Egypt is internationally famous as a tourist spot because of its rich history and its interesting culture. For this reason, when you visit Egypt, you’ll be presented with so many options of cities to visit all around the country. In fact, most trips won’t feel long enough to see all you want to see. Well, while you might not see all, here are 4 places in Egypt you must not miss during your trip:
Luxor is considered to be the “world’s greatest open air museum” and it is home to some of the most interesting, biggest, and beautiful temples in all Egypt.
For centuries, when ancient Egypt ruled the region, Luxor –formerly known as Thebes– was considered to be the capital of the known world.
Some of the sights you must not miss are the Ramesseum, Goornah, Deir-el-Bahari, and Medinet Habu on the West bank; and Karnak and Luxor on the East bank.
Dedicate a few days to this city to enjoy the major temples and sights that will take you back to the glory days of ancient Egyptian history and architecture.
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh is a well-known port and resort town at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and it is one of the most popular destinations in the Arab world. Sharm is also very popular among divers since it is one of the most impressive diving spots in the world, and it is also popular among packaged holiday travelers. In fact, you can find cheap holidays to Sharm el Sheikh here.
On the other side, if you’re not into diving, a trip to the desert is just a “stone throw” away. Sharm has a great combination of desert and sea, which makes a very unique landscape not found in many places in this world.
Aswan is one of the furthermost southern, hottest, and driest cities in Egypt. But, don’t let this description rule it out of your trip because Aswan presents an environment that besides being hot and dry in nature, it is full of culture, Egyptian history, monuments, and a thriving market life.
Of the major touristic cities in Egypt, Aswan is, in my opinion, the one that still keeps a sense of slow pace and warmth that allows you to experience the city without much hassle and get a feel of how Egyptians truly live in their country.
Not to miss are Abu Simbel, the Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, and more.
Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is home to a variety of high profile and low profile sights that range from the historic to the cultural, social, and even revolutionary. Being the capital, Cairo is usually the arrival hub for many travelers that look to explore and experience the country of the Pharaohs, and from there, you head either north or south to enjoy your journey across the country, along the Nile river, and over the Sinai Peninsula.
Obviously, you should not miss the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. There are also more pyramids to visit, like the Stepped Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and more. In addition, the Egyptian Museum of Archaeology is a must see if you’re looking to get a closer glimpse into the life and death of Ancient Egypt and its people.
In addition to these 4 cities, Egypt has many more places to offer good history and culture, but with these four, you will get a good sense of what Egypt is.