The »pearl of the Mediterranean«, as the Alexandrians like to call their city, has its own special charm, which is not always apparent right away. The few monuments that remain from the time when Alexandria was the cultural center of the Hellenic world now scarcely contribute to the flair of this major Mediterranean city. Even though faceless new construction now marks the face of more than 20km/ 12mi of coastline, a drive along the bay of Alexandria with its many beaches is impressive. The center of the Corniche is planted with palm trees, and tourists, as well as locals, enjoy the numerous cafes and restaurants.
Alexandria Egypt is the second-largest city in Egypt and a major economic center. With a population of 5,200,000, Alexandria is the largest city on the Mediterranean – also called the Bride of the Mediterranean by locals – the sixth-largest city in the Arab world and the ninth-largest in Africa. The city extends about 40 km (25 mi) at the northern coast of Egypt along the Mediterranean Sea. Alexandria is a popular tourist destination, and also an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez.