Egypt's second-largest city is often left off of travelers' itineraries, but we think Alexandria is worth a day's visit for the atmosphere alone. Located 110 mi/180 km northwest of Cairo, it has a relaxed, Mediterranean feel—more laid-back than Cairo and not as hot. Unfortunately, however, the city is not immune to unrest: protests and demonstrations can turn violent, and clashes sometimes occur between Muslim and Coptic Christian populations.
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