| The Egyptian coastal resorts beside the Mediterranean Sea.|
One of the most popular areas for tourism development is Egypt's north coast, particularly between Alexandria and Marsa Matruh, and the region between Alexandria and Al-Alamein. Much of the new development is similar to the Ain Sukhna area on the Gulf of Suez, where village-like compounds are the common denominator.
It should be noted that the beach region of Egypt's mainland north coast does not really include the region east of Greater Alexandria. For the most part, Abu Qir, which is slightly east of Alexandria proper, but on the city's eastern edge, is the eastern end of Egypt's north coast beaches, due to the more marshy Delta coastline. Abu Qir has historical significance as the place were Admiral Nelson destroyed the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Today, although not a very good location for swimming, it is very notable for its many seafront restaurants, which serve delicious seafoods. Otherwise, the beaches extend to the west all the way to the Libyan border.
Much of this development revolves around local vacation retreats for Egyptians themselves, but there has and continues to be a growing attraction for foreign tourism to Alexandria. However, since the antiquity finds along the coast of Alexandria and the construction of the New Library of Alexandria (Bibliotcheca Alexandrina), together with much promotion, Alexandria is becoming much more popular among foreign tourists.
It is likely that the northern beaches will also benefit from these efforts. However, it must be remembered that many of the Red Sea beach visitors arrive in chartered tours arranged by large European travel agencies, and unless these companies decide to focus more attention on the North Coast, it will probably never be as popular as the Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh regions. Also, while the North Coast resorts may very well be more pleasant during the summer months, they do not enjoy the year round warmth of the more southerly locations.
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