Egypt has been a country of fascination for many over the years. Home to one of the most powerful civilizations ever seen, it’s been attracting visitors to its shores for centuries, but particularly in the last couple of hundred years, due to the popularity of Egyptology in the Victorian era. This has continued into the modern-day, with most children being taught about the Egyptian mummies and gods in school.
As a result, visitors to Egypt primarily want to see the ancient tombs and architecture. But there’s also plenty of other places to visit on your Egyptian holiday where you can relax and unwind. Here, we share the must-visit spots so you can get the most out of your trip.
The Great Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and a visit to Egypt would not be complete without seeing them. These massive structures were built over 4,500 years ago and are a truly awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can even enter one of the pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and explore the ancient chambers inside.
It can get very hot on the exposed landscape around the pyramids, so time your visit wisely. Many people choose to go on a sunrise tour to both capture the magic of the pyramids in this soft light and avoid the searing heat.
No holiday would be complete without at least one visit to a beach, and Egypt has plenty on offer. Whether you simply want to sunbathe or are keen to try your hand at some watersports, Sharm el-Sheikh has something for everyone. Naama Bay is famous for being a great destination for families, with white sands, turquoise waters and plenty of amenities to keep everyone happy.
It’s also home to some of the best diving in the world, so if you’ve ever fancied getting under the waves, Naama Bay would be a great place to try. Expect to see sea grass, corals, a range of beautiful fish and even sea turtles. There are several dive schools where you can either join a group session or book a one-to-one – why not make it a family outing if you have older children?
Khan el-Khalili, Cairo
This captivating market is one of the oldest in Egypt, dating all the way back to 1382, so it’s well worth making the time to visit. Immerse yourself in Egyptian culture as you explore the sights and the sounds of the city, admiring everything from homewares, glass, accessories and antiques.
Don’t forget to haggle before you buy – it’s expected, so don’t worry about coming across as rude. Just make sure you leave room in your suitcase, as you’re unlikely to come away empty handed. Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy in the rest of this vibrant city.
Something for everyone
No matter whether you want to explore ancient wonders, get a suntan or soak up the culture of Egypt’s cities, kids and adults alike are sure to find something to keep them entertained. In fact, with so much to do and see, you’ll want to make sure you’ve made a list before you travel – why not use this blog to inspire your next visit?