Rich in history and culture, Egypt was amongst the first civilizations centered around the Nile River, and has become a great tourist destination. The anticipation of actually experiencing the mythical pyramids and ancient empires are only part of the draw for visitors. The vastness of the Sahara and its unexpected havens of life contrasted with the translucent, peaceful Red Sea, create an unforgettable panorama of Egypt’s natural, awe-inspiring beauty that tourists must see to truly believe.
A Brief History
Having been ruled by infamous leaders like Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Cleopatra, the country has a wealth of historical significance and is the backdrop for some of the greatest history lessons of all time. Proud of its ancestry, Egypt’s people and places honor their leaders, their victories, and the lessons learned through the years.
When to Visit Egypt
With varying temperatures across the country, March through May and September through November are generally the most popular times to visit Egypt. However, depending on the destination within the country, winter is prime in cities like Luxor, but because of the sweltering climate in the summer months, June through August, most travellers choose to only visit the coasts during these months.
It is also important to be aware of religious holidays when planning a trip to Egypt. Since businesses rearrange their hours, and certain social establishments close completely, observing their holiday calendar is recommended.
Culture and Arts
In Egypt, Islam is more than a religion for most of its citizens, it is a way of life. With times posted in the local newspapers, the prayer ritual happens five times per day. Friday is the the Muslim holy day and all businesses are closed.
The cities in Egypt offer different cultural aspects for different people, including activities and landmarks. Egypt’s capitol of Cairo, like most tourist destinations in Egypt, has maintained its legendary authenticity while infusing newer, more Western elements into its culture. Regular festivals and fairs, live music and international film festivals, literary events and an active art industry ensure that a properly properly trip to Egypt would be enriching, entertaining, and memorable.
Popular destinations like the Sphinx, the Citadel, the Egyptian Museum, and the Giza Pyramids are easy to locate and are surrounded by shops, restaurants, and other local attractions.
Environment & Conservation
Abundant in natural minerals and resources, Egypt focuses on protecting these valuable assets by balancing their use and preventing pollution. With the rising population and increased tourism, the government has also mandated new regulations that will help clear the air and clean the water.
When visiting Egypt, traditional cuisine can be found in restaurants everywhere. With meals ranging from kebobs to ful medames, the flavorful foods have been served throughout the country for centuries. Meals are generally served with baladi, Egyptian bread, and falafel, a more recognizable dish for tourist originated in Egypt using seasoned fava beans.
From trendy restaurants to everyday cafes to roadside vendors, prices are generally reasonable and the chefs take pride in making sure the food is delicious and enjoyable.