Marsa Matruh is the last town before the Libyan border and shares its history with some famous figures. Alexander the Great is said to have stopped here on his way to the Siwa Oasis and Cleopatra is reputed to have come here to bathe. It was here that General Rommel set up his field headquarters and directed German troops in the decisive Battle of El-Alamein in 1942.
The Egyptian easternmost of Egyptian governorates. Located 525 km north Cairo on the northern coast and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Matrouh is distinguished with its beautiful, white sand beaches and crystal clear water. The series rock formation acts as a natural barrier and wave breaker making the water tranquil and calm. In ancient times Marsa Matrouh was called "Amounea" as it was the gateway to Siwa, home to a temple dedicated to the god "Amoun." Old references mention that Alexander the great was the one who built it.
During Alexander the great expedition he stopped to pay tribute to God Amun and thus his rule becomes a historic continuation of the Pharaohs.
Dining and Sleeping
There are many hotels in Matrouh. Hotels within the city of Matrouh are not of a very high standard, but they offer clean and comfortable place to sleep in. some new resorts are being established that are of an international high standard. In summer the hotels are overbooked and it is very difficult to find a place unless you make a reservation in advance. Some flats are for rent which are clean with a sea view and very good in price. There are plenty of restaurants and eateries in Matrouh that offer good food at cheap prices. Coffee shops and cafeterias are available getting very crowded in summer. Some international fast food chains opened in Marsa Matrouh like Pizza Hut and Mc Donald’s but they open only in summer.
Marsa Matrouh is linked to Alexandria by a coastal road that passes through he main beach resorts along the shores of the northern coast. Buses run daily join ing Marsa Matrouh with other Egyptian Governorates such as Alexandria, Cairo, Siwa, Libyan Boarder, El Saloum. There is a train from Cairo and Alexandria. Matrouh is served as well by an airport that runs daily flights from Cairo and other destinations. Traveling within Matrouh can be done with the taxi which are plenty in town at affordable prices.
Marsa Matrouh is endowed with lovely beaches unmatched in the whole world due to their white sand and calm water as well as some attractions
One of the largest beaches in Marsa Matrouh which is recommended if you would like to have a good swim. Despite being 17 kilometers out of town, it is actually facing town, occupying the last stretch of land around the lagoon before it opens up to the great sea.
Agiba Beach is the pride of Matrouh, Located 24 km from Matrouh down town. 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 of one of these. The sand is cleaner here, and the temperature cooler. The day ends earlier on the beach because the sun gets hidden by the cliffs. The area above the cliffs is recently developed making it a nice idea to climb and have view of the coast.
El Aubayeed beach
It is about 18 km to the west of Matrouh, famed for its tranquil water and white sand. The water in this beach is very calm to the extent you feel that you are in a swimming pool.
Located 2.5 km from Matrouh at Rommel Island in front of the eastern harbor.
Alam El Rom beach
It is located 12 km to the east of Matrouh.
Marsa Matrouh Highlights
In Aguiba area, it is situated about 25 km. to the west of Matrouh.
The only museum in Egypt carved inside a mountain containing war memorabilia such as guns, ammunition and other war devices which were a gift by presented by the son of Rommel.
Situated about 5 km. to the west of Marsa Matrouh city, it is a huge stone where the sea water passes through tunnels carved throughout the rock allowing the water to flow to the sea once again. It is said that Cleopatra bathed in this area and archaeological discoveries determined that there are remains of a palace used by Cleopatra on the hill opposite her bathing area.