Egypt has always been one of the prime destinations for people wanting to enjoy ancient history, a beautiful and rich culture, and amazing places and people. However, it is still one of those destinations a lot of people end up dreaming about instead of actually going. Here are 7 reasons why everyone should consider visiting this beautiful country at least once in their lives.
Let’s address the obvious right away; Egypt is one of the best countries to visit if you’re into ancient cultures, history, and architecture. Egypt offers one of the most unique and richest cultural experiences you’ll find anywhere, and you’ll have a hard time finding somewhere with more historical landmarks per square meter in the world.
Whether it’s the Alexandria library or the temple at Luxor or the Valley of Kings, you’ll be spoilt for choice once you get there. And if you want to see as many landmarks as you can while exploring the natural beauty of one of the world’s most famous bodies of water, you can always book a Nile cruise whilst you are there.
Besides the historical attractions, Egypt’s particular landscape also has tons of things to offer. If that’s your first time around, then why not hop on a quad bike and ride up the dunes, or take a Camel ride across the Western Desert? Egypt is a land of many deserts and you could take your family on a Camel ride through some of the world’s most iconic deserts like the Blue Desert, the Sinai Desert or the Great Sand Sea. This is a great way to escape tourist activity and explore the country in its rawest form.
Egypt is more than just deserts; it has tons of beautiful beaches as well. The country counts miles and miles of some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll see anywhere, such as Cleopatra’s beach, Gharam beach, Hurghada beach and Agiba just to name a few. These beaches are also sought after by water sports lovers the world over, so if you’re a fan of deep blue waters, nice waves and beautiful golden soft sand beaches, Egypt is definitely the place for you.
If you love scuba diving, Egypt has some of the best diving spots in the world. The Red Sea in particular is full of corals and exotic fishes. There are also tons of other diving opportunities like shipwrecks, drifts, pinnacles, walls, shore dives, liveaboards and day boats.
Apart from its natural beauty and culture, Egypt’s nightlife is one of the most unique in the world. They often say that New York is the city that never sleeps, but in Cairo, it’s actually true. Shops are open at all times of the day and there’s always something to do. The streets are always full, which is another plus if you want to feel safer while exploring the city after dark. Whether you want to go for a bite at 1am, go clothes shopping at 3am or get some grocery at 5 in the morning, Egypt has you covered.
You cannot say you’ve had the full Egyptian experience until you’ve visited one of the country’s various souks. Khan al-Khalili is one of the largest souks in the country and a great place to shop for exotic perfumes, copper and silver pieces, alabaster and spices. But be ready to barter hard though; local merchants are experts at this sport and you could end up with a great deal if you know how to play your cards right.
The Egyptian people are known for their kindness and hospitality and you’ll definitely sense it once you get there. Egyptians are very proud of their country and will do everything to make you feel welcome and show you a good time. If you really want to get to know the local culture, get out of the tourist centers and interact with the people. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the most warm-hearted, kindest people you’ll ever meet, and who knows, maybe you’ll get the chance to enjoy a cup of Egyptian tea while you’re at it.
Egypt is a land of wonders and a must on any seasoned traveler’s list. So, if you haven’t gone already, it should definitely be at the top of the list of destinations for your next holiday.