After visiting the Montaza Palace at the eastern end of Alexandria's waterfront, we drove the length of the beautiful Corniche to reach the Qaitbay Citadel at the western end of "tourist Alexandria." The citadel is a fifteenth-century fortress constructed on the site of the Alexandria Lighthouse, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
The Citadel is one of those places where you will always run into local tourists, especially school children, and they will want to have their pictures taken with you and practice a bit of English.
Inside and out, the Citadel has been through a recent renovation leaving an interesting and clean tourist attraction. There is a model of the fort from long ago to show some parts that are now missing.
And a number of the views are quite photogenic.
Without a doubt, the fishermen along the water near the Citadel provide one of the most scenic and entertaining views. Don't be too quick to leave the area without walking along the waterfront.