You probably first encountered Egypt at school when you learnt all about the pyramids, gods with dogs for heads and gruesome mummification methods! There’s no doubt that Ancient Egypt has long been considered one of the most important and interesting civilisations in history. Today, Egypt remains just as interesting as so many of the old structures and monuments still exist. Not only that but Egypt is rather special for other reasons; it has some incredible beaches, wildlife, cuisine and weather. So if you needed any more reason why Egypt should be your next holiday destination, take a look:
1. They’ve got the pyramids
Many flock to Egypt just for the pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the most well-known and is the only remaining survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a camel ride out to visit the pyramids close up and for those who don’t mind the dark, you can also go inside. Truly breath-taking, these old tombs will stay with you for the rest of your life.
2. Mount Sinai
This is indeed Mount Sinai of Biblical fame. According to the Bible and Christian faith this is where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.
3. There’s the Nile…
The Nile River is the longest river in the world and Egypt is very proud of that fact! The Nile provides some great days out; take a guided tour for the day to see the various river wildlife. You might even spot a crocodile…
4. The weather
Egypt is located in Northern Africa so as you can imagine, it gets very hot! The heat can get quite overbearing for holiday makers so be careful. Generally, Egypt is dry as it has a dessert climate but the north coast receives a bit more rainfall. It is best to visit from either April to October and October to November. During these months it’s still hot but you’ll skip the really hot moments. Remember to take care in the sun.
5. Glorious beaches
The Red Sea provides Egypt’s visitors with some amazing beaches. Not only are they postcard-perfect but they offer a whole host of water sport activities. Snorkelling is especially popular, as is diving, because of the incredible marine life.
Did you know there are over 100 wrecks lying in the Red Sea? Take a scuba diving course so you can experience a proper dive. It’s not just wrecks you’ll see but coral reefs, tropical marine life and even sting rays.
7. The Valley of the Kings
Probably the most famous venue for archaeologists and fans of ancient history, The Valley of the Kings is where the Egyptian pharaohs are buried. These tombs are simply stunning and depict moments of Egyptian mythology.
8. The Sphinx of Giza
Sphinxes are old mythological creatures who have the body of a lion and human head. The most famous are the sphinx who featured in Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex and this very special one in Egypt. The biggest monolith statue in the world, this reclining sphinx is thought to depict the Pharaoh Khafra and guard the pyramids (which were tombs.)
9. The people
The Egyptian people are known for their welcoming attitude and sense of humour. They are generally cheerful, honest and helpful towards tourists.
10. The food
Egyptian food isn’t that well known over in the UK but their cuisine is delicious. Expect big flavours, similar to that in the Middle East, and make sure you try koshary, sambousak, molokheya and kebabs. Vegetarians will be fine.
When you’re on holiday it’s good to have a mix of things to do. Egypt offers that. Some days you can sit and relax on the beach, others you can head into the busy markets and barter with local vendors, or take a boat trip, visit the museums – everything.
The city of Luxor is regarded to be the world’s largest open-air museum. It’s definitely worth taking a trip to see old ruins and the remains of some of truly fascinating old Ancient Egyptian temples.