Egypt Tourism and Tourist Information
Marvel at the majesty and beauty of the Pyramids
The Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Souks, the Egyptian Museum… as you explore Cairo and its outskirts, you journey through history. From the banks of the Nile to the fringes of the desert, Cairo combines the glamour of ancient buildings and historic monuments with an ambience that is both modern and Mediterranean.
Souks, craft shops, colourful stalls, good-natured haggling… you’ll certainly love the wealth of opportunities that Egypt offers to shoppers! Temptations abound: beautiful jewellery, wonderfully patterned carpets, countless spices, perfumes scented with subtle Oriental fragrances and sold in elegant little glass phials…
Cairo, capital of a thousand faces
Cairo is the largest city in Africa (built in 969 A.D.) – a unique fusion of millennial remains and contemporary vibrancy. On one side, you’ll find a citadel dating from medieval times; on the other, office buildings sporting cutting-edge architecture – while in the middle, the timeless Nile flows round the islands of Roda, Abu El-Dahab and Gezira. Full of life, Egypt’s capital city boasts a lively and colourful Souk with charming, narrow streets; ancient Coptic churches (in the Old Cairo district); and Egyptian, Islamic and Coptic museums. Tall minarets and great mosques cast their calming shadows on the city’s outlying districts. You will be charmed by the city’s diversity and dynamism, that so aptly reflect the Egypt of today.
Its nice to be up high in Cairo. The Cairo Tower gives one a prospective view of this great city, with it's very modern and very ancient districts.
Giza, one of the wonders of the world On the Giza plateau stands the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence: the majestic Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu). The Pyramid is 137 metres tall and took 100,000 men 20 years to build. You can reach the funerary chamber at its heart by passing through an impressive gallery. Beside it stand the pyramids of Chephren (Khafre) and Mykerinos (Menkaure), along with the enigmatic Sphinx, half-human, half-lion, that guards the entrance to the royal necropolis. Nearby, surrounded by lesser tombs, stand the pyramids of the Queens and the Museum of the Solar Barque. Sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular, bathing Giza in fiery colours that lend the site an extraordinary majesty.
From mountain peak to undersea Paradise
You’ll enjoy exploring this land of contrasts, where you can climb from sea level to an altitude of over 2,500 metres in just a few kilometres... From Sharm El-Sheikh to Mount Moses via Hurghada and St. Katherine’s monastery, you’ll find enough adventures, leisure activities and history combined to make your stay an unforgettable experience.
Diving resorts in Egypt occupied the first place among the ten best diving destinations all over the world, and the diving sector and marine activities are expected to achieve 18 percent growth this year. Tourism represents Egypt’s largest growing source of foreign currency and the main generator of employment opportunities. To enhance tourism’ potential as a job generator, the government has invested strongly in human resources.
You may be wondering what one can possibly do on a beach except sunbathing lazily. Well, it is no longer the case in Sharm. Most of the beaches (be it beaches attached to the hotel or just city beaches) organize different activities on the beach, such as massage, relaxation and yoga - for those who like to balance body and soul; make-up, braids and tattoos - for those who like to try something new; volleyball and tennis - for those who like activities; and parties - for those who like to dance till the late hours. No matter what your interests are, we are sure that Sharm beaches will not let you down.
Fine sand, exotic fish, and calm, translucent waters: perfect elements in an unforgettable diving experience. From Taba to Marsa Alam, by way of Nuweiba, Dahab and Sharm El-Sheikh: the Red Sea coast holds many surprises for every diver – beginner and veteran alike. All year round, professional diving clubs take avid sea-lovers on excursions to view parrotfish, angelfish and clownfish, groupers, sharks, dolphins and barracudas. With plenty of coral reefs, sandy depths and shipwrecks to explore, swimming through this medley of fascinating ecosystems is a uniquely delightful experience... ... an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Boasting over a thousand diving sites, including some of the world’s most famous spots, Egypt is undoubtedly the dream destination for divers from all over the world. The Red Sea offers an idyllic setting for exploring underwater landscapes. EGYPT is an increasingly popular destination for British tourists - around half a million travel there each year. You’ll be entranced by the multifarious flora and fauna, amazed by the abundant tropical coral reefs and enthralled by the impressive array of ancient shipwrecks. The water that ripples throughout this aquatic paradise is clear and warm, which – combined with high saline levels – makes it an ideal environment for over a thousand different types of coral reef, not to mention 300 species of shark. In this fascinating underwater realm, colourful fish will happily swim alongside you as you dive, sharing in the wonders of this silent deep-sea world…
The small seaside resort of Dahab lies on the west coast of Sinai and hosts a tempting selection of impressive caves. The steep drops and unusual underwater terrains of these very varied sites are certain to seduce any diver. Only those who are extremely experienced can descend to the thrilling depths of the famous ‘Blue Hole’ with its 80m deep cavern. Others can ponder the profusion of alcyonarian coral that thrives on the underwater rock face known as The Canyon.
Aswan and Luxor are two other famous cities for tourism in Egypt. Aswan is 1,000 kilometres from Cairo. You can take a train or plane to Luxor and then take the 4 nights/5 days River Nile cruise to Aswan and then back to Cairo by air or land. The Nile River cruise provides a wonderful avenue to experience the wealth of Egyptian history and culture, especially when the water level drops at the Watergates after Esna, 100 kilometres from Luxor.
Christmas in Egypt departs from its roots as a celebration of the birth of Christ and taken on a more social role, with many Muslims and Christians--especially in the more affluent communities--celebrating it without really observing it.
In Marsa Alam, the future certainly looks well thought out; visiting the emerging town at such an early stage of its life cycle, and seeing the confident plans first hand, it's hard not to be swept up in the optimism. Especially since the visionaries behind this 18km strip of isolated coastline 700km south of Cairo are imagining a St Tropez on the Red Sea, and have the artist-designed sketches to prove it.
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