As a land of Pharaohs, majestic structures, beautiful shorelines and breathtaking underwater vistas, the list of things to do in Egypt is endless. From the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the only intact remainder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to spectacular Mount Sinai and the Biblical history it provides, there’s already plenty to consider before you’ve even made it to the coastline. With soft golden sands, crystal clear seas and even the shores that lap the famous River Nile, there’s plenty of relaxed activities to enjoy in this astounding country.
Wine and Dine
Naama Bay, in Sharm El Sheikh, is a bustling hub for visitors, filled with boutique bars and restaurants serving the finest in Egyptian and international cuisine. Farsha Café, located in the El Faraa’na Hotel is an amazing all-rounder, with a great atmosphere, authentic music and 180 degrees of magnificent Red Sea views.
If you’re looking for something more relaxed than the hustle and bustle of Naama Bay, Soho Square in Shark’s Bay is the perfect alternative. With an ice bar, calm shisha bars and a selection of fantastic restaurants, it’s got everything you’d need to feel truly wined and dined in Egypt.
Alexandria, meanwhile, is located in the north of the country and offers a wonderful amalgamation of both Mediterranean and Egyptian cuisine. The Fish Market, located on the El Corniche Road, boasts some of the best fish dishes in Egypt and is simply a must for seafood lovers.
Action and Adventure
One of the top Egypt attractions has to be the phenomenal views found beneath its rolling waves. The Red Sea Riviera offers some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world, boasting beautiful, multi-coloured marine life and endless, vibrant corals. For fun and games on the water’s surface, consider wind surfing, water skiing, parasailing or relaxed boat trips.
There’s also plenty of things to do in Egypt without having to dip your toes in the water. Have fun sand-surfing, camping or quad-biking over the dunes in the Western Desert near Luxor, or just take it easy touring on a camel around the Giza Plateau.
To really get a feel for everyday Egyptian life, embark on a hiking adventure in the mountains and valleys of Sinai and enjoy at night with the local Bedouin tribes. Promising a night of fascination and insight, this is one of the most popular Egypt attractions.
Family Fun and Couples’ Holidays
Ideal for romantic getaways, Egypt has amazing natural treatments and spas that will leave visitors relaxed and in the mood for love. With local minerals taken straight from the Sinai sands and Red Sea, there’s a whole host of Egyptian treatments to try. Once you’re relaxed, enjoy some sightseeing around the capital city of Cairo and complete your day with a sunset cruise along the River Nile.
Families, too, will love the range of things to do in Egypt. Take the children to explore the beauty of Montazah Gardens in Alexandria or, if you’d prefer panoramic views of Cairo, enjoy a visit to Al-Azhar Park. For a fun-filled day that’s action-packed, visit the Crazy Water Aqua Park in Giza or the Aqua Blue Water Park in Sharm El Sheikh.
Egypt’s cultural attractions include the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which displays ancient artefacts including mummified animals and beautiful jewellery. The Papyrus Museum in the city’s centre is perfect for learning more about its past, while the Solar Boat Museum provides insight into how boats were buried by tombstones to help pharaohs travel into the afterlife.
In Alexandria, you simply must visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, which show how a wealthy family buried over 300 hundred members of its family underground – a truly fascinating day out for all!
If you’re in Aswan and you love a little shopping, the Aswan Souk is a vibrant market place that sells African and Egyptian goods that are perfect for gifts. It also offers the perfect change to show off those haggling skills you’ve been working so hard on.
Hacienda Bay’s Andrea is an exclusive venue that serves great food, has a dance floor to show off your best moves to music that’s played by both resident and international DJs. Located on the hip north coast of Egypt, Andrea is a part restaurant, part dancing venue with selective entry rules, so be sure to make reservations beforehand and dress the part.
If you’re relaxing in the Red Sea Riviera during the day and want to let loose by night, there’s only place to be – Hurghada’s Papa’s Beach Club. Playing Ministry of Sound beats each and every night, along with appearances by international guest DJs, there’s no doubt you’ve got the ingredients for an incredible night on your hands. Ladies can get in for free before 11.30pm and they spin a range of music from hip hop to reggae. Wednesday nights are foam party night in Papa’s Beach Club so you’ll definitely want to take along your bikinis and trunks!