Egypt is a uniquely beautiful country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East. It is a historically rich country as it dates back to the time of pharaohs. With millennia-old monuments dotted around the country, a visit to Egypt promises to be an enriching one at that! There are so many reasons to visit this country, but to help you get a head start on your planning – we’ve put together this guide of the top attractions to see when visiting Egypt.
The Pyramids of Giza
Starting with the obvious, the Pyramids of Giza are a beautiful sight to behold! You’ve probably seen hundreds of photos of them but none do them justice when standing face to face with these towering masterpieces! They are truly majestic! The oldest pyramid, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is still standing and is considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”
Also located in Giza is the Great Sphinx. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture and is believed to have been built around 2520 BC. This beautiful limestone statue represents a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. The face of the Sphinx is believed to represent the Pharaoh Khafre
Also spelled Saqqara or Saccara, is an ancient burial ground serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. There have been three major discoveries made at Sakkara, including the tomb of a prime minister, a queen’s pyramid, and the tomb of the son of a dynasty-founding king.
Egyptian Museum of Cairo
With over 100 000 ancient artifacts on display, this museum has the largest number of antiquities on display in the world! If you love exploring relics and history, this is the place to go!
Khan al-Khalili Market
Situated in Cairo, the Khan al-Khalili is one of the Middle East’s largest markets and is filled with spices, perfumes, copper, and alabaster. If you enjoy trawling through markets and you have a keen eye for a good deal – then make your way down to the “Khan”. You won’t be disappointed!
A visit to Egypt would not be complete without a splash in the Red Sea. Famous for its biblical account of the crossing of the Israelites. The Red Sea holds more than just water – it holds ancient stories and historical memories.
The Nile River
Once you’ve made your way through all the land-based sightseeing, how about trying out a cruise down the Nile? You’ll be forced stop and soak in your surroundings as you cruise past lush jungles and arid deserts!
In the 1930’s, Alexandria was the place for Europeans to visit on vacation. Thus, this town is very different to rest of Egypt. The streets are lined with old European style buildings and flair. Albeit slightly run-down- this place is a must-visit.
Abu Simbel – Temple of Ramses II
Abu Simbel is the most famous temple of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari. It is one of the most iconic monuments in Egypt but it does take awhile to get there! Abu Simbel is situated 230 km west from Aswan and you must join a convoy of tourists if you wish to visit.
Located right on the bank of the Nile in the heart of the town of Luxor. This temple is impressive with its sphinx lined walkways and beautiful golden hue at night.
Located in Luxor, this temple is said to be one of the largest temples of its kind in the world. If you’re looking to get lost in a world of history and wonder- then this is the place for you!
Dahab is a town in Egypt famous for its superb windsurfing conditions! It is a laid-back, backpacker friendly town that boasts a casual vibe and awesome diving spots. Dahab is also home to the world’s most dangerous dive site, the Blue Hole.
Farafra is a small town just 40 km’s away from the well-known “White Desert”. Despite its small-town feeling- it is home to a forest, natural hot springs, and ruins of the ancient Qasr el Farafra. It’s definitely worth spending a few days here when touring Egypt.
This 2,285-meter high mountain is located near the city of Saint Catherine in the Sinai region. It is considered a holy site by the Abrahamic religions and believed to be the location of the biblical Mount Sinai mentioned throughout the Bible.
The Pyramids and the ancient temples have been attracting tourists to Egypt for thousands of years, and for good reason. Egypt is a cultural gem with ancient stories and beautiful history!
This all things Egypt article perfectly sums up the must see attractions this ancient land has to hold. I particularly like that the writer has brought the modern world into it with the mention of the shopping hot spot, Khan al-Khalili Market.