Finding Europe in Montazah Gardens, Alexandria

I found Europe in Montazah Gardens Alexandria. Well, almost. Over the years Montaza Gardens’ enormous 370-acre landscape has slowly deteriorated with a lack of maintenance in some areas. Even so, most of the gardens are still as beautiful as it must have been when the royal families of Egypt spent the summer vacation there, King Farouk being the last monarch of the country.

The palace that was built at the edge of Montazah Gardens, built in 1892, is now a hotel called El Salamlek Palace Hotel that sits on the beach and overlooks the Mediterranean. Sadly my stay at the hotel was before I had a digital camera, otherwise, I would have gladly shared the beautiful high ceilings, the large spacious rooms, and the history oozing out of each and every corner.

The Montazah Gardens is a popular spot for couples to visit, as is any park in Egypt. The construction of the forests and gardens surrounding the palace always takes me by surprise, as I am not used to seeing so much greenery in this part of the world, and there is always something new to discover whenever I visit this part of Egypt.

The forests and tall trees in Montazah Gardens that almost block out the sun is something I thought I would only admire in Europe, not Egypt. Most of the trees at the time of my visit were heavily pregnant with delicious looking dates. Just listening to the trees rustling in the warm breeze brought me peace of mind.

Cars are permitted to enter the Montazah Gardens and there are several sites to park. I loved cruising around in the car, taking my time while spotting the perfect shot. At the time of writing the admission fee to enter with a car are 7 EGP and 7 EGP per person.

If you’re interested in architecture, there are many structures to admire around Montazah Gardens. I loved admiring this building and its different styled windows, including the arched windows.

There are many different types of trees to admire in the Montazah Gardens too. But it’s not just a park. There are many coffee shops and a McDonald’s in the grounds to rest and recharge.

I loved spotting this building with its gorgeous roofed tiles. Imagine the view from the attic!

Look at the roots of this tree! It’s quite incredible. There is also a clock tower which is easily spotted whilst entering the Montazah Gardens. It is said that King Farouk had requested the building of this clock tower so that at the strike of each hour a soldier would appear.

I also loved the style of this building with its symmetrical oval-shaped towers.

But what I loved admiring most was the trees that lead into the forest. The trees are everywhere creating a peaceful haven in a country that is quite the opposite.

Walking past the palace hotel, there is the iconic brownish-red bridge that leads you an island where there are beaches, coffee shops, a mosque, and chalets. On the opposite side, there is another hotel called the Helnan Palestine Hotel, a beautiful luxury hotel that overlooks the quiet bay. I have had many delicious lunches on the terrace overlooking the beach at the Palestine Hotel and can’t recommend it enough.

There is a yacht park in this part of town, with the Salamlek Palace Hotel quietly looming on the other side of the water.

I loved how calculatedly the trees were planted, leaving a path to walk in between the trees.

What I love most when visiting the Montazah Gardens is the notion that I’m walking in the footsteps of history. It’s a great place to spend the day with many activities for the entire family, from quiet reflections, photo walks, swimming or tanning on the beaches, to picnicking, taking the children to the (albeit run-down) playground, or relaxing at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops.

What I really appreciate is the fact that Montazah Gardens it’s not just a place for the elite like long ago during the royal reign. Those on a tight budget can enjoy the gardens too, only having to pay the admission fee and not having to pay another pound whilst they walk around the gardens, have a picnic on the grass, and sit on the many benches.

Montazah Gardens
Al Montazah,
Alexandria

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