Top Attractions You Must Not Miss In Egypt

Egypt, home to ancient pharaohs and rich history, offers a fascinating blend of archaeological wonders and natural beauty. From iconic ruins to the vast Sahara desert and the majestic River Nile, it's a captivating destination for explorers
Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza Governorate. Credit Unsplash
Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza Governorate. Credit Unsplash

Egypt,&nbsponce ruled by the enigmatic pharaohs (rulers), boasts one of the world's oldest civilizations. Over time, it became a significant outpost for the Greek and Roman empires. Today, the country is known for its archaeological ruins and landmarks from ancient civilizations, all against the backdrop of the Sahara desert and the historic River Nile.&nbspIf you're planning a trip to Egypt, here are some remarkable attractions that should not be missed.

Rock Temples of Abu Simbel

The Rock Temple of Abu Simbel, situated along the Western banks of Lake Nasser, comprises the twin temples of Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari. These structures were skillfully carved into the mountains, making them a highly sought-after destination. The iconic image of the king and queen seated on their thrones, gazing over the vastness of the Egyptian mountains, symbolises ancient Egypt's grandeur. Due to the rising waters of the lake in the 1960s, the temple was relocated.

Egyptian Museum

Ancient Egyptian cities have been carefully excavated, unearthing temples, palaces, and tombs that date back to thousands of years. The Egyptian Museum is a valuable repository, showcasing an extensive collection of artefacts, including those from Tutankhamun's tomb. It provides a fascinating insight into Egypt's history and cultural heritage. While the pyramids are iconic landmarks, the museum holds the missing pieces, making it an essential destination for anyone looking to delve deeper into Egypt's ancient past.

White Desert

The White Desert appears almost unnatural. It is home to chalk formations in various shades of white and cream alongside dunes from the Great Sand Sea and cliffs of the Farafra Depression. Wind erosion over millennia has sculpted the unique white boulders and pinnacles. The surrounding national park is inhabited by wildlife, such as the Rhim and Dorcas gazelle.


Often referred to as an open-air museum, Abydos is Egypt's one of the top attractions. It is home to the temple of Seti I, where the renowned hieroglyphic inscription known as the Abydos List was found. This historic city offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian history and culture. The Mother of Pots, or Umm el-Qa'ab, is a remarkable necropolis (graveyard) where the earliest pharaohs were laid to rest. The name comes from the discovery of numerous pot shards scattered in reverence to the kings. 


Once home to the world's largest library and a prized outpost of the Greco-Roman empires, Alexandria remains an enriching destination. Though many of the fabled places from ancient times have faded, the city offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of other Egyptian cities. The Pompey Pillar square is a perfect spot to relax, while the streets are replete with chic cafes, offering a refreshing change from the usual cuisine in Egypt. Alexandria's charm lies in its unique blend of history, modernity, and tranquil ambience, making it a must-visit destination for travellers.

Bahariya Oasis

The Bahariya Oasis gained prominence in the mid-90s when a burial site with about thirty tombs was uncovered. The site contained around 250 well-preserved mummies dating back to various historical periods. The area also houses the ruins of the Temple of Alexander. Beyond its historical significance, Bahariya is a significant agricultural centre known for its wine production. 

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