When people think of visiting Egypt, the first thing they think about is visiting the great Pyramids. That’s natural and only right. You can see it right from the airport transfer ride. But the problem is when people think that’s the only thing that people can do in this ancient and yet modern country. If you’re planning a visit, here are some must do things when in Egypt you really mustn’t miss.
So what else can you visit besides the Pyramids? If you’re traveling with your family, you can visit:
The Abu Simpel Temple
- The tombs of the mummies. For best results, make sure your kids have already seen the movie The Mummy so the kids can anticipate the return of the dreaded Imhotep.
- The Abu Simpel Temple. This is the famous temple built by Rameses II.
- The Karnak Temple. It’s a huge temple complex, and it’s very mysterious. At night, they have a Sound and Light Show.
- El Kanater. This is an island with several amusement parks, featuring Ferris wheels and bumper rides.
- Citadel Fortress. The courtyard and the high walls are memorable sights, and within the walls is the unforgettable Muhammad Ali Mosque.
- Cairo Tower. It resembles the Space Needle in Seattle, and the view from up top is fantastic.
For the more athletic, here are some activities that mustn’t be missed:
Cruises Of The Nile
- Donkey rides. You can start along the west bank at Gaza and ride through the Valley of the Kings.
- Diving. The most popular spots for divers include the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea Coast. On the Sinai Peninsula, the main diving centers are Sharm el-Sheikh and Ras Muhammad.
- Cruises of the Nile. You can ride on a felucca and to get to the Banana Islands, where you can enjoy an amazing sunset.
Egyptian cuisine is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Arabic dishes, with influences from Asia and Africa. You can try out:
- Tahini and hummus for lunch and dinner. The locals ground chickpeas and fava beans to produce these delicacies.
- Moussaka. This is a famous eggplant dish, in which white cheese is mixed in. But lots of veggie dishes are available, and they’re often served with rice.
- T’amiyaa. This is a combination of parsley, onions, and fava beans.
- Shish kebab. This is also another well-known dish, and it can be served in various ways. You can have them in skewers, with side dishes of pita bread, tomato salad, and tahini sauce. For the pita bread, dipping sauces include babaganoush, tahini, or hummus.
- Grilled pigeon. This is a delicacy in the country.
It doesn’t matter if you have the money or not for serious shopping in Egypt. Here, even window shopping can be a grand adventure. There’s a wide range of local goods available in Egyptian bazaars that you can’t get easily in Europe and the US. The jewelry, scarves and shawls, copper and brassware, and the carpets are all delightful, and so are the sellers.
- The Khan-al-Khalili Bazaar. This is always a top favorite, and it’s the best place for copperware and brassware.
- Aswan Market. Spices are great here, and so are the pieces of jewelry.
- Luxor. The silver jewelry here is topnotch.
- Dendera. This is where you should get your scarves and shawls.
Here in Egypt, you’ll never get bored. There’s always something to do and some place to see, and the ancient mystery of the region permeates wherever you go.