With its rich culture and impressive history, Egypt is a paradise for soul searchers and wanderers. The country is famous for its pyramids, temples, and museums which offers wonders never before seen in the world. However, between 2012 and 2015, the country suffered from internal conflict and was not in its best state. These events have significantly affected how tourists perceived safety in the country, pushing its tourism to plummet. Egypt tours were reduced and the country’s tourism was severely damaged.
When the conflict finally died down, Egypt has again become a prime destination for travel. Popular tourist spots in Egypt are packed almost all days of the year causing it to be less enjoyable despite its splendor. This begs the question: What other places in Egypt are great for travel? Here are a few hidden travel gems in Egypt:
A bustling city market which was established in the early 14th century, the Khan El-Khalili takes any traveler to a time-warping experience back to ancient Egypt. A backdrop of historic structures and impressive architecture added to stalls of rich-colored textiles, sparkling antiques, and delicious-smelling spices – Khan Al-Khalili is a feast for the eyes and the soul. A meeting place of all kinds of people, it is a great way to learn about how warm and welcoming Egyptian locals can be. A breath-taking destination at its finest, Khan El-Khalili is the place where current and ancient Egypt collide.
Safaga Port Town
The country is home to the quiet beach paradise of Safaga Port Town proving that Egypt is so much more than just pyramids and temples. Who would have thought that a summer paradise is hidden away by Egypt’s deserts and pyramids? A small town off the coast of the Red Sea, Safaga’s crystal blue waters and sparkling white sand is a sight to behold. It is the ultimate destination for divers and windsurfers serving as a summer paradise in cold winters. Its shoreline is as long as the eyes can see and its reefs are colorful and majestic.
Islands in Aswan and the River Nile
Many tourists say that the Nile River at Aswan is the most beautiful in all of Egypt. Nature around the River Nile in Aswan seems to be unchanged for thousands of years that it feels like traveling back through time. This river is the life of ancient Egypt and to see it as it was thousands of years ago is truly an enriching experience. This is why the RIver Nile Cruise is dubbed as a ‘royal treatment’, because only the kings and queens of Egypt traveled the Nile with style.
Many people have been afraid to travel to Egypt after their revolution back in 2012. However, the conflicts become easy to forget through the beauty of the Nile. The relaxing vibes of Aswan is a clear indication that despite the country’s conflicts, it is still a safe place for travel.
Colored Canyons of Taba
Also known as the Coloured Canyon in Egypt, it is a natural rock formation about 800 meters in length and 40 meters in depth. It is eerily narrow but the majesty of the layers of rock on the wall is awe-inspiring. It’s known as the Coloured Canyon because of the impressive layering and banding of the rocks, believed to have been formed by the ocean millions of years ago. The colors range from browns, yellows, and reds, to dark hues like blue and black. A hiking spot seemingly made out of a sculpted painting!
The White Desert
Known as the Al Farafrah in Egypt, it is the only desert in the world that looks as if it is made out of snow. It is a geological depression with high amounts of chalk-deposits which looks like snow from afar. Sandstorms have sculpted giant chalk-formations in the middle of the White Desert and have been doing so for the last thousand years. What is most impressive about this hidden gem is the fact that the faces of the sculptures seem to change with the movement of light from the sun, where it reflects colors and shadows animatedly.
Located in the Siwa Oasis, Cleopatra’s Bath is a natural spring found in the middle of a desert. The water is perfectly clear that it is befitting of a queen, thus its name. This natural spring is often used as a place for relaxing, swimming, and bathing. There are even legends that say that it was a place Cleopatra herself had famously bathed on. The Siwa Oasis is located in the Western Desert and is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt. It is quite isolated and is home to only about thirty thousand people, whose culture is unique from the rest of the country. Going to the Siwa Oasis is like traveling to a world of its own, making it an even more magical experience.