The Pyramids at Giza are monumental structures that have long mystified archaeologists, historians and tourists. How could ancient civilisation manage to produce such enormous edifices when their technological prowess extended to little more than levers, rollers and manpower? Why would the Pharaohs devote so much time and effort and so many human lives to erecting them?
Egypt offers far more than the Pyramids, though. It was an important part of the ancient world for thousands of years, whether as a power in its own right; as the bread basket of Rome and the home of Cleopatra; all the way up to the early modern Ottoman Empire. It was also the home of another of the wonders of the ancient world, The Pharos (Lighthouse) of Alexandria, and the lost great library that academic scholars frequently lament the destruction of.
In short, Egypt has an almost unparalleled amount of history. Abu Simbel; the Temple of Nefertiti; the Valley of the Kings; the temple ruins at Luxor and Karnak that are found near ancient Thebes; the list goes on and on. But you need not be interested in cultural history to be enthralled by a trip to Egypt:
Sharm El-Sheik is a world famous diving resort on the edge of the Red Sea and its crystal clear waters have been attracting swimmers for decades now. Tourists can see a great deal without having to don a wetsuit or be qualified to use scuba equipment. All you need is a snorkel and a pair of flippers to access an aquatic paradise. Getting there is easy, with transfers using Sharm El-Sheikh airport taxis taking no time at all, whilst there’s gamut of luxury hotels to take your pick of.
If you don’t fancy getting in the water, there are glass-bottomed boat tours that offer a more sedate experience. Or you could stay on the beach and forget about all your petty cares!
Not many people tend to think of golf when Egypt is mentioned, but the country has gone a long way to developing a coterie of high quality courses – 20 in fact. Players can aim to beat par in the very shadow of the pyramids or alongside the Nile.
Between them, the two biggest cities of Cairo and Alexandria have a combined population of approaching 14m, with all the diversity of architectural styles, restaurants and museums that you might expect. The three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have all played a profound role in Egyptian culture and continue to be an important current in the rhythms of life. Egypt’s urban centres hold the promise of much exploration and adventure.
The Great River
The Nile is the world’s longest river and its ebbs and flows have been critical in determining the success of one of the cradles of human civilisation. There are many different kinds of riverboat tours, from brief day trips to week long mini-cruise excursions along the majestic current with your own small team of sailors and staff attending your every desire.
For those who wish to see more modern examples of human ingenuity, there are two other attractions to consider.
– The Suez Canal, the creation of which revolutionised modern shipping and continues to be critical to our modern globalised lifestyle. The Suez Crisis of 1956, prompted by the nationalisation of the waterway was one of the final spasms of the dying British Empire. Many visitors find it utterly surreal to see vast oil tankers serenely gliding through the desert landscape, as if they were a mirage.
– The mighty Aswan dam which radically changed the rhythms of life in Egypt, giving a degree of control over the water levels of the river that gives life to a whole country.
So why not discover Egypt and explore many of the less-known but equally fascinating wonders which can be found here.
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