Places to Visit when in Egypt

A holiday in Egypt can be enthralling, cialis exciting and exhilarating. The country offers so many sites, attractions and experiences that a holiday may seem too short to enjoy them all. There is a saying that adventure in Egypt never ends. This definitely is true when holidaying in the land of the pyramids.

Here are some of the best places to visit when in Egypt that will give you a feel of the local history, culture and heritage.

Cairo Panoramic

A panoramic view of Cairo Tower, from the Nile

Cairo

The capital of Egypt is not only the largest city in Africa, but also in the Middle East. Lying on the banks of the Nile, a walk around the city can be charming, awe-inspiring and thrilling simultaneously. It is the perfect place to understand and find out more about Islam. As you walk along the cobbled streets in the old town, you will find it a bustling place. However, as you approach the street of Al-Muezz Al-Din, the crowd thins out and you will be able to see beautiful mausoleums and mosques. Be sure to visit the minaret of Al-Azhar Mosque to get a panoramic view of this beautiful city.

Once you enter the modern part of the city, you will be able to visit art galleries and music venues, such as the Cairo Opera House. Also visit the mediaeval Khan el-Khalili Bazaar in the city where you can haggle for perfumes, trinkets and spices. Be sure to rest for a while at the Fishawi’s Tea House here, which has been operational for more than 200 years. It is a perfect place for people-watching.

Pyramids of Giza

Coming to Egypt and not visiting the pyramids would be an incomplete holiday. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramids can be awe-inspiring. The sheer size of the pyramids will make you feel so small and infinitesimal. Be sure to visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops, which is the oldest and archaeological evidence show that was completed sometime in 26,000 BC. This pyramid stands at 136 metres and is made of nearly 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Close to this pyramid are three more smaller ones and a little further are a couple more. Of course, the Sphinx still stands guard at the entrance to the site.

SharmSquare

Sharm el-Sheikh Square shopping mall at White Knight Bay, on the Sinai Peninsula

Sharm El Sheikh

Located in Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is the perfect destination to enjoy some spectacular diving. This originally was a Bedouin fishing village, but with the influx of tourists from across the world, it has turned into a huge resort city.

Roman Theatre, Alexandria

The Roman Theatre in Alexandria Egypt

Alexandria

This is the second largest city in the country and located towards the north. Besides being a port, the city is a popular tourist destination for its French colonial ambience and Greek influence. It is home to the Roman Amphitheatre, which has beautiful mosaics. There is even an underwater museum worth checking out to see the displays of sunken relics belonging to Cleopatra.

The Camel Market in Birqash

While it is not a market where you can pick up souvenirs, but do visit it to see how traders and buyers haggle over camels. The market opens at 7 am and closes by 2 pm. The camels sold here are brought in from Sudan and are thoroughly checked by the buyers before making the purchase. This market is around 35 kilometres from Cairo, located at the edges of the Western Desert.

Egyptian Cuisine

The cuisine here is mouthwatering and delicious. However, very few know that is a melting pot of Lebanese, Turkish and Greek cuisines. People will find that Egyptian food is not too spicy, with bread and beans being a staple in practically all meals. The delicious grilled chicken and kofta, which are meatballs prepared from ground and spiced lamb, are too good to miss. Of course, Egyptians have a sweet tooth; therefore, be sure to try their desserts and then enjoy a cup of coffee to wash down all the delicious dishes.

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