Mersa Matrouh lies 290 km. west of Alexandria and 222 km. from
Sallum. The distance from Cairo to Matrouh is 524 km. It lies on
a bay on the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its seven km.
long beach, which-as all visitors have testified-is one of the
most beautiful in the world.
The beach is famous for its white soft sands and calm
transparent waters, for the bay is protected from the high seas
by a series of rocks forming a natural wave-breaker, with a
small opening to allow light vessels in.
This beach dates back to the days of Alexander, the Macedonian,
when it was known as "Paraetonium" and also as "Amunia". It said
that Alexander the Great stopped there during his historical
expedition to pay tribute, and sacrifice, to the god Amun, at
Siwa, so that he becomes Amun's son and his rule be a historical
continuation of the pharaohs. There are ruins of a temple from
the time of Rameses II (1200 B.C.) in Matrouh.
Most important places / beaches for visit
A cave, hewn in the rock, where Rommel drew up plans of his
military operations. It has now been turned into a military
About 28 km. west of Mersa Matrouh, it is distinguished by its
numerous natural caves and enchanting scenery.
About 20 km. west of Mersa Matrouh beauty surpasses that of
Mersa Matrouh beach.