Egypt is one of the most favorite countries for tourists to visit. Lonely Planet included Egypt on their list of 10 best countries to visit in 2022. Due to the coronavirus, the number of tourists visiting not only Egypt but other countries too decreased. Still, millions of tourists visit Egypt every year, the number is increasing and the tourist sector starting to rise again.
Together with Dubai and Jordan, Egypt is one of the top countries in the Middle East to see. Egypt is a destination you can visit all year round, it is a country with rich history, friendly and welcoming people, great food, lovely beaches, and much more. Let’s have a look in more detail at why is Egypt a great country to visit.
Egypt is known for the Red Sea and the beautiful beaches. A lot of tourists from all over the world, mostly Europeans come to Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, or Marsa Alam to enjoy relaxing all-inclusive holidays at the beach. Beaches here are so beautiful and can compete with many in the world. Hurghada’s beaches have mostly gradual entrances to the sea with soft sand. Sharm El Sheikh is great for snorkeling and diving and entrances to the sea are mostly from a pier.
The hotel complex has all you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Beach, pools, great food, friendly people, entertainment, and comfortable rooms are all you need. When choosing a hotel, is better to go for 5* hotels, alternatively 4*. We stayed at Albatros White Beach and Albatros Dana Beach in Hurghada. You can read my reviews about the hotels by clicking on the links.
If you are an experienced diver, Egypt is the right place for you. Many divers come to Egypt for diving as the Red Sea offers incredible underwater life with colorful fish, bright corals, and turtles and even you can dive to see some wrecks. The best place for diving or even snorkeling is Sharm El Sheikh.
Ancient Wonder of the World
Visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza is a must-see when you are in Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza is about 4 500 years old and is the most popular historical sight in Egypt. You can find it just outside of Cairo. It is recommended to go there with a guided tour organized through an agency.
To be so close to such incredible monuments made you think about how they were able to build them without machines. In any way, the Pyramid of Giza is an exceptional place with special energy. You can even go inside one pyramid. You should take care of steep stairs, but once you are inside, you will not regret it. Just to mention, it may not be good for claustrophobic people. You can read about my visit here.
Other Historical Sights
Not only the Great Pyramid of Giza, but Egypt as a land of Ancient civilization has many more historical sights and museums to visit. For Example Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Some of the artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is planned to be open at the end of 2022 and will be the biggest archeological museum in the world.
In Luxor, you can visit the biggest open-air museum called Karnak Temple. Other sights worth visiting are Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Abu Simbel, Temple of Hatshepsut, and many more.
Mount Sinai or also called Mount Moses is considered a holy site for Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. It is a place where Prophet Moses received commandments from God.
To experience Medieval Egypt, you should visit the old Cairo, specifically Moez Street and Khan el Khalili. Moez Street is one of the oldest streets in Cairo. You can see and visit many historical buildings and mosques there.
Khan el Khalili is a well know souk or so-called bazaar. It is a very busy place, especially during the evening, but also has a special atmosphere. Here you can buy your souvenirs to take back home. And trust me, the choices here are wide. In this area of Cairo, you should be extra careful with your belongings as there are big crowds of people and pickpocketing is happening here like everywhere else in the world.
One reason Egypt is a great country to visit is its natural treatments. There are hot springs there to help people with respiratory diseases, bones, kidneys, skin problems, and more. Mad and sand massages help with skin and physical injuries. Shortly, Egypt is a country for those who are seeking physical and spiritual cleansing.
A Nile Cruise
The Nile is the longest river in the world, with a length of 6 695 km, you can enjoy lovely cruises, for example, cruising from Luxor to Aswan. You will sail on luxury cruises where alongside you can see many historical sights. The cruises usually stop at the places, so you can go and see them from inside.
Going to the desert in Egypt is a special experience. There are many trips organized by the official agencies, some of them can be bought from your hotel resort when you are on your beach holiday. They can have different activities like camel riding, and quad biking and some can even organize camping in the desert during the night.
Food for Egyptian people is very important. They love to cook and they love to eat. Moreover, the food is there during happiness, sadness, or struggle. Egyptian cuisine is very delicious. You must try the national food like koshary, which is rice, pasta, lentils, chick peace, and fried onion mixed together with their spices. Their mixed grill is amazing. And let me not forget about their sweets. They are like from heaven, baklava, kunafa, basbosa, om ali, and many more.
Let’s face it. Egypt is a very cheap destination for tourists. The amount you pay for your all-inclusive holiday at the beach is incomparable with other destinations. Taxis are a very common way of transportation as they cost you a few dollars. Buying souvenirs is also not expensive as when you shop on souks, you are expected to haggle the price.
Last, but not least is the warm hospitality of the Egyptian people. They are very friendly, and keen to talk, help and hear about your country and culture.
Is Egypt a great country to visit? Yes, it is, and here are all the reasons why. Therefore when you are thinking about where to go next for your holiday, think about Egypt. So much to see and do for everyone, whether you are a beach lover, diver, fan of history and archeology, or just would like to cruise and see amazing monuments. You can find it all in Egypt.