Sunday, October 2, 2022

5 things you absolutely must do in Egypt

A fascinating land rich in history and culture. But it is also a tourist destination where you can discover wonderful places and not miss the fun. Egypt has many things: desert country, dream beaches, big cities and small villages and priceless monuments.

See the pyramid and the sphinx

When Egypt is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind are the Pyramids of Giza, home to Cheops, Chefren and Menkaure, and the Sphinx. Over the centuries, these monuments on the outskirts of Cairo have become symbols of this part of Africa, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Behind it are some 4000 years old, the tombs of three pharaohs and a building that may have been a library in ancient times. Today they are the only ones of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing.

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Visit Abu Simbel

Another very important archaeological site linked to Ramses II is the Abu Simbel Monument in Aswan. It was built by order of the pharaoh and includes two different temples. In the largest one there is a statue of the pharaoh, whose face was illuminated by the first ray of the sun twice a year: on February 21 and October 21, the date of his coronation.

Today this phenomenon occurs in both cases, due to the construction of the Aswan Dam, the Abu Simbel River is being moved block by block, moving back 200 meters and 65 meters higher than its original position.

Alexandria Library

The charm of Alexandria lies in the fusion of ancient elements with modern and contemporary features. In addition to the waterfront, the catacombs and the underwater ruins, the city named after Alexander the Great, as well as the Library of Alexandria, are definitely worth a visit.

Based on the ideas and models of ancient libraries, today it occupies 70,000 square meters – spread over 11 floors – and houses up to 8 million books and books from all eras and from all over the world.

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Sharm el Sheikh

Not just history, Egypt is also one of the African destinations known for its seaside tourism. And the city that best defines Egypt’s nightlife capital is Sharm El Sheikh. At the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, its coastline is mostly rocky and rugged, and is dotted with small coves with golden sand. A wonderful thing you can do is Swim with dolphins Sharm el Sheikh, to do with your family or with anyone you are on holiday with, an experience that will remain forever thanks to the presence of these precious animals with which you spend your time.

Emerald Sea is just one of the many attractions in Sharm. Here, too, you can find many shisha-flavored places. But also visit the historic center, where you can discover the Monastery of Santa Caterina and many typical plantations of olive trees and vines.

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Take a cruise on the Nile

To combine history with relaxation, discovery and fun, many people – when they choose Egypt – take a small Nile cruise.

Sailing on the longest African river allows you to condense into a few days (usually three days) visiting some of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt – Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossus of Menom, Philae, Hatshepsut and Hatshepsut Karnak – also an experience of cruise par excellence between comfort and dinner.

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