20 Unmissable Attractions in Egypt
When people hear the word Egypt, many people think of the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile. However, with more than 7,000 years of unique history, heritage and culture, there are many other breathtaking attractions in Egypt to visit. Here are 20 unmissable attractions people visiting Egypt must see.
Experience the Pharaonic spirit in one of Egypt’s largest ancient temples, and take a trip through history in the beautiful city of Luxor.
One of the most well-known temples in Luxor, The Karnak Temple complex contains a mix of chapels, pylons, decayed temples, and other buildings. It is believed to be the second-largest ancient religious site in the world.
Valley of the Kings
This valley, located on the west bank of the Nile, is known as the principal burial place of Pharaohs from the 16th to the 11th century BC. It contains around 63 Egyptian mythology-decorated tombs and chambers, which were excavated for the prestigious royals and privileged figures from the New Kingdom of Egypt.
St. Catherine Monastery
Officially known as the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai, the Monastery is named after a Christian martyr called Catherine of Alexandria. It is believed that her remains were taken by angels to Mount Sinai after she was beheaded.
Also known as the Museum of Cairo, the Egyptian Museum is located in Downtown Cairo, and contains the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world.
Cruise on the Nile River
A trip to Egypt can never be complete without at least a one-hour cruise on the Nile River. Whether you take it in the morning or at night, in a boat or a falooka, the charm of the Nile will take your breath away.
Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel consists of two large-rock temples built during Pharaoh Ramesses II’s reign. Carved out of the mountainside, the temples are a lasting momentum of Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari.
Khan El-Khalili is one of Cairo’s most traditional iconic markets. Vendors sell antiques, souvenirs, and jewelry. It also has several restaurants, coffeehouses and street-food vendors.
One of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, Abydos once contained some of the most-ancient temples as well as the tombs of early Pharaohs. It is a sacred city, and it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Egypt.
Dahab, which means gold in English, is one of the most-visited cities by tourists and Egyptians in southeast Sinai. It is also known as Sinai’s most-treasured diving destination, which makes it a gold mine for underwater adventurers.
The White Desert
Have you ever seen white sand? Discover the unique white-colored rock formations of the White Desert, the Bedouin-inhabited national park north of Farafra.
The Hanging Church
The Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church is located above the Babylon Fortress’s gatehouse. With its nave suspended over a passage, it is commonly known as The Hanging Church.
The Cairo Citadel
Salah al-Din built The Cairo Citadel early in the 12th century to protect the cities of Cairo and Fustat from the Crusaders. It is also known as Mohamed Ali Citadel because it contains his mosque. Between its amazing Islamic architect, museums, and history, the Citadel is definitely one of the must-see places for Egyptian tourists.
Sultan Hassan Mosque
Considered to be one of the largest mosques in the world, the Sultan Hassan Mosque covers a space of 7,906 square meters (around 85099.4 square feet). It consists of a mosque as well as an educational institution, and it is famous for its innovative-architectural components.
Also known as Mount Horeb or Gebel Mosa, this mountain, located in the Sinai Peninsula, is considered a holy place for all of the Abrahamic religions. In addition to its unique geological formations and the holy building on its summit, the view from Mount Sinai is priceless.
How about seeing Egypt’s largest, most populated city, from one place? At 187 meters (614 ft), interested tourists can see a magnificent view of Cairo.
This Mosque, located near Khan El-Khalili, is one of the most sacred Islamic places. It is believed to be the burial place of the head Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohamed.
A family mansion and a caravanserai famous for its unique mashrabiyya—wooden-lattice screens—Beit El-Suhaymi is also a unique architectural beauty.
This square recently became a touristic attraction when the Egyptian Revolution that grabbed the world’s attention in 2011.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx
No trip is complete without visiting the Pyramids and the Sphinx.