Though Merce Matrukh has phenomenally grown and considers itself by the developed vacation spot, in the heart it remains the provincial small town which is filled with the Egyptian and Libyan vacationers in the summer. Beaches of the city consist of the separate sites, the best places are far from the city in a bay of Agiiba and on an adjoining beach Ubayad. Social norms here are conservative: more ladies carry яшмак, than шарна to the head, sermons are broadcast every day from mosques, not only on Fridays. Matrukh cannot present any imagination to the suitable boards declaring it by paradise for gedonist. The unique people who can think so are Libyans who come here since fanitsa have been again open. Egyptians move to other party, trying to find work in Libya, and guests from the West are usually more interested in getting to an oasis Siva or wish to be engaged in diving by the remains of times of the 2nd world war in Matrukh.
The network of low standard inhabited blocks contains eighty thousand people, the city stretches from the coast in the direction to a crest on which plates of a radar are placed. As Matrukh from silent fishing port has turned into the brisk capital of the Mediterranean administrative region, immigrants have directed here from all parts of Egypt, having caused in locals the mixed feelings.
Contrary to Merce Matrukh’s own appearance («The covered anchor parking») has long history. It is based by Alexander the Great on the way to Siva, and here Mark Antony and Cleopatra found consolations after defeat at the Action, from here their fleet has put to sea for the last fight against Octavian. During the Islamic era Matrukh was brisk trading port where went as well smuggling. Other its primary activity (during the Roman times) collecting sponges was originating. Divers came even from Tsikladsky islands, first the twentieth century extracted to 2 thousand a year. To extract sponges from a sea bottom on depth of 60-90 m they used a stone which helped them to plunge quicker, at the bottom they threw it. Collecting sponges has come to the end first the 1980th. At present cheap Chinese products on Libyani’s Bitches (The Libyan market) in the country and record cargo in 300 tons of the hashish, grasped by a coast guard, allow to present that smuggling and trade through border again prosper.
It is best of all to make 209-kilometre travel from Alexandria by the bus. The whole year the West Delta company sends each hour buses
(15-23 pounds), their quantity grows during the period from June to September at the expense of the Superjet company (7:15 and 16:00; 24 pounds) which also depart from the terminal Sidi Haber, a trip take about 3 hours. Both buses quicker and much better, than share taxis from Mukharrem Bey (12 pounds, 3 hours of 30 minutes). The unique trains from Alexandria – dirty cars of the third class which recruits on the way to the posts in Merce Matrukh or back use that borrows from 6 to 9 hours (3, the 50th pound).
It is possible to reach Matrukh directly from Cairo approximately in 6 hours by West Delta buses from Turgoman’s terminal (4 flights of times to day; 28-37 pounds). Order places in a day. The best time to sit down on sporadic working share taxi (20 pounds), – morning. They go from the areas Ahmed Helmi and Kulali, about the station Ramses, the way takes about 7 hours. Other option – to reach to Alexandria and to change on other share taxi. There are three trains with sleepers in a week from the station Ramses in Cairo (62 dollars) to Matrukh which depart at 23:00 and arrive at 6:00 the next morning, daily train also working only in the summer with conditioning which goes early in the afternoon. EgyptAir does flights every other day (1 hour; about 450 pounds one way).
The tourists, wishing to go to an oasis Siva without stopping in Matrukh, can or sit down on direct flights from Alexandria, or on departing of Cairo early in the afternoon the bus to Matrukh, and later on the day bus to Siva. Because Matrukh’s road service station is located far from the city centre, at you time will not examine a vicinity before again sitting down on the bus at 17:00.