Egypt has long been a popular destination for culture, history and adventure. With so much to see here, planning your trip takes a little organization. You might want an action-packed getaway or more of a relaxing and luxurious experience. Regardless, be sure to do your research before you set off. To get you off to a good start, check out these five top sights to see in Egypt.
1 . Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is the site of two different temples both built by King Ramses II. Here you’ll find four huge statues of Ramses himself at the entrance of the main temple; a truly beautiful example of Egyptian art. These epic 20-metre statues stand dramatically against the cliffs. Below them are figures which depict Ramses’ family including his mother, children and his wife, Nefertari. The temple inside honors the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re.There are some impressive paintings here which depict the Battle of Kadesh, a famous victory for the king.
2. The White Desert
For a breathtaking spectacle to delight your eyes, be sure to take a trip to the White Desert. You’ll find this surreal place to the northeast of Farafra, approximately 20km away. The landscape consists of rock spires which rise from the ground; all glowing white in colour. This enchanting scene that stretches for miles looks rather supernatural. For a really special trip, arrive by sunrise or sunset. Come and explore the west side where the white chalk towers form a beautiful canyon.
3. Pyramids of Giza
A trip to Egypt is not complete without a visit to the Pyramids of Giza. These impressive tombs are the remnants of the Old Kingdom period, built around 4,500 years ago. In preparation for the afterlife, the people built these tombs which would sustain their godly existence in the next life. It was Pharaoh Khufu who was behind the first Giza pyramid project; his largest pyramid is now known as The Great Pyramid. Next to this mammoth 147-metre structure, are three smaller pyramids which were built for Khufu’s queens.
4. The Egyptian Museum
Museum enthusiasts won’t want to miss checking out the Egyptian Museum. Here you’ll find a wealth of beautiful relics left behind by the Pharaonic world. With over 120,000 artefacts you’ll learn everything that you need to know about the ancient reign of the Egyptians. Come and take a peek at King Tutankhamen’s wealth of treasures, along with sarcophagi, mummies and some amazing jewels and pottery.
5. South Sinai
What type of climate can I expect in Egypt? Well, in Egypt the winters are generally mild and occur between November and January. In the winter, temperatures on average include highs of around 18 degrees Celsius and lows of 10 degrees. The hottest months occur between June and August during the summer. It’s not unusual for temperatures to rise above 30 degrees Celsius during this time. To soak up the sun, beach lovers simply must head on down to the region of South Sinai. Visitors come here from all over to explore some of the best diving spots in the world.
When in Egypt be sure to try the Shawarma, (a seriously delicious street food made up of marinated beef or chicken). As with any trip, ensure to get some travel tips before you go. It can be handy to read up on the local customs, the safety of neighbourhoods and the best restaurants.
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