With thousands of years of history and civilization, Egypt also possesses stunning ancient and Pharaonic attractions, awesomely unique cultures and traditions, mouth-watering food, friendly locals and a range of unmissable activities. Those planning to visit Egypt will find a wide range of activities to choose from, whether you’re into exploring like a local or want to visit some of the more tourist-dense areas and attractions. Make sure your trip is one to remember with these top things to see and do whilst visiting Egypt.
#1. Start Your Day Right:
Traditional Egyptian food is a must for anybody visiting this country; food is a hugely important part of the culture, particularly when it comes to breakfast. Make sure that you start at least one day of your stay right with a traditional Egyptian breakfast complete with boiled or fried eggs, cheese with green peppers and tomatoes, traditional baladi bread, and the famous cooked fava beans (foul medames) and fava bean patties, known as tamaya. It’s the perfect start to a day filled with activities and exploring.
When it comes to lunch time, there is a wide variety of options to select from if you want to make sure that you’re getting an authentic taste of Egypt. Kushari is one of the most authentic and tasty lunch options to try consisting of rice, macaroni, and lentils in a tomato sauce with garlic vinegar, topped with a generous helping of fried onions and chickpeas.
#2. Ride a Camel:
Camel rides are often one of the main activities that most people will visualize when they think about Egypt tours. For those wishing to spend long periods of time visiting the desert and other very dry areas of this country, a camel ride can help you go for longer and see more.
The Pyramids of Giza are one of the biggest attractions in Egypt and a must-see for most visitors to the area. You can ride a camel through the desert all the way to the base of the Great Pyramid or enjoy a two-hour sunset or sunrise ride around the pyramids to get the best view. Many Egypt tours will offer camel rides as part of their package or an option extra.
#3. Visit a Traditional Bazaar:
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a souvenir shopping trip to one of the many traditional bazaars. If you’re visiting Cairo, be sure to spend some time at Khan el-Khalili, one of the most traditional bazaars in the city which is a major, unique attraction for both tourists and the locals alike.
Here, shoppers can find almost anything that they want, including a unique and stunning range of traditional souvenirs that certainly can’t be found in any other shop or market. Even if you’re not interested in spending your money, it’s certainly worth a visit for a memorable day out and glimpse into the Egyptian culture and traditions.
#4. Dive in the Red Sea:
If you are religious or even if you simply went to a Catholic school, you probably already know of the Red Sea due to its appearance in many holy books. However, it’s not just from a story in the Bible. Today, Egypt’s Red Sea is home to a wide range of perfect diving locations, such as Marsa Alam, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and Dahab where visitors can discover the rich ecosystem and other hidden beauties below.
#5. Climb Mount Sinai:
Another famous religious site, Mount Sinai is a must-see for any visitors to Egypt and the more adventurous types can also climb it’s 7,497ft to the summit. Those who prefer to stay at the ground can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the mountain.
If you can make the climb, then it’s certainly worth doing it – from the summit, you can enjoy stunning sunset and sunrise views that you’ll never forget. In addition, the hike to the top itself is a very pleasurable one, making it a wonderful adventure to tick off your bucket list.
#6. Cruise the Nile:
No visit to Egypt would be complete without spending some time on the famous River Nile. When the Nile is mentioned, you’ll often hear the famous phrase ‘Masr Hebat Al Nile’, which means that the Nile is a gift to Egypt. The country’s ancient civilization, agriculture, and trade prospects were all built and able to thrive and prosper due to the Nile.
Whether you’re planning a whole day in Cairo or visiting Aswan for an hour by river cruise, boat or a falouka, make sure that you spend some time on the Nile before you leave.
Which of these activities are you planning for your trip to Egypt? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.