When certain destinations are identified as possible places to visit by your mind, travel blog or inspirational travel piece you have recently read, it can be hard to actually pinpoint what attractions in that country you should prioritise over the others. Case and point: Egypt. How could you possibly decide between one attraction and another? The key is to think about what it is you actually want to do when in this amazing country, and when you decide – head to the best town, city or resort that can cater for your needs!
Here are just a few suggestions of what you could be doing in Egypt if you were to take the plunge and visit:
Explore the Depths in Sharm el Sheikh
So you have spent the last few years qualifying as a diver and now you want to experience tropical water dives, complete with beautiful coral reefs, millions of reef fish and submerged wrecks. Well then you had better head to Sharm el Sheikh as it has an almost unrivalled reputation as a diver’s paradise. Sharm El Sheikh is located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, with the Red Sea right on its doorstep. The Ras Mohammed Marine National Park provides numerous dive sites which are perfect for beginners as well as experienced divers. What’s more, thanks to the year round sunshine that Sharm el Sheikh benefits from, visitors can enjoy the warm crystal clear waters in June, January or March – or whenever you decide to go!
Spot the Aswan Temples
OK, so the temples at Abu Simbel are located a good 280km away from city of Aswan, but if it is stunning architecture you are after on your trip to Egypt, you could do a lot worse than make Aswan your base for the duration of your stay. The Abu Simbel temples – notably those of Ramesses II and Nefertari – were first discovered in 1813 and underwent a major facelift between 1964-68, which included moving them over 60 feet up a sandstone cliff to protect them from the construction of the High Dam which could have left them submerged underwater. History, culture and enlightenment are all things that immediately spring to mind when thinking of Egypt – and the temples of Aswan have all three and more in abundance.
Sail the River Nile
Without the River Nile, Egypt would not have been able to become the power it once was. It is the lifeblood of the country and has feed the many cities for centuries with water, food, materials and other essentials. These days, the Nile is a different type of lifeline, transporting tourists and visitors up and down, all eager to experience the scenery of Egypt whilst relaxing on a first class luxury cruise ship. It is possible to visit all the major town and cities such as Luxor and Aswan for a few days at a time and then move onto your next exciting Egyptian adventure!
Never let anyone tell you what you should see or do in Egypt. Everyone is different and the fact of the matter is that you can do whatever you please in this vast and sensational country. Sharm el Sheikh holidays your idea of fun? Then go there. Want a more cultural experience? Head to Aswan. It’s really up to you!
Written by Ricky Durrance for Beat the Brochure.