Marsa Matruh, Egypt

Mersa Matruh is a Mediterranean seaport and the capital of the Matrouh Governorate in Egypt. It is 240km west of Alexandria and 222 km from Sallum, on the main highway from the Nile Delta to the Libyan border. Another highway leads south from the town, toward the Western Desert and the oasies of Siwa and Bahariya.

During Ancient Egyptian times and during the reign of Alexander The Great, the city was known as Amunia. In Ptolemaic and Byzantine times it was known as Paraitonion and in Roman times, as Paraetonium

With long sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters, such as Agiba Beach and Gharam Beach, described by many as one of the most beautiful seashore landscapes in the world, many believe that Cleopatra herself bathed in the tranquil waters of Marsa Matrouh.

Things to see and do

* Ruins of the Temple of the King, Pharaoh Rameses II
* Drowned city of Caesar and Cleopatra
* Drowned Palace of Cleopatra
* Coptic Chapel
* Rommel's Hideout

General Information

Cruise Season – November to March
Currency – Egyptian pound (EGP)
Time – GMT plus 2
Language - Egyptian
Population – 62,049
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
International Country Telephone Code - +20

Transport links

Mersa Matruh Airport 3.5km from city centre
Alalamain International Airport 126km
West Delta Bus provide service to neighbouring towns

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