To begin with, let’s clarify one thing: not for a moment do we tell you to miss the pyramids of Egypt. If you travel to Egypt and come back without seeing the pyramids, we will send you back right away. What we are trying to tell you is that there is so much more to see there than the pyramids. The many must-see hidden treasures of Egypt are often forgotten or simply neglected in the aura that the pyramids have poured out. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, don’t encourage turning the spotlight on something else.
You have 7000 years of fascinating history, heritage and culture to enjoy, and through this article we will take you on an unforgettable journey. Here, in no particular order, are 15 must-see places to visit in Egypt.
1 Pyramids of Giza
Number one on our list is, of course, the pyramids. When we said earlier that you can’t go to Egypt and miss the pyramids, we literally meant it. You will start to see the peaks that overlook the rooftops of Cairo long before you get there. The pyramids include the Great Pyramid of Giza, the smaller Pyramid of Chafre, the Middle Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Sphinx on the eastern side.
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Reaching Abu Simbel can be difficult, but nothing great can be achieved without effort, right? Having seen photos of the temple complex, you already know what an impressive sight it is. But you can only do him justice in person. The temple complex is carved directly into the rocky surface and the result is a colossal facade of statues of Ramses II 20 m high. step inside and let the interior amaze you just as much. The rooms are carved out of the rock, and the walls are covered with realistic statues, intricate bas-reliefs and impressive sculptures. You can visit Abu Simbel at any time of the year, but February 22 and October 22 attract the most people, because it is at this time that sunlight enters the inner sanctum of the temple and radiates the four statues inside.
3 Great Sphinx, one of the famous places to visit in Egypt
Yes, the Sphinx is part of the pyramid complex, but it deserves its own entrance. One of the most recognized monuments in the world, it means a lion lying with a human head. Unlike the pyramids, not much is known about its origin, and it is this secret that makes it more attractive.
4 Valley of the Kings and King Tutankhamun
The ancient Egyptians are known for building impressive tombs to prepare their kings for their journey to the next earth. Archaeological excavations have led to the discovery of 63 tombs and 23 halls in the valley in front of Thebes (today Luxor). The most famous of all is that of King Tutankhamun, whose intact remains and relics were discovered in 1922.
Luxor has earned the name of “the largest open-air museum in the world”. And you have to take a trip there to find out why it is one of the places to visit in Egypt. Spread over 247 hectares are two huge temple complexes -the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple. The Karnak Temple is the largest temple in the world. It was built over several generations and it actually consists of two large temples as well as a number of smaller ones. Unfortunately, the ruins are not well maintained, but we can still get a glimpse of the impressive structures. You won’t be able to see everything at once.
From Luxor, you can also cross the river to see the Valley of the Kings.
6 Nile Cruise, one of the popular places to visit in Egypt
A holiday in Egypt cannot be complete without a luxury cruise on the Nile. Glide along the river as Egypt reveals itself to you at every turn of the water. Cruise ships are equipped with all amenities, and a typical trip lasts about three nights. The idea is to travel at leisure, stopping at many of the most popular tourist sites. The most popular cruise is from Aswan to Luxor.
Although we have to ask you to definitely experience a luxury cruise, you can also go down the Nile on a traditional wooden sailboat or a felucca. There’s something inherently romantic about traveling the old-fashioned way. The rides include meals and you can get off at any place you like.
7 Red Sea Coast
Head to the Red Sea coast to spend a few days of idleness and pampering in the shallow depths of the sea. The waters are teeming with exotic marine life and magnificent corals. Pick up snorkeling and diving equipment and explore the invertebrate species and soft and hard corals in these tropical waters. If this seems like too much effort to you, you can simply throw on a beach towel and let the warm sun soothe you to sleep on the shore.
8 Mount Sinai
The dark, jagged mountains of Mount Sinai provide a spectacular backdrop for your next social media profile picture. There is something immensely humble about the austere beauty of these mountains. If you feel like a difficult hike, you can climb the peaks and suddenly find yourself in green valleys, which is worth it. If ancient mythology attracts you, then you would be interested to know that it is on the 2285m mountain of Sinai that God would have given Moses the 10 Commandments. It is one of the must-see hidden treasures of Egypt.
Few people make the trip to Saqqara (also known as Sakkara) because it is not as popular as Giza. However, it has excellent pyramids that you can go inside and explore. You will also realize that the souvenirs here are more abundant and more affordable than what you will find in Giza.
10 Egyptian Museum, one of the must-see places to visit in Egypt
Book a day for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It has the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. You can easily spend a day exploring more than 100,000 exhibits, some of which date back to 3500 BC. After spending a whole day, we assure you that you will not have seen all the exhibits.
Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and it has a lot to offer the discerning and passionate tourist. Although we have tried to capture so many must-see things, it is not possible to make a complete list. The best way to live the real Egyptian experience is to travel to the country and let yourself be carried away by the vast deserts, the gushing streams, the ancient monuments, the culture and the delicious cuisine.