As the second largest city ion Egypt you would expect it to be inundated with tourists. However, it is much more popular with the Egyptians and the hotels and attractions are aimed at them. It boasts wide stretches of stunning beach and remarkable scenery. Although it is just over 200 km from Cairo it has a distinct feel to it that differs from the rest of Egypt. It is much more Mediterranean in flavour. It is certainly worth visiting for its unusual atmosphere. Fans of literature will associate this pretty town with the works of E.M. Forster and Greek poet Cavafy.