El Alamein

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El Alamein is a small town on the north coast of Egypt, on the railway line about sixty miles west of Alexandria; it is famous as the site of major battles between British and German forces during the Second World War.

Getting there

The most comfortable way to El Alamein is by air-conditioned train from Alexandria.

Famous visitors

Winston Churchill described El Alamein as having the best climate in the world.

Things to see

The Commonwealth War Cemetery at El Alamein is open during daylight hours, and staffed Saturday to Thursday 0730 to 1430. There are also German and Italian cemeteries, and a very substantial war museum.

Places to stay

The entire coast near El Alamein is covered by fancifully-laid-out villa complexes; eleven kilometres of it is the Porto Marina, which is regarded as an elite resort by Egyptian standards but reasonably affordable to Western travellers.