5 Places in Egypt you can visit other than the Pyramids
When you think about Egypt the pyramids will probably come to mind first. Along with other iconic sights such as pharaohs, mummy and the River Nile.
Yet, there is so much more to see in this multi-faceted country, and you will find that there are a number of mind-blowing experiences that you won’t necessarily find in a guidebook.
In this post, we will introduce you to five new places that you won’t forget.
A little bit off the beaten path, the temple of Kalabsha is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nasser. This is not its original location, it was actually moved here from the west bank of the Nile for the construction of the Aswan High Dam. It dates from the Roman period and has some beautiful inscriptions on its walls. The temple is part of a whole complex of buildings, making the island a great day-trip destination from Aswan.
For water based activities, book a day trip to Mahmya, a privately owned island with crystal clear water and gorgeous beaches. The island is located in the National Park of Giftun Island in the Red Sea, about 60 minutes from the seaside resort of Hurghada. A wonderful, family-friendly destination where you can explore the protected underwater world in a safe environment together with your kids.Whale Valley (Wadi Al-Hitan)
A UNESCO world heritage listed site in the desert, around 150km from Cairo. The site is world-renown for its fossile finds that are barely uncovered from the desert sands. Not just whales can be found here but also other animals such as crocodiles and turtles. However, what makes the site so unique is the high concentration and excellent quality of the whale bones. Their discovery has opened up a world of answers to scientists looking into the developmental link between land based animals and animals in the water.
Friday Market (Souq Al Goma’a)
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to one of the manly local markets. The Friday Market is the biggest market in Cairo, and the brimming activity and the choice of goods on offer make for an unforgettable experience. Spices, leather, silver, and fabric – it is hard to resist the temptation of taking home gifts for friends and family. When buying in Egypt make sure you haggle with the vendor and feel free to walk away if the price is not acceptable. Also, make sure you are no easy prey for pickpockets.
The Camel Market in Daraw
Camels exchange hands at this exciting market in Daraw, around 40km from Aswan in the country’s south. This really is a destination that is completely off the beaten track and it is not unlikely that you will be the only Western tourist around. Besides camels vendors will also sell other domestic animals. Be warned though that some of the animals are meant for consumption and there are butchers waiting for newly purchased animals to prepare them for the evening meal.