends. Don't wait for the last moment to book your tickets. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the excursion. Moreover, it is advisory to download the official app of Egypt Tourism in your cell phone from Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Beware of pickpockets and take care of your valuables and belongings.

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