Brief on the two lakes:
Lakes Mariout and Edku, two of Egypt's five wetland lakes in the Northern Mediterranean basin, are bodies of fresh, brackish, saline or hypersaline water that are vital to the inhabitants of Alexandria and its neighboring suburbs.
Lake Mariout covers an area of 50 sq km forming the southern border of the city of Alexandria. The local Arab Bedouin tribes and fishermen who live along the lakes' shores are famous for their authentic and unique cuisine, and the generations-old craftsmanship of the wooden Flouka sailing boats.
Ancient tombs and monasteries (Saint Mercury or Abu Sefein, Mar Girgis) surround the Lake Mariout area, as do the ruins of a Christian monastery from the 4th century called Mar Minas. Each monastery has its ambience and architectural features, as well as its locally crafted, harvested, and handmade products made by the residing nuns or monks.
Lake Edku is one of the northern coastal lakes in Egypt, located in the western part of the Delta Nile, situated only 30 km east of Alexandria. Connected to the Mediterranean by the Al-Madiyyah Channel, the lagoon is vital not only for its fish production, resting spot for migratory birds and as a hotspot for Egyptian flora conservation. Visitors can go birdwatching, take a boat ride on the traditional Flouka, or eat the plentiful seafood cuisine.