Just a few years ago, the home of the ancient pharaohs used to be a very populated destination for tourists from all over the world. However, recent events, especially political ones, have greatly affected tourism activity in Egypt. Even so, plenty of tourists overcome their fears and still go on holiday in the land of the Nile.
Let’s discover the 10 most important tourist attractions in Egypt where you can see a beautiful mix of culture, civilization, and adventure while having a great time with your family or friends.
The St. Catherine’s monastery is located at the bottom of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. Hidden within the desert, this monastery is one of the most beautiful temples in the world, featuring an amazing collections of religious paintings and manuscripts.
The visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery can not pass without a short trip to Mount Sinai, from where you can watch and be amazed by how beautiful the sunrise and sunset look like.
The white desert is Egypt’s strangest miracle, featuring surreal limestone and chalk formations, which look like a wonderful snowy area in the middle of the arid sand. The scene here seems to be taken from a science-fiction movie, and the white walls resemble an iceberg.
- The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is one of the world’s largest museums. It contains a fair share of Pharaohs treasures, and it’s definitely something worth checking out if you are in the Egyptian capital. The colorful pink mansion features an amazing number of exhibits. Although the museum might not be very well organized, what matters is that as soon as you walk here, you will feel the magic vibe of this place, which will teleport you back in history within an instant.
On the top floor you will discover the golden age of King Tutankhamun and the magnificent exhibits of royal mummies, and in the rooms you will find various pieces of ancient art and statues.
Alexandria is one of the most European cities in Egypt and has a unique history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria is the birthplace of Queen Cleopatra and one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean Sea for decades.
Although it retains only a few historical footprints from its glorious past, Alexandria guarantees you a wonderful journey through its famous cafes and charming markets.
Siwa Oasis is located in the west of the country, a haven surrounded by palm farms and many freshwater springs, and is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Western Sahara. The city is located around the ruins of a huge castle dominating the landscape. Siwa can always be a great place to plan your adventure in the Egyptian desert.
- The Islamic quarter in Cairo
The narrow alleys in the Islamic Quarter of Cairo are filled with mosques, Islamic schools and archaeological sites dating back to the Fatimid and Mamluk periods. Here you can find a labyrinth of bazaars and small craft shops selling textiles, spices and perfumes.
The most blissful and relaxing city in Egypt is Aswan, located on the winding curvature near the Nile River. Its sand dunes are orange, and many people believe that Aswan is the perfect place to stop and relax for a few days and enjoy a in the slightly cool atmosphere.
Take a boat and go along the river, walk through the streets of the colorful Nubian village, ride the camels to St. Simon’s Monastery or simply drink tea in a restaurant close to the river or even on the boat to enjoy the beautiful landscapes here.
In a country full of temples like Egypt, the Abu Simbel temple stands out as a special tourist attraction. We are talking about the great temple of Ramesses II, which is decorated with huge displays of statues and on the inside with an amazing series of murals.
Abu Simbel is famous for its megalithic properties, and was moved from its original place in a large-scale UNESCO operation in the 1960s that took over four years to complete, after the temple nearly collapsed.
- Karnak Temple in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings
Known for the Valley of the Kings and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Luxor city has a lot of interesting attractions. This is the antique Thebes, the place of the pharaoh kingdom.
Located on the eastern shore of the Nile, you will find the atmosphere in Luxor quieter, as the tourism industry here is largely based on visiting ancient monuments and temples. The Karnak Temple is also called the largest outdoor museum in the world.
We recommend you to spend at least two days in Luxor to explore the colorful tombs, especially the one of Tutankhamun, and the beautiful columns of the Luxor Temple, which has been a constant source of admiration for historians, archaeologists and tourists.
Another “survivor” of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are one of the most important landmarks of the planet. Built as tombs for the Pharaohs and under the guard of the mysterious Sphinx statue, the pyramids have impressed travelers throughout the times, leaving many historians and archaeologists in a state of confusion and unable so far to understand how the pyramids were built.