Alexandria was founded as a cosmopolitan city in antiquity by Alexander the Great who was the legendary Greek king of Macedonia from 336 B.C. to 323. The city has always welcomed European and Mediterranean visitors coming to Egypt by sea, being a haven and the gateway for them of dreams come true.
Alexandria’s Old city and its port have been the beating heart of the city for centuries.
Alexandria’s old port was the center of maritime activity at a time when trade coming from the sea was the city’s main source of income. Today the ancient port is still filled with boats, old and new, which you can admire as you stroll along the quays.
The rambles are also lined with ancient Greek cafés, bars, and restaurants so you can take a pit stop and watch the world around you go by.
Sada Elbald English (See) list of things you may not know about this beautiful spot.
By the early 1900s, the charming Mediterranean city had become home and midpoint to many western and foreign communities, Italians, French, Greeks, Albanian, and Russians all leaving their fingerprint at the ancient city.
Alexandria’s Old city is one of the most picturesque parts of Egypt’s second-largest city. This area has been the hub of activity in Alexandria from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, and today it is as busy as ever.
Perhaps no one can probably describe how Alexandria used to look for much of the past century better than elder residents of the fascinating coastal city in their quotes and remarks.
Gigy Ibrahim, 69, who is one of those residents, shared her memories with See. “Every week, I approach the Greek cafes after I take a stroll on the long walk of Stanley Bridge, and along the beach of San Stefano at noon. The ancient marvelous and iconic cafes, which date back to the 1930s, have a stunning view of the Mediterranean seashore.”
Recalling her favorite childhood memories of her beloved city, she said that a visit to ancient Greek cafes, the Royal gardens of Montazh, and theater nights, and dancing shows were an essential part of every weekend.
Watching Theater shows was popular, and even cinemas such as the Metro and Rialto had theater and dancing stages located next to screens, so the people of Alexandria and the western communities would go dancing in the intervals of films and plays.
Ceremonies were frequently held, and many youths used to dance the renowned tango, hula-hoop, rumba, and other western dances.
When I was a teenage student, I used to take the tram from home to school. Sometimes we used to come out of school and go to the Metro cinema by the same tram without getting permission from our parents, she remembered.