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Best 5 Places to Visit in Egypt

Fri 23 Feb 2024 | 02:51 PM
Ahmed Emam

Egypt is a country located in North Africa that has a unique and distinct look compared to other places on the continent. If you're planning a visit to it, here are some top things to do:

1. Khan El-Khalili Bazaar:

This is an internationally renowned bazaar and a must-visit when you're in Egypt. The market is massive and has countless stalls, shops, and vendors selling everything from spices, jewelry, souvenirs, traditional clothing, carpets, and leather goods. You can wander through the winding alleys and explore the various shops and restaurants offering delicious local cuisine.

2. Saladin Citadel: 

This is a massive medieval fortress constructed in the 12th century by Saladin that overlooks the city of Cairo. It houses several mosques, including the famous Mohammed Ali Mosque. Visitors can tour the citadel and explore its many historical sites such as the Mamluk architecture, the interior courtyards, and the walls of the fortress. Tours are available in English, and visitors can book tickets in advance online.

3. Dahab:

 If you're looking for beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters with a dazzling turquoise blue color, then Dahab is a must-visit. The Dahab Blue Hole, also known as "The World's Most Dangerous Diving Site," is a famous attraction for divers who want to explore its 20-meter-deep sinkhole. You can also visit the Ras Abu Gallum nature reserve, which is a ping area with unique corals in the reefs and beautiful blue landscapes surrounding them. The best time to visit Dahab is between January and March when the weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 27 °C.

4. Valley of the Queens:

This is a famous site in the former ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, now Luxor in Upper Egypt. It's where pharaohs were buried in rock-cut tombs in the Theban Hills, hidden from plain view, for 500 years during the New Kingdom (1550 BC - 1069 BC). To date, 62 tombs have been excavated, with King Tut's tomb being the most famous, although not the most impressive. Note that not all tombs are open to the public, and some are on rotation.

5. Philae Temple:

 This temple is one of the best-preserved Ptolemaic temples in Egypt, along with the temples of Dendera and Edfu. It was primarily built during the Ptolemaic period with Isis as the primary deity of worship, although Osiris and Hathor were also honored. Additionally, Philae Temple was used as a church by Christians, and you can see carvings of Coptic Crosses inside the temple. If you're visiting Aswan, make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.