A full list of everything to see during a visit to Egypt would have to assume that the traveller was going there for months rather than a week or two as there is simply so much to see. The magnificence of the structures you will discover can only be matched by the limitless questions raised as to how they were actually built in the first place. However, the man made destinations are not the entire story of what to see in Egypt, so here are five things that really must be experienced during a trip to this remarkable destination.
The Abu Simbel Temples
Built by Ramesses II, this historic site contains the magnificent Great Temple alongside a tiny village. What makes this site even more remarkable is that it was moved in the 1960s from its original site to avoid being lost to the flooding of Lake Nasser by the Aswan Dam.
The Temples of Luxor
Divided by the Nile, here you can visit the ancient capital of both the middle and the new pharaohs. The East Bank side contains the Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnac, while on the West bank the incredible Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens reveal to you their ancient splendour and magnificence.
Pyramids of Giza
Outside the city of Cairo are the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx which must surely top most people’s “to do” list for a holiday in Egypt. This is where Egyptian royalty constructed their imperious burial shrines with hundreds of “mastaba” alongside as the final resting place for relatives and favoured servants.
As well as being the obvious place to experience all the flavours of the Egyptian culture, the capital is also the home of the world famous Cairo Museum. Here you can view some of the most famous artefacts ever discovered from the ancient world. These include the contents from the tomb of Tutankhamun and the “cache” of mummies that were first discovered in the 1870s.
The Red Sea
The Red Sea can be as relaxing or as energetic as you want to make it. Whether you choose the ancient town of Hurghada or the purpose built tourist destination of Sharm el Sheikh, water sports, especially scuba diving and snorkelling, are the order of the day. Without doubt, the Red Sea offers some of the best scuba diving in the world due to the crystal clear waters that abound with coral reefs and all the marine life that they attract.
Egypt is a remarkable place with something to offer for everyone. From culture, architecture and history, to beaches, cruises and water sports, Egypt really is somewhere not to be missed.