|On the Corniche, at Alexandria, Egypt|
KNOW IT ALL: Five essential things to consider before you go…
1 You will get lost the minute you
turn inland from the Corniche, which runs along the waterfront. Just
2 Egyptians call it Iskandariyah, but most people understand
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
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
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.