Fort Qaitbey
Fort Qaitbey
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by sea.
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  • Timothy H
    Tigard, Oregon75 contributions
    Historic site, quick tour, great time!
    We spent two days in Alexandria on a trip to Egypt and I am very glad we did, lots to see and do and we enjoyed our time. I really wanted to visit the site of the old lighthouse and we totally enjoyed exploring the Citadel of Qaitbay. We had a guide, which I think always helps appreciate and understand historical sites. We learned about how they used some of the old Lighthouse in the construction of the citadel, we learned about how it used to be a home for the King to come and stay, etc... It doesn't take long, I think we were there maybe a total of an hour. If you are in Alexandria, I certainly wouldn't miss seeing this!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 January 2023
  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, Illinois173 contributions
    Impressive structure with great views of the city and sea
    This simple but impressive fortress is situated in a great location for views of the Alexandria waterfront and of the Mediterranean Sea. You can enter the fortress and visit the upper level, but be prepared for somewhat step stairways. Stroll around the outer ramparts for great views by staking a stairway to the right of the main fortress entrance.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • ricshanshibly1986
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,312 contributions
    Alexandria Fort
    Quatbay Citadel located in Alexandria and close to Mediterranean Sea. It was built in 14 centuries and many renovations done Time to time. From fort citadel you can view beauty of Mediterranean Sea. Entrance fee is 60EGP
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • annmariez
    Portville, New York48 contributions
    HIstoric fort, beautiful setting
    Interesting old fort in a beautiful setting with multiple lovely views. It was a lot of fun to walk around and explore. There were more signs than at most historic attractions we saw in Egypt. We spent between 1-2 hours there, was glad that we didn't have to rush through.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia784 contributions
    Stunning setting and view back overlooking Alexandria.
    Impressive, historic fort but the setting is the stand out feature. As you walk along the thronging corniche you get to see the citadel from many different angles but it is definitely worth a visit, which we did on our tour with Reflections Travel, to see inside the fort and view Alexandria from a different perspective. Look out for the great mural on the street wall as you're leaving....worth a photo :)
    Visited February 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • anezreltub
    Ramsey, United Kingdom107 contributions
    Great Views
    Big queue for tickets as it was a public holiday, also couldn't park nearby so had a 5-6minute walk in the sunshine from where we were dropped off. Our guide had pre paid tickets and we spent about an hour wandering around. Great views of the sea. We took a boat trip too across the Med to the library and back..200egp each..about £5 Lots of market stalls selling shells, jewellery, ornaments etc. Weren't hassled as you past by unlike other parts of Egypt. We didn't buy anything as visited at the end of our holiday and had bought all our souvenirs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    Beautiful views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea!
    Getting tickets was pretty much hassle-free, and they accept cards. As for the fort itself, we were able to explore the entire fort at a relaxed pace. We were also able to see the surroundings also at a relaxed pace. The main entrance had a hole at the ceiling, and it turns out that's where defenders would pour boiling oil to potential invaders. That must have hurt! The view of the Mediterranean was unrivalled in Alexandria. The fort also had a large Egyptian flag at the top, pretty epic.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Getting tickets was pretty much hassle-free, and they accept cards. As for the fort itself, we were able to explore the entire fort at a relaxed pace. We were also able to see the surroundings also at a relaxed pace. The main entrance had a hole at the ceiling, and it turns out that's where defenders would pour boiling oil to potential invaders. That must have hurt!

The view of the Mediterranean was unrivalled in Alexandria. The fort also had a large Egyptian flag at the top, pretty epic.
Written 23 November 2023
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klutzWestBend
West Bend, WI687 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very amazing. If you are in Alexandria, it is a must to see. 'loved the scene of the fishing boats as we got near.
Written 1 November 2023
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Amr
Australia5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great site seeing in Alexandria , highly recommended for teens and families, citadel museum next door , and maritime museum as well, try to avoid locals who organises boat trips , there a local kiosks for souvenirs , you must bargain!!!!
Written 9 October 2023
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Wissam Abu hassan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates66 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
One of the most important places in Alexandria you have to visit and live this enjoy this experience. This amazing castle have 4 floors and too many rooms some of them had a small window for lighting and ventilation
Written 29 September 2023
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HappyHammer69
Port Macquarie, Australia937 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Once the site of the great lighthouse of Alexandria, all that is left now is the fort partly built from the stone of the lighthouse. Despite not being the lighthouse the fort is worth a visit in its own right with a commanding position over the ocean.
Written 18 August 2023
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anezreltub
Ramsey, UK107 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Big queue for tickets as it was a public holiday, also couldn't park nearby so had a 5-6minute walk in the sunshine from where we were dropped off.
Our guide had pre paid tickets and we spent about an hour wandering around. Great views of the sea. We took a boat trip too across the Med to the library and back..200egp each..about £5
Lots of market stalls selling shells, jewellery, ornaments etc. Weren't hassled as you past by unlike other parts of Egypt. We didn't buy anything as visited at the end of our holiday and had bought all our souvenirs.
Written 2 July 2023
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Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia784 contributions
Feb 2023
Impressive, historic fort but the setting is the stand out feature. As you walk along the thronging corniche you get to see the citadel from many different angles but it is definitely worth a visit, which we did on our tour with Reflections Travel, to see inside the fort and view Alexandria from a different perspective. Look out for the great mural on the street wall as you're leaving....worth a photo :)
Written 10 April 2023
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annmariez
Portville, NY48 contributions
Mar 2023
Interesting old fort in a beautiful setting with multiple lovely views. It was a lot of fun to walk around and explore. There were more signs than at most historic attractions we saw in Egypt. We spent between 1-2 hours there, was glad that we didn't have to rush through.
Written 20 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,312 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Quatbay Citadel located in Alexandria and close to Mediterranean Sea. It was built in 14 centuries and many renovations done Time to time. From fort citadel you can view beauty of Mediterranean Sea. Entrance fee is 60EGP
Written 18 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

World Prof
Buffalo Grove, IL173 contributions
Feb 2023
This simple but impressive fortress is situated in a great location for views of the Alexandria waterfront and of the Mediterranean Sea. You can enter the fortress and visit the upper level, but be prepared for somewhat step stairways. Stroll around the outer ramparts for great views by staking a stairway to the right of the main fortress entrance.
Written 26 February 2023
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