Once a magnet for visitors with its stunning beaches, awe-inspiring desert landscapes and arguably the greatest collection of ruins, temples and artefacts on the planet, the 2011 Arab Spring revolution decimated Egypt’s tourism industry.
Now however the tourists are back, thronging the narrow alleys of Cairo’s medieval quarter or gazing in awe at the Pyramids of Giza, the only one of the seven wonders that still stands today.
If ever there was a land to bring out the explorer in us all, it would be Egypt, home of the ancient Pharaohs. Nestled into North Africa, between the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and for centuries the world’s most advanced society, this is a land that is literally crammed with bucket-list experiences.
Cruise down the Nile River in a traditional felucca, taking in the great sights between Luxor and Aswan; peek inside sand-covered tombs; ride a camel in the desert in front of the Pyramids; take in the sunset from the summit of Mount Sinai and marvel at the incredible treasures housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Or how about some retail therapy with a difference at legendary Cairo bazaar, Khan el-Khalili? Wander the narrow alleys and aside from picking up a bargain, get a unique glimpse into Egyptian culture and traditions.
Not a history buff? Enjoy what is considered to be the best dune surfing in the world at the Great Sand Sea near Siwa Oasis or head for the great diving sites of Marsa Alam, Hurghada, Sharm al Sheikh or Dahab to discover the hidden beauty of the Red Sea and its rich ecosystem.
Egypt has only two seasons: a very hot summer, with average temperatures reaching 35°C between May and October, and a mild winter from November to April when the temperatures average between 19°C and 29°C during the day. In the coastal regions, temperatures range between an average minimum of 14°C in winter and an average maximum of 30°C in summer.
Arabic is the official language
Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Egypt. British passport holders travelling to Egypt normally need a visa. Although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel. Apply online here.
For the latest official advice check here
Take care of your passport and valuables. Use hotel safes and beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers.
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