Egypt has had a turbulent few years, but tourism is slowly but surely starting to pick up. Fortunately, that’s because the country is a beautiful vacation destination filled with historical treasures, beautiful coastal towns, and fantastic diving spots. In this travel blog, you can read about the most beautiful highlights of Egypt!
Tourists visiting Cairo come for the Egyptian National Museum and the Pyramids of Giza on the city’s outskirts. With its chaotic crowds (Cairo is home to about 20 million people), the Egyptian capital may not make an excellent first impression, but once you get past the crowds, you will find a city full of culture and charm. For example, be sure to visit Khan el-Khalili, the largest souk in the world. You can also visit the Museum of Islamic Art and the Egyptian National Museum, where you can see some of the country’s greatest historical treasures.
The historic district, located on the east bank of the Nile River, has more than 600 monuments dating from the 7th to the 20th centuries, scattered throughout the well-preserved city.
Luxor is located in the heart of Egypt. The Nile River divides the city into two parts. Luxor, also known as Thebes, was the capital of the Egyptian Empire. From here, the legendary Pharaohs would rule the country. Today, the city is a vast open-air museum with numerous ancient temples, tombs, and statues. The major attractions in Luxor include the Temple of Amun, the Temple of Ramses III, the Luxor Temple, and the Colossus of Memnon.
Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world and one of the hottest, driest, and sunniest cities on earth due to its desert climate.
3) Abu Simbel
The Temple of Abu Simbel was built on the orders of Ramses II, the greatest pharaoh of Egypt. After the Pyramids of Giza, it is Egypt’s most visited world heritage site. In 1817, the Italian explorer Giovanni Belzoni succeeded in freeing the temple from the sand and making it accessible again
The temple faces east, and twice a year, sunlight enters the temple of Ramses and precisely illuminates the four idols of the temple, occurring around February 21 and October 21. It is said that Rameses II had it built to celebrate his two greatest military victories.
4) Red Sea
The Red Sea is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the world for diving and snorkeling. The water here is very clear, and beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish can often be seen. Several nature reserves have been designated to protect this habitat, which is home to many endangered species. As a result, the chances of encountering sea turtles, dolphins, and whale sharks are pretty high in the beautiful underwater world of Egypt.
5) Sahara Desert
No visit to Egypt would be complete without visiting the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Desert is a vast expanse of nothing but sand as far as the eye can see. You can admire this unique sea of dry sand by foot, camel, quad bike, or car from Cairo, Luxor, and other places.
6) Valley of the Kings
On the outskirts of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings is the collective burial place of the pharaohs of the “New Kingdom period” (1550-1070 BC). They were buried in lavishly decorated tombs beneath the site during the New Kingdom period. The valley, wholly dug out of stone and rock, contains 63 tombs of pharaohs from this period. Despite being in a desolate canyon and the tombs being well hidden, most of them have been looted. Only a few remain, such as those of Tutankhamun, the famous pharaoh.
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