Egypt, located in northeast Africa and southwest Asia, is a transcontinental country that shares a land border by Israel and Gaza Strip, Sudan and Libya. It also shares a maritime border with the Red Seas and the Mediterranean.
Egypt is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide well known as being the location of ancient Egyptian civilization. It is home to many of the civilization’s temples, pyramids, mummies and hieroglyphs. However, not many know that Egypt also has a medieval heritage that brings numerous ancient churches, monasteries and mosques to its landscape.
There are many famous tourist attractions in Egypt from millennia-old monuments to coastal areas of the Sinai Peninsula. So when planning a holiday in Egypt, travellers are often spoilt for choices on where to go, what to see and what to do while in the country. Here are just a few of the more popular tourist spots in Egypt that should not be missed:
Cairo – The largest city in Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is a vast city with ancient origins but with a colourful modern society. Some of the top tourist sites in Cairo include the Egyptian Museum, the Khan el-Khalili, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and of course the ever-popular Giza Necropolis. It is said that the best time to visit Cairo would be during the Egyptian winter that starts from November and end in March.
Sharm El-Sheikh – Commonly referred to as just “Sharm”, this city is a popular port and resort town located just at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula. Many travellers, particularly diving enthusiasts, flock to Sharm El-Sheikh for its numerous beaches and excellent diving spots. Popular tourist spots in Sharm El-Sheikh include Naama Bay, Mount Sinai, Ras Muhammad National Park, the Nabq Protected Area and Tiran Island.
Hurghada – Located along the Red Sea coast of Egypt, Hurghada is a popular resort town famous for its numerous beaches. It is considered to be one of the most visited tourist destinations in Egypt. It is particularly popular among scuba divers – expert or beginner – thanks to several excellent diving spots in the region with rich marine life and underwater reefs. Some of the top points of interest in Hurghada include the Red Sea Aquarium, Marine Biology Museum, Jungle Aqua Park, Anfish Mountain and the Shadwan Island.
Luxor – Located in southern Egypt, Luxor is home to the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. It is often referred to as the “world’s greatest open air museum” thanks to the number of historical artefacts, landmarks and monuments that is found in the city including the ruins of the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes situated within the modern city. Some of the more popular historical sites include Kamak, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Deir el-Bahari.
Alexandria – The country’s second largest city, Alexandria is also the largest seaport in Egypt. It is home of many cultural sites and historical attractions. Some of these sites and attractions include the Montaza Palace, Citadel of Qaitbay, Library of Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandria and the Alexandria Museum.
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