With more temples, tombs and other truly mind-blowing monuments and artefacts littering the landscape with clues to its ancient origins, Egypt is one of the most important countries in the world for archaeological finds and knowledge. Every visitor is bound to be impressed and enthralled by the vast array of incredible sights; the Valley of the Kings, the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and Tutankhamun’s tomb are just a few examples of the treasures in store. With swarms of guides, tours and other informative activities taking place around and in the sites every day of the year, you’ll never have to fear a boring site visit.
While not your first image called to mind when visitors imagine Egypt, it is worth noting that the beach life here is one of the best around. Seas which teem with life and hundreds of varieties of fascinating fish, just waiting for divers to discover them. Beaches with miles of hot white sand begging to be lain on. A whirl of colour and life in dizzying vibrancy just calling out to be photographed. The beauty and serenity of these shores are not to be missed.
It isn’t just the culture of ancient Egyptians that visitors will have the opportunity to explore and learn about on their trip to Egypt but also modern ones. The country is home to the Berbers or Imazighen, a still-resident community of indigenous desert communities whose ancestors were the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. Although the Berbers live in scattered communities across a number of African countries, there are distinctive elements of Berber culture in daily aspects of Egyptian life which help to give it its signature appeal, from its food to its crafts.
Traditional dances taking place around campfires, rides atop camels, feasts of falafel and skies so peppered with the unpolluted light of stars it’s almost blinding, the deserts of Egypt are something that everyone should experience. With a host of tour options available from day treks to overnight camping in luxurious tents, visitors are bound to find a desert experience to suit them.
One of its major attractions, and rightly so, the Egyptian Nile is a magnificent sight to behold. Considered to be the heart of the country, the Nile is the source of Egypt’s fertility, food supplies, tourism and even electricity. So whether you want to walk its banks and soak up the atmosphere of Egyptian life, enjoy its scenic shores or embark on a relaxing cruise on its gentle waters, the Nile is definitely a bucket-list item for those travelling to Egypt.
For a real taste of Egyptian cuisine, visitors can do no better than Koshari, the country’s national dish. Originally made in the 19th century, the delectable delicacy consists of rice and lentils mixed together with a spiced tomato sauce, garlic, vinegar, chickpeas and fried onion, with optional toppings. This makes for a wonderfully healthy, tasty and light dish which is perfectly suited to the high Egyptian temperatures and vibrant personality of its society.
The most iconic of Egypt’s many world-renowned landmarks, the Pyramids of Giza are almost 4000 years old. One of the few remaining ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the size, shape and purpose of the pyramids left archaeologists and historians puzzling for decades. It is only in recent times, in fact, that it has been suggested that the Pyramids were built as part of the royal burial rites of Pharaohs. Many conspiracy theories surround these ancient monuments from alien architects being the cause behind them to the structures being sources of magic, and it’s not hard to see why.
Although Egypt does experience a typically warm and sunny climate all-year-round, there are a number of other considerations to take into account when deciding on the best time to go. Peak tourist season for example is generally between the start of December and the end of January, so those looking to avoid the crowds should consider alternative months. However, visitors interested in desert treks or in visiting tombs and other attractions located in desert regions should consider that during the day in summer, the heat will be intense but that during the winter, the nights will be chilly.The best time to visit for both low crowds, and good weather for desert activities is spring, which is usually between mid-March and June.
You will not need a visa to enter Egypt if you are a British citizen, unless you are planning a holiday lasting more than 90 days. For the latest information on travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).
In Egypt, the language spoken is Arabic.