With the Nile winding through the country and bringing life to an otherwise barren desert, Egypt has become a fascinating destination for travelers the world over. Ancient temples, historic mosques, and beautiful tombs create memories that are sure to last. To visit Egypt is to look through a window to the past and to see a vision of the future. However, not all destinations are created equal, so below is a list of some places to visit and some places one might want to avoid.
The Pyramids are the quintessential symbol of Egypt. Towering, majestic buildings display the engineering marvels of a bygone civilization. If you do not visit the Pyramids, you have missed one of the greatest ancient sights left to be seen. Be careful for tourist traps, although the guards by the gate and fence surrounding the site manage to keep most out. The camel rides are an exception to this, because they are quite an experience to have.
Right in the neighborhood of the Pyramids is the Sphinx. Again, you’ll see a lot of vendors peddling souvenirs, but they inhabit virtually every major tourist site in the country. Unlike the tombs and temples to be explored elsewhere, the Sphinx mainly acts as an incredible monument to see and as a backdrop for one of the many pictures you take on your journey through Egypt.
Truly one of the most astonishing ancient sites in Egypt is the Temple of Karnak. Its imposing entrance leaves one breathless, as do the enormous pillars occupying many of the halls. While the grounds of the temple span a large area, the different areas of the temple alternate pleasantly between closed-in places and large, open spaces. I would highly recommend placing Karnak Temple high on the must-see list.
Temple of Philae
Although the other destinations in Egypt are amazing in their own right, I immediately fell in love with the Temple of Philae. In a desert country like Egypt, the temple’s location nestled among some rocks in the Nile River becomes even more enchanting (though it is not Philae Temple’s original location). The island setting transforms the temple into a beautiful oasis; the boat ride to the island also augments the atmosphere, although the sound of the motor does slightly disrupt the peace. Nevertheless, the temple itself is in outstanding condition and the site contains all the fascinating elements of the more famous destinations; however, the picturesque location made it my favorite stop on the Egypt tour.