Egypt is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable countries in the world. Its iconic structures such as the Great Pyramid and Sphinx of Giza attract millions of tourists from around the globe each year, all eager to see one of the Eight Wonders of the World for themselves.
While the incredible structures and powerful Nile are enough to justify a holiday to Egypt, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s much more to unearth in this colourful country than its sand-covered tombs!
Home to some of the world’s most historic monuments, Egypt is sure to bring out the explorer in you. From it’s towering pyramids and temples to the picture-perfect Valley of Kings, a trip to Egypt is like a window into the past.
That’s not to say it’s all sand and sightseeing, however! Egypt is also home to a range of fantastic hotels, resorts and spas in a number of tourist hot-spots across the country. On average, a non-stop flight from London to Cairo takes around five and a half hours; be sure to check with us for our best deals on Egypt flight + hotel packages to make some great savings.
Food and drink in Egypt
Thinking of typical Egyptian food often conjures images of kebabs, falafels and shawarma, however, if you know where to look, Egyptian cuisine also offers a range of traditional dishes that reach back as far as Ancient Egypt!
For a rare local delicacy, visitors can sample ‘Molokhiyya’, a vibrant green stew made using leaves from the jute mallow plant. While it is a common homemade dish in Egypt, tourists may notice it’s a little hard to find. However, visitors to can find the stew at ‘Abou El Sid’ in Alexandria, ‘Cairo Kitchen’ in Cairo, and ‘Sofra’ in Luxor.
For a quick and filling dish, ‘Kushari’ can be found at many restaurants and fast food outlets around Egypt. This combination of chickpeas, rice, lentils and macaroni topped with fried onions and a spicy chilli sauce isn’t the prettiest dish, but it packs plenty of flavours and is incredibly moreish!
History & architecture
Millions of tourists swarm to Egypt throughout the year to explore and discover the hidden wonders that remain from thousands of years ago. The vast, golden landscape has an almost overwhelming number of iconic sites to experience, often warranting several visits to the country.
For anyone visiting Egypt with an intention of seeing it’s iconic structures and monuments, the Pyramids of Giza, located in modern-day Cairo, are a must-see. For a vivid look into the past, visitors can head to the Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved monuments in all of Egypt. Whichever of Egypt’s many wonders you wish to experience, there are several informative tour guides available that can help paint that perfect picture of Ancient Egypt’s riveting history.
Useful info for Egypt holidays
The currency of Egypt is also called the pound! Not the GBP however, the Egyptian pound (EGP); travellers can expect many EGP in return for each GBP when exchanging, so be sure to find a fair exchange rate.
With such large cultural differences and language barriers in many areas of Egypt, first-time visitors may struggle to properly navigate certain areas of the country. It is therefore often advised to hire a private guide or book group excursions to the country’s many historic sites in advance.
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