5 interesting places to visit in Egypt this year
Egyptian lands are filled with majestic giant monuments that are several thousand years old, and Cairo, with its 20 million inhabitants, certainly has a lot of unique attractions and tourist attractions to offer to the tourist. This article does not provide a standard list of beautiful and majestic pyramids. Instead, below are 5 interesting places to visit in Egypt according to local and professional guides.
The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
No trip to Egypt is complete without a visit to the pyramids of Giza. While there are more than 120 pyramids in the land of the pharaohs, those located around the necropolis on the Giza plateau are the largest, almost the oldest, and certainly the most perfect. It is possible to ride camels around the pyramids. It is best to come with a local guide who will show you the most interesting things.
Despite the fact that the famous Sphinx technically belongs to the same complex, to get close to it, you have to go down into the valley a little bit. Naturally, this should not deter you from visiting this ancient monument. Every evening there is a light and sound show that you can enjoy.
Valley of the Kings
There are two reasons why so much is known about ancient Egypt: the dry and decay-inhibiting Egyptian climate and the elaborate burial practices of the pharaohs. You may have heard of Tutankhamun and Ramses II, but they were certainly not the only pharaohs from the so-called New Kingdom. Although they all had something in common: they were buried in the Valley of the Kings.
Although the tombs have all been looted to some extent, and some have not even been finished, you really shouldn't miss the opportunity to go deep into the mines and make history.
Some of the frescoes are so distinct that it is almost impossible to believe that they are so ancient because of such vivid colors. It is worth inviting a local guide or at least reading a little about ancient Egyptian burial practices beforehand. The texts and images on the walls are quite complex, and your visit will be much more interesting if you get a general idea of what is going on in all the scenes.
Abu Simbel Rock Temples
Abu Simbel is one of the most inaccessible historical sites in Egypt. Ramses II built this place as a visual symbol of his power over the Nubians, and even more than 3,000 years later the view of Abu Simbel is breathtaking.
The large temple was erected to pay homage to Pharaoh Ramses II himself. Next to it is the smaller and less famous temple of Nefertari, the pharaoh's first wife. Both temples are rather plain inside. Simple frescoes and reliefs tell of the valor of Ramses. However, the rows of statues inside are quite impressive.
Probably one of the most remote places to visit in Egypt is the oasis of Siwa. It is quite difficult to get there. The oasis is not very popular in tourist itineraries, but it is worth the time spent.
Egypt has quite a few famous scuba diving hot spots on the Red Sea, such as Sharm el-Sheikh or Hurghada. Most of the resorts look very nice and are quite cheap. But whether you choose a luxury hotel or a simpler one, you'll have access to a rich and incredibly colorful trip around the Red Sea.
You can explore Egypt's temples and historic sites for a week and then spend another relaxing week sunbathing and snorkeling at the end of your Egyptian trip.