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Marsa Matruh

Western Desert
Marsa Matruh
Type of Location
About Location


Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air are starting direct flights into Marsa Matruh as of next summer. The tour operator will offer holidays at a selection of hotels to suit all budgets.

By Bus

The West Delta Bus Station is the city's main transportation hub and is located on the town's main square. Buses plying the Marsa Matruh - Alexandria route leave three times daily at 7AM, 5PM and 10pm. Booking ahead is well advised.

By taxi

There is no official shared taxi service in Marsa Matruh, but sheruts leave from in front of Abdu's Restaurant (across from the Yousef Hotel) in the early evening. Confirming in advance is highly recommended. A conservative estimate of the price is around 20LE (but be prepared to pay more).

Key places to visit
The beaches, Libyan Souk (market)


Places to Visit

The beaches

Marsa Matruh lies on the edge of a large lagoon protected by a Corniche along which tourists are ferried in local donkey-drawn carriages known as caretta. Whilst the most beautiful beaches are located outside the town, it is advisable to stay within the built-up areas. Among the most amazing of the beaches is that of Agiba (28 km west) with its natural caves. On the edge of the desert, the place known as “Cleopatra’s bath” is a wonderful bay, its clear waters surrounded by rocks giving the impression of a vast, square pool in which, according to legend, Cleopatra came to bathe. The ruins of one of her palaces were uncovered on the hillside opposite the pool.

Libyan Souk (market)

Nowadays the market sells goods from Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Europe as well as local produce such as wool, olives, barley, sheep, dates and watermelons.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December