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Marsa Matruh

Is a Mediterranean seaport and the capital of the Matrouh Governorate in Egypt. It is 240 km (150 mi) 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 oases 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.  Mersa Matruh is a major Egyptian tourist resort and serves as a getaway resort for Europeans as well as Cairenes eager to flee the capital in the sweltering summer months. It is served by Mersa Matruh Airport. The city is known for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters; the bay is protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural breakwater, with a small opening to allow access for light vessels.

It started as a small fishing town during Ancient Egyptian times and the reign of Alexander The Great and was named Amunia. There are ruins of a temple of Rameses II (1200 BC). Mersa Matruh became known as Paraitonion in the Ptolemaic era. When Roman occupation came to Egypt, the town became an important harbor for trade and shipping goods and crops to Rome. It was named Paraetonium by the Romans. During World War II, the British Army’s Baggush Box was located to the east. Starting with the completion of an extension from the previous railhead at Fuka in February 1936, Mersa Matruh was the terminus for a single-track railway, which passed through El Alamein.

Marsa Matruh has a hot desert climate according to Köppen climate classification, but blowing winds from the Mediterranean Sea greatly moderate the temperatures, typical to the Egypt’s north coast, making its summers moderately hot and humid while its winters mild and moderately wet when sleet and hail are also common. Summers are sunny and dry, while in the colder months, mainly in winters, they are a little rainy and cloudy.  Marsa Matruh and Port Said have the coolest summer days of any other cities or resorts, although not significantly cooler than other northern coastal places, additionally Rafah, Alexandria, Abu Qir, Rosetta, Baltim, Kafr el-Dawwar and Marsa Matruh are the wettest in Egypt.The city becomes a destination for m illions of Egyptians and foreign tourists.

Good to Know

Visa Requirements
Egypt Entry Visa is required For entering Egypt including all Cities.
Languages spoken
Arabic, English
Currency used
Egyptian Pound (EGP), Unites States Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR)
Area (km2)
166.563 km2


The main sights are :  Ruins of the Temple of the King, Pharaoh Ramesses II (1200 BC) – Drowned city of Caesar – Drowned Palace of Cleopatra – Egyptian Fleet Anchorage which was built by the Ptolemies – The remains of the naval installations still stand west of the port – Coptic Chapel: built in the early Coptic age, it contains several caves bearing inscriptions – Rommel’s Hideout: A cave, hewn in the rock, where Rommel drew up plans of his military operations. It has now been turned into a military museum – The British Cemetery: Thousands upon thousands of rock-hewn tombstones stand in straight rows amidst a fenced garden – The German Cemetery: It is a fortress like memorial that was built on a height overlooking the sea – The Italian Cemetery: It is a high tower fort standing on a high hill. The walls of the building are covered with marble.

The main beaches are :  Ageebah Beach: About 28 km west of Marsa Matruh downtown, it is distinguished by its numerous natural cave – Al-Obayed Beach: About 20 km west of Marsa Matruh downtown – Rommel Bay – sessile Cleopatra Beach  – Gram Palm Beach – Turquoise Coast Bab – Al Bahr Beach – Mubarak Beach – Floater Lido Beach – Mina Hashish Beach – Greek flag beach – Beach Orchid Rumaila Beach

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