Fort QaitbeyCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- 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.
Open Everyday: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Preferred Everyday: 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
- 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.
- Sudoku Cafe
- Cook Door
- Talaat Pastry
- Bon Apetite
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80.55% of people who visit Alexandria include Fort Qaitbey in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
72% of people start their Fort Qaitbey visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Fort Qaitbey
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Qaitbey
Good place to spend some quality time with family. No hush-hush here so it is mostly empty. There is not much to see inside. You can sit outside and watch the waves hitting the walls. The sound of the waves is very satisfying. You can buy souvenirs from nearby shops but don't forget to negotiate if you are a tourist.
This historical structure is beautifully preserved beside the Mediterranean Sea. The ocean air is refreshing and so are the white bricks assembling this Citadel. We were also granted a free tour by a friendly security guard. Absolutely a must see!
I had a short visit as part of a tour one evening. Great for the history but be prepared to be assailed by hawkers selling trickets for tourists. Some items sold are not bad and are good value. The citadel has an "aquarium" charging 10 Egyptian pound for entry. The aquarium does not host a living thing and is a strange display of empty tanks - skip it. But the citadel and location of the ancient lighthouse is worth a visit.
A very nice place to visit. Calm and interesting. There could be more information about the place and we had to resort to google to help us learn about it. It is reasonably cheap to get in and there was no one hassling us either inside or out. Worth a visit if you are in Alexandria
I love it. A great location albeit a bit too touristy ! Love the restaurants there. Not much to see inside the citadel itself so it does not render itself to repeated visits. A cool place for photos though.