Marsa Matrouh is a seaport and the capital of Matrouh Governorate in the north-west of Egypt. It locates about 290km to the south of Alexandria City and can be easily reached by plane through Matouh International Airport or Burg El Arab Airport in Alexandria. Its name in the Ptolemaic Period was Paraitonion and in the Roman times was Paraetonium. As a city blessed with all aspects of modernity, Matrouh has a wide range of commercial centers, diving schools, summer clubs and incredible tourist attractions. Shopping is one of the preferable activities for tourists in Marsa Matrouh.
It is regarded as a trade center for the nomads of the Western Desert where they can sell their handmade works, poultry and cattles. There is a large number of bazaars displaying souvenirs and items from Egypt and Libya alike at good prices and high quality. Marsa Matrouh is distinguished by its white sand beaches and magnificent unspoilt scenery that attracts visitors whether Locals or foreigner especially in summer. In addition to beaches and natural beauty, Matrouh encloses a number of monumental places that date back to the Roman and Greek periods and some museums including Romel Museum.
On Matruh lands, one can enjoy visiting natural protectorates like Ameed Natural Protectorate that encloses a marvelous collection of animals like deer and reptiles and other rare species of animals and birds.