Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Egypt

Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Egypt: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Egypt is a popular tourist destination for its historical monuments as well its dynamic modern culture, beckoning travelers from all over the world to taste both the past and present delights. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or history buff, there is something for every type of tourist to enjoy in the “Gift of the Nile.” Take a look at this top ten list of must-see sites and regions of Egypt.

1. Pyramids of Giza

No tourist travels to Egypt and neglects to visit the classic Pyramids of Giza. It’s almost impossible to believe they were constructed close to 5,000 years ago and are only one of the Seven Wonders that remain from the ancient past.  No matter how tight your time is, don’t miss a trip to the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure.

2. The Sphinx

If you take our advice and make the Pyramids a must-see, then you’ll knock off two birds with one stone (pun intended!). Directly next to the Pyramids of Giza is the Great Sphinx, or as the Egyptians call it, “Abu-l-Hawl”–or the “Father of Terror.” However, the Sphinx elicits awe and not terror, but is named so because ancient Egyptians aimed to “scare” off treasure seekers and looters of the tombs by building a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh.

3. The Egyptian Museum

The Great Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of excavated artifacts of ancient Egypt, including the Mummy of Tutankhamun–King Tut. Located in the heart of the city of Cairo, it includes treasures from King Tut’s tomb and a number of statues, jewelry, pottery and even a Royal Mummy Room containing a number of mummified pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

4. Luxor’s Temples and Tombs

Luxor, is so filled with temples and monuments, people often call it the largest open-air museum. These historical buildings include some of the largest and most impressive temple complexes in Egypt. You’ll see huge statues, tall columns, and intricate carvings.

5. Abu Simbel Temples

Not only are the temples of Abu Simbel magnificent, but it is also a marvel that they were moved in their entirety from their original location to avoid flooding from Lake Nasser. (Before the Aswan Dam was built, flooding was not a problem, so they were well-preserved from the time they were built by Ramses II.) The majesty of the Great Temple, with its gigantic statues, is simply awesome.

6. Aswan’s Nubian Villages and Philae Temple

Aswan is a different kind of experience from the Pyramids and Luxor. Though it holds some historical significance for being home to the Philae Temple, its claim to fame is its natural beauty, breathtaking scenery and presence of Nubian culture.

7. The White Desert

Witness the stunning beauty and other-worldly landscapes of the White Desert. The wind-whipped rock formations are like rough sculptures crafted by the forces of nature. Many tourists love to camp and, with deserts having some of the least light pollution in the world, it’s a great place to stargaze.

8. Alexandria

Because Cairo and Luxor are such superstars of the tourist experience, Alexandria is often overlooked as a must-visit city on a trip to Egypt. It is a beautiful beach town, bright and sunny and filled with rich history. It once held one of the seven ancient wonders of the world–the Lighthouse of Alexandria, but it has not withstood the test of the time like the pyramids. Nonetheless, the site can be visited, and a new lighthouse has been constructed that is beautiful to see. Travelers can visit the ancient Roman amphitheater, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and the restored, largest ancient library of Alexandria called the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

9. The Red Sea Coast

The best thing about Egypt is that it has a diverse set of experiences for all travelers. If you’re not up for a masterclass in ancient history or cultural exposure–or would like to take a break and do something totally different– opt for some relaxation and adventure. The Red Sea coast promises clear waters and comfortable temperatures for scuba diving and water sports. It boasts of vibrant coral reefs and luxury resorts. The best-known places along the Red Sea are Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, and Dahab.

10. Siwa Oasis

The Siwa Oasis is a remote Eden which is popular for its scenery and for majestic landscapes. It has an interesting set of salt lakes that make for an interesting tourist stop as well as some ancient ruins. The pace of this region is much more relaxed and Berber culture offers a stark contrast to Cairo and Alexandria.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re drawn to the ancient wonders of the Pyramids of Giza or the vibrant coral reefs of the Red Sea, Egypt offers an unparalleled travel experience. Use this guide to plan your unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most fascinating countries.

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