Egypt Travel Guide
Besides being one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Egypt is also one of the oldest holiday destinations in the world, visited by early Greeks and Romans. A spectacular land that flares the imagination it is the place of kings and legends filled with wonders imposing temples, awesome monasteries and the magnificent Pyramids. The wealth of Egypt’s history and incredible architecture is matched only its stunning landscapes vast rivers, mountains, deserts and oases. Egypt has much to offer its visitors; beyond the Pharaohs, camels and magic carpets there are endless opportunities for recreation. The Red Sea has some of the very best Scuba diving and snorkelling in the world. The Mediterranean coastline has wonderful beaches and excellent watersports and the nightlife is amongst the wildest and most sophisticated in Africa.
For over 1000 years, Cairo has been Egypt’s cultural and commercial heart and therefore offers a taste of both the ancient and the modern. Chaotic, colourful and traffic-choked, it is a city of contradictions where Pharaonic buildings and mud brick housing estates sit next to towering office blocks and where donkeys compete for road space with Toyotas. The medieval quarter (Islamic Cairo) with it's rich heritage and wonderful architecture, including the Tulun Mosque, the Citadel and the Mausoleum of Iman ash-Shafi, is the most densely populated area in the Middle East whilst the Roman Fortress town of Coptic Cairo pre-dates it's Islamic neighbour by several hundred years. Giza, on the west bank of the Nile is, of course, the reason that most people come here. This 11mile stretch of pure magic is home to the Great Pyramids and their guardian, the iconic Sphinx. Egypt’s other main tourist spot is Alexandria. Built by the great Macedonian himself on the site of a fishing village, it is home to the only Roman amphitheatre to be built in Egypt as well as the largest known burial site - the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuggafa with a capacity for over 300 corpses.
Egypt holds many mysteries for the discerning traveller and has a dreamlike, otherworldly quality. It is the people however, who create the most magical aspect of this country as Egyptians easily rank amongst the most hospitable people in Africa. The summer heat can prove unbearable so it is advisable to visit during the cooler months. For whatever reason you visit Egypt, be it adventure, culture, scuba diving, enlightenment or plain old fashioned curiosity you are guaranteed a perfectly unforgettable experience.
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