Explore your world
Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza | © Cezzare/Pixabay
Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza | © Cezzare/Pixabay

13 Reasons Why You Should Visit Egypt At Least Once

Picture of Yosra Shohayeb
Updated: 28 February 2018

Egypt is known for its ancient treasures and outstanding history; however, there is more to Egypt than you might expect. From surreal waters and wide beaches with golden sand to remarkable architecture and natural therapies, Egypt is definitely a bucket-list worthy country. Here are 13 reasons why Egypt should be your next destination.

It’s one of the oldest ancient civilizations in the world

Ancient Egypt is one of the most interesting and oldest civilizations in the world. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving ancient wonder, along with ancient Egyptians’ statues and tombs continue to seize the attention of top archeologists and, of course, the world. To this day, remains of the Egyptian civilization are still to be discovered.


Abu Simbel Temple | © la_pet/Pixabay

It has the longest river in the world

Ranking as the longest river in the world, the Nile River extends around 6,695 km in length and flows into the Mediterranean. Moreover, tourists can visit several attractions through the Nile; the most prominent being Luxor and Aswan.

Nile River - KHGraf pixabay

Nile River | © KHGraf/Pixabay

You’ll follow the footsteps of Moses

Mount Moses, also known as Jabal Al Tor, is considered a holy site that is visited by tourists from different religions like Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is where prophet Moses, peace be upon him, received the divine commandments from Allah. It is located in the beautiful Sinai Peninsula, where many enjoy mountain climbing and hiking as well.

Its undersea is out of this world

The Red Sea is the best place to dive in Egypt, and even in the world, offering diverse diving locations for an unforgettable experience. From bright corals to colourful distinctive fish, you’ll never want to swim back to the surface. Egypt offers different diving opportunities including wrecks, walls, drifts, pinnacles, shore dives, day boats and liveaboards. You can say it’s a diver’s paradise!


Diving in the Red Sea | © joakant/Pixabay

Its beaches are surreal

Egypt’s beaches are a dream come true. The country is home to internationally competitive beaches with golden soft sands that are perfect for honeymooners, family, friends and even solo travellers. From natural pools and crystal blue waters to steady beaches as well as wave beaches, they are not to be missed.

It’s a field for water sports champions

Dahab, Safaga, Hurghada, Ras Sudr and El Gouna are all one of the world’s top kite and windsurfing destinations in Egypt. Kite and windsurfing champions from around the world train in these locations due to its perfect weather and steady safe waters. Not a champion? Egypt has some of the best kite and windsurfing schools as well, so make sure you get your game on.


Blue Lagoon, Dahab | © Richard August/Flickr

The weather is great all year round

Due to its diverse touristic destinations, Egypt’s high season never ends. Summer is the perfect time to take a dip and go diving, whereas it’s better to visit historic sites during winter as most of them are located in desert areas.

12019 pixabay

Egyptian desert | © 12019/Pixabay

Safari desert trips are the best in Egypt

Around 90 percent of Egypt’s land is desert, making it the perfect spot for a new desert adventure. The best way to discover the white and black desert, or the oasis, is via a safari trip. Get ready to camp here as well to enjoy the full experience.


Desert safari | © ivabalk/Pixabay

The horseback riding experience is amazing

Wherever you’re going to enjoy your horseback riding experience in Egypt, rest assured that you’ll have a view to complement it with. Enjoy a horseback ride on the sand mountains overlooking the lake in Fayoum, one by the great pyramids, or a romantic ride by the crystal blue beaches in Hurghada.


Horseback riding at the Giza Pyramids | © Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock

It’s a fairytale for architecture and art lovers

Cairo has some of the best Islamic architecture and art, which are considered treasures. They are mostly found in mosques that have been standing still for the past 1,200 years, such as the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and the list goes on. These mosques are the perfect combination for all architecture, art and history lovers.

Mosque of Muhammad Ali | © Adel Onsi Mohamed/Pixabay

Egyptian cuisine is absolutely delicious

Egyptian food has been influenced by neighbouring countries in the Middle East, resulting in dishes full of tasty flavours. Not only is it delicious, but the food in Egypt shapes its culture. Egyptians turn to food in times of happiness, need and struggle. It’s the highlight of any occasion.


Mulukhiya | © Dina Saeed/Shutterstock

Its water and sand are therapeutical

Therapeutic tourism has always been popular in Egypt. Its hot springs can cure respiratory diseases, kidney, bone and other skin problems. The mud in many areas is also known to cure skin problems. Sand-burying massages are also very famous in Egypt and are said to treat physical injuries.


Hot spring in Siwa Oasis | © hecke61/Shutterstock

Egyptians are rich in culture

There probably isn’t a country with a rich and diverse culture similar to Egypt. Its people have different accents, distinctive food, unique traditions and even different fashions that represent each city. Some cities also have different languages! Just wandering around Egypt is an experience in and of itself.


Nubian woman | © Emad Omar Farouk/Shutterstock