10 Places To Visit In Egypt
Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. From its beautiful coastline to the city of Cairo which for thousands of years has been a focal point for Egyptians.
And today, it’s a tourist hotspot with millions of people taking in the pyramids every year. But whilst they are an important part of Egyptian culture and history, there is more to Egypt than pyramids.
We run down 10 must-visit places to visit in Egypt…
The White Desert
The White Desert is like nowhere else on earth, mainly in part due to it looking like the moon. Filled with obscure chalk formations, the snow-white coloured desert is a hotspot for campers and a beautiful location to sit under the stars away from the hustle and bustle of the likes of Cairo.
Located in the Western Desert of Egypt, group trips and tours are offered from Bahariya and is well worth a trip, for those you don’t mind a sleeping back and roll mat anyway.
The city of Luxor is one of the most visited ancient Egyptian settlements in the country and has not only welcomed thousands of tourists but inspired a hotel of the same name on the Las Vegas Strip.
Often affectionately referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum, the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens have become famed for the discovery of Tutankhamun, whilst the ancient city has a wealth of monuments and statues that have survived thousands of years.
The largest city in the Middle-East, Cairo is a treasure trove of activity with plenty of nods to ancient Egypt and half a foot in the future.
The Egyptian Museum perhaps has the finest collection of ancient artefacts on the planet and sits in the heart of Downtown Cairo. You’ll find all sorts going on in Cairo, with things of interest on every corner. One area where people come together is at Khan el-Khalili, a souk which dates back to 970 AD.
You’ll find all sorts of trinkets in the souk and souvenirs, not least of the Giza Necropolis which lies just a short drive to the west of the city.
Perhaps the most iconic image in Egypt, and most certainly the front of every postcard picture, the Giza Necropolis is a group of ancient monuments with three complexes of pyramids and of course the Great Sphinx.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is a truly mesmerizing sight, and was the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years. Standing at 756ft tall it stands colossally in the desert and is the must see thing in the whole of Egypt.
Officially known as Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley is another famous stretch of desert with plenty of stories to tell.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the valley is renowned for the high numbers of fossils in the region, most notably of whales. Off the beaten track slightly, few tourists venture out to the valley, around 150km from Cairo, but groups can camp out in the winter months and be at one with nature.
A far cry from Whale Valley, and a few hundred miles to boot, Sharm El-Sheikh is a major tourist hotspot and littered with luxury resorts right across the coastal city.
A place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the soaring temperatures, Sharm El-Sheikh holidays are perfect for honeymooning, a week away, or even retirement. There are plenty of shops to drag you away from the beaches, and as you would expect with a resort town, fine dining is a given.
The Siwa Oasis is a truly unique destination. One of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, the oasis lies just 30 miles east of the Libyan border and is so isolated from the rest of the country is has even developed its own language.
The settlement celebrates numerous festivals throughout the year and the ruins of Amon and the Temple of the Oracle of Amon are the main points of call for any tourist visiting the oasis.
If the hustle and bustle of Cairo is too much, then a visit to Egypt’s second city, Alexandria may be more up your street. Not welcoming nearly as many tourists as the capital, Alexandria has a wealth of things to do, which is unsurprising with it once being the second most powerful city of the ancient world behind Rome.
Today, it’s mostly a summer resort and has many beaches to soak up the sun on along with museum’s highlighting the city’s fascinating past.
Another tourist hotspot, Hurghada was just a small fishing village until the 1980s and has slowly become one of the biggest coastal resorts along the Red Sea. A hit with watersport enthusiasts, the calm seas welcome thousands onto the open waters to snorkel, scuba dive, and sail, whilst Al-Qusayr, just a short trip down the coast, offers some ancient history, which really must be discovered wherever you visit in Egypt.
For those wanting a lively evening, the El Gouna area combines luxury stays with a wide range of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and even has several casinos.
Heading further south, on the banks of Lake Nasser, the Abu Simbel temples have stood proudly since around 1244 BC. Carved out in the mountains during the reign of Ramesses II, the temple is truly astonishing, and interestingly in the Small Temple, two statues of the king and queen are the only instances of Egyptian art in which both have equal size.
There are a range of exquisite hotels nearby with stunning views of the lake, and it’s the perfect place to experience luxury and some of Egypt’s most spectacular ancient ruins.