Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria

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  • Address: Alexandria, Egypt
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 15 EGP
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Fort
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About Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria

Have a sneak-peek into Egyptian history and architecture beyond the mighty pyramids when you visit the Citadel of Qaitbay. It is a 215th century defensive fortress that is built on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria. It was built on the location of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, that was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century. In 1952, the Citadel was converted into a Maritime Museum. It is open for visitors daily until 4 p.m. Don’t miss visiting the adjoining aquarium that has exhibits of fossilized marine animals and fish.

Fort Qaitbey Information

  • The tour guides around the fort can be quite a menace in their persistence to get you to hire them. If you prefer a guide, look for one with credentials and language skills.

How To reach Fort Qaitbey by Public Transport

  • From Midan Ramla, it’s a 30 to 45 minute walk along the Corniche. Otherwise, take yellow tram 15 from Midan Ramla or flag down any of the microbuses barrelling along the Corniche. A taxi should cost E£5.

Restaurants Near Fort Qaitbey

  • Sudoku Cafe
  • Cook Door
  • Talaat Pastry
  • Bon Apetite

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Things to Know Before Visiting Fort Qaitbey

  • 45.31% of people who visit Alexandria include Fort Qaitbey in their plan

  • 54.29% of people start their Fort Qaitbey visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Fort Qaitbey

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Qaitbey

People normally club together Anfushi Tombs and St Mark's Pro Cathedral while planning their visit to Fort Qaitbey.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria Reviews

  • Come here after sunrise for the best white sunlight for pictures. For those interested for a horse cart ride near this area: 1. Make sure that you deal the price (a) per head and (b) per hour. Don't let the driver offer only one and claim the other when you're done. 2. Keep track of the time you started the ride and show/tell it to the driver. Cheating drivers will set their own timer ahead of time. 3. Keep your calm if being cheated. If you can lecture them on honesty, please 😂.

  • Interesting citadel with good preservation. This was entirely dependent on rain water which is impressive. Many young people visiting. A long line of souvenir shops with pretty shells in the outside, and seafood restaurant nearby.

  • Incredible place! Absolutely loved walking around this gorgeous old citadel! Definitely a highlight in an extraordinary trip to Egypt. Follow up with a bite at the Yacht Club next door! Perfect afternoon :)

  • Beautiful place. Too hot thought in summers. Carry water before you go in.

  • People who admire photographeing historical places and buildings will enjoy their stay here, if you want to enjoy try to visit it early in the morning and stay away from weekends.

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