295 km. west of Alexandria and 510 km. northwest of Cairo, by train or by bus (faster) from both cities. The airport is 5 km. to the west.
Last town before the border with Libya, its history overlaps with several celebrities. Alexander would have stopped there during his trip to the oasis of Siwa, and Cleopatra bathed in its waters would. German Marshal Rommel, meanwhile, had set up their headquarters here, from where he led the decisive battle of El Alamein in 1942.

Marsa Matruh is extended to the edge of a lagoon protected by a ledge, it is possible to travel in local transportation, the caretta, a cart pulled by a donkey. Here you can benefit from the clear waters off the beaches of the hotel Beau Site (above the cornice), where the bath meets Western standards regarding the use of bikini.
If the most beautiful beaches are found around the city, it is advisable to stay in conditioned areas. Since the coast was mined during World War II, caution is recommended. Among the most notable beaches, is that of Agiba (28 km. To the west), with its natural caves.
At the edge of the desert, a place known as "Cleopatra bath" is a beautiful bay of clear water surrounded by rocks, similar to a large square pool where, according to legend, Queen Cleopatra came to bathe.

Souk Libya (Libya Market):
Not long ago, smugglers in the city introduced products from Libya without paying customs duties. Today, this market is tolerated by the authorities. There you can find products originating in Libya, the Maghreb and Europe as well as various regional products: wool, olives, barley, sheep, dates, watermelon, etc.

Fort and temple of Ramses II's time:
The ruins that remain today evoke a time when the walls were erected here in the Pharaonic temple of Ramses II. Built at the end of his campaign against the Libyans in 1200 BC, was used as a stronghold to defend the border with Libya.


Post a Comment