North Coast

The Northern Coast is the Egyptian North Western gate stretching 525km on the Mediterranean east to Sallum on the Libyan boarder.
This was a rain-dependent agricultural land in the Roman era. Having good faith in the prosperous future of this region, the government spares no effort to develop it. Many comprehensive planning studies have been conducted.

Many luxurious tourist spots have been built. In 1978, the process was unleashed. In spite of miles of white sand beaches and azure sea, Egypt's Med is still undeveloped and relatively unpopulated. There are fine beaches all along the coast from Alexandria to Mersa Matrouh, including the resort of Sidi Abdel Rahman, a secluded bay with clear waters and a selection of villas and hotels.

North Coast Tourist Villages and Beaches
Attractive integrated tourist villages are there, including beaches, houses, and public service units. Moreover, 121 private locations are under study, beside the three most popular already executed by the Ministry of construction, i.e. Marakia, Marabella and Marina resorts.



Sidi Kreir
34km west of Alexandria, it is a private beach (3 km long), with a tourist village and a cafeteria.

King Mariut
About 35km west of Alexandria, it is easily reached by rail, bus, car or taxi. It has two hotels with for a comfortable accommodation.

Abu Mina
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. 

Borg al-Arab
About 52 km to the west, it comprises a temple, Abu Sir lighthouse and a communal grave from Roman times. 

Marina El Alamein
Near Marina, "Marina- Al Alamein" lies on the beach, about 100km from Alexandria. Its surface is nearly 5000 feddans. Apart from the beach, it consists of housing and public service units. Golf, horse-riding and other sport facilities and courtyards are also there. In fact, "Marina-Al Alamein" is exceptional in both natural and historical respects. It is endowed with natural deep lakes, as well as large forests. Moreover, it is rich in both Greek and Roman monuments.endowed with natural deep lakes, as well as large forests. Moreover, it is rich in both Greek and Roman monuments. 

El Alamein
El Alamein is most notable as the place where the Allied forces of WW II gained a decisive victory of the Axis forces. Today, the village located about 66 miles east of Alexandria is mostly a port facility for shipping oil. However, it was once described by Churchill as having the best climate in the world. There are several hotels and a beach resort nearby. There is also a war museum with collectibles from the Battle of El Alamein and other North African battles. The only historical interest in this village would be related to WW II, and includes an Italian and German military cemeteries on Tell el-Eisa Hill just outside of town. 

Sidi Abdel Rahman
About 15 miles west of Al Alamein lies Sidi Abdel Rahman, with beautiful sugar white beaches and the Mediterranean. This is one of those virgin beach areas you read about but rarely see. Bedouins inhabit a small village a little over a mile away. There is a beach resort located here.

Marsa Matrouh
Marsa Matrouh lies 290km west of Alexandria and 222km from Sallum. The distance from Cairo to Matrouh is 524km. It lies on a bay on the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its seven km long beach, which-as all visitors have testified-is one of the most beautiful in the world.

While Sallum is not a tourist area, there are nevertheless one hotel (Al-Ahrum) and a few other places to stay. However, this is certainly not a town familiar with western travelers. This was the ancient Roman port of Baranis, and there are still some Roman wells in the area. It is also a Bedouin trading center. It sits on the Egyptian North Coast, but it's location basically on the boarder with Libya about as far to the east as one may travel in Egypt means that it is out of the way of most everything, with few attractions other than a WW II Commonwealth war cemetery. There is a post office and a National Bank of Egypt branch, and some nearby beaches may be isolated and attractive. However, one should ask for permission prior to visiting these.

Sidi Barani
Sidi Barani is a town on the Northern Coast of Egypt situated East of the Libyan boarder and west of Marsa Matrouh. Mostly it is a Bedouin community with food and gasoline resources, a single small hotel, and very little if any tourist activity or historical curiosities.

Ras el-Hikma
Ras el-Hikma has some beautiful beaches, and an official camping site. It is located about 30 miles east of Marsa Matoruh and might make a pleasant distraction on the way there. The town is little more than a Bedouin village, and is situated on a land mass that juts out into the Med.


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