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Marsa Matrouh

 

Marsa Matrouh lies 290 km. West of Alexandria and 222 km. from Saloum. The distance from Cairo to Matrouh is 524 km. 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.

 
The beach is famous for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters, for the bay is protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural wave-breaker, with a small opening to allow light vessels in.

 

This beach dates back to the days of Alexander, the Macedonian, when it was known as "Peritoneum" and also as "Amoun Ra". It said that Alexander the Great stopped there during his historical expedition to pay tribute, and sacrifice, to the god Amoun, at Siwa, so that he becomes Amoun's son and his rule is a historical continuation of the pharaohs. There are ruins of a temple from the time of Ramses II (1200 B.C.) in Matrouh.

 

Egyptian Fleet Anchorage

Built the Ptolemy’s, the remains of the naval installations still stand west of the port.

 

Coptic Chapel

Built the early Coptic age, and contains several caves bearing inscriptions.

 
Rommel's Cave Museum

It is a cave carved in the rocks in where the German Commander Rommel’s restored or his own to draw up his military plans. The museum houses his most important belongings, the arms and military tools used at that time. It has now been turned into a military museum.

 

Aguiba Beach

Aguiba Beach is the pride of Marsa, About 28 km. west of Marsa Matrouh; it is distinguished by its numerous natural caves and enchanting scenery. even if it is no more than 30-40 meters long. It is set between protecting cliffs, and a nice reception area has been built on top on one of these. The sand is cleaner here, and the temperature cooler. But the day ends earlier, as the cliffs take away the sunset hours. But when the clock closes up to 4, climbing up the cliffs is a nice idea, and the views over the coast to the east are stunning.