It is no secret that Egypt is home to some of the world’s most incredible ancient treasures. And unsurprisingly, it’s often the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the Sphinx that are just some of the must-sees on a visitor’s wish list.
However, there are also numerous alternative tourist attractions that shouldn’t be overlooked. Read on to find some different options to pop on your itinerary…
1. The Siwa Oasis
Located in the vast and beautiful Sahara desert, the Siwa Oasis was culturally isolated from the rest of Egypt until late in the 19th century due to its remote location.
Presenting itself as everything you would expect from an oasis, it is abundant in freshwater springs, beautiful palm groves and ancient olive trees. A visit here will also allow you to see the incredible mud-built fortresses.
Berbers were the original settlers here, and their traditions and language still play a huge part in life today, which you’ll be able to observe on trips to this unique place.
2. Edfu and Kom Ombo
These two magnificent temples situated between Luxor and Aswan are well worth a visit on your travels. Towering over the Nile, Kom Ombo is a unique ‘double temple’ originally built in honour of two deities, Sobek, the crocodile god of fertility and Haroeris, the falcon god.
The majestic Edfu Temple is another must-see, and is said to have been where the god Horus, revenged the murder of his father Osiris. It is one of the best preserved temples and you’ll be able to see ancient inscriptions on the walls of the building, and learn all about its history.
3. Nubian village tour
Glimpse the life of an indigenous population who still live on the west bank of Aswan at the bottom of Elephantine Island. Booking an excursion here will introduce you to the hospitable Nubian people, who will allow you to experience their culture and cuisine. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready for music and toe-tapping.
4. Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Situated in Cairo, this bustling and energetic bazaar will allow you to sharpen up your haggling skills while you browse the colourful stalls for a bargain.
The market has its roots back in 1300 and has rich Arabian treasures waiting to be uncovered. Souvenirs, jewellery and antiques can all be purchased, and you can also pop your head into the traditional workshops that are still in operation.
After you’ve finished all that hard work shopping, treat yourself to some delicious street food or stop in one of the coffee houses for a delicious Arabic infusion.
5. Montazah Royal Gardens
Located in Alexandria, the Montazah Palace is situated in beautiful and extensive gardens on the shoreline.
The peaceful gardens offer a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and boast swimming pools where you can take a dip and cool off. The beautiful beach offers plenty of opportunity for relaxing walks and there are several amenities nearby such as shops, restaurants and coffee shops.