Egypt

Travel in Egypt

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Ancient, exotic and fascinating, Egypt is a tempting proposition for any visitor. Want to see the sights? They don't get much more iconic than the Egyptian Pyramids and The Great Sphinx of Giza. Sports enthusiast? The Red Sea offers some of the world's finest diving. Shopping? Try the country's multitudes of bustling souks. Whatever your pleasure, an Egypt travel experience has you covered.

Things to do in Egypt

It would take forever to tick off all the adventures and experiences on offer in Egypt, so here’s our top 5 to help narrow down your choices:

La Tomatina Festival

Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.

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San Fermin

Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.

Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!

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Primavera Sound

Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.

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FIB Benicassim

Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.

Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival

Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.

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Islamic fortress of Alhambra

Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.

Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.

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Top 5 festivals in Egpyt

There are so many Egyptian festivals on the calendar you’ll need some help deciding where to start. As luck would have it, our guide to the best festivals in Egypt is just the job.

1. Cairo International Film Festival – This 10-day celebration of cinema brings together filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, writers, critics and movie lovers from around the world. Various venues showcase screenings of the latest flicks from the Arab world and beyond.

For more information on Cairo International Film Festival, click here.

2. Cairo International Book Fair – One for the bibliophiles among you, CIBF is one of the largest book fairs in the world and, with over 2 million visitors per year attending, you'll need to work quickly to secure those used book bargains. Expect book signings, readings from up and coming authors and plenty of heated debate.

For more information on Cairo International Book Fair, click here.

3. South Sinai Camel Festival – Several days of camel racing await the intrepid visitor who makes the trek to the South Sinai Camel Festival, held in the desert near Sharm El Sheik. Bedouin tribes gather from all over Egypt to pit their best beasts against one another to find the fastest camel. Whether you make like TE Lawrence and join in yourself is another matter.

For more information on the South Sinai Camel Festival, click here.

4. Sham El Nessim – Sham El Nessim marks the beginning of spring, and the Egyptians have been celebrating it for over four millennia. Any public space is fair game, as people gather throughout the country to feast on traditional foods such as lupin seeds, colourful boiled eggs and fesikh, a highly pungent preserved grey mullet.

For more information on Sham El Nessim, click here.

5. Cairo Jazz Festival – This 3-day festival takes place at Cairo Opera House, and features performances by popular Egyptian and international acts. There's also a series of workshops and master classes for budding young jazz musicians.

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Top 5 museums and galleries in Egypt

With such rich history to delve into, Egypt is cultural goldmine. Read on for our top 5 picks.

1. Egyptian Museum – Also known as Cairo museum, here you'll find one of the finest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in existence. Highlights include several mummies dating to Pharaonic times as well as The Gold Mask of Tutankhamun.

For more information on the Egyptian Museum, click here.

2. Mummification Museum, Luxor – Luxor's Mummification Museum is a one-stop shop with more info than you’ll ever need about the ancient Egyptian art of mummification. See the tools and learn the secrets, then check out various mummified animal and human examples. Just don’t try this at home.

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3. Coptic Museum, Cairo – This beautiful building houses the biggest collection of Coptic (Egyptian Christian) artifacts in existence, dating from the early days of Christianity in Egypt through to the present day. It includes frescoes, monuments, textiles and manuscripts as well as important Coptic works of art.

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4. Luxor Museum – It may be small, but Luxor Museum's collection of Egyptian antiquities packs a heavy punch. Highlights include various items from the tomb of Tutankhamun and a number of incredibly well preserved statues, but it's the two royal mummies that provide the real Instagram opportunities.

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5. Nubian Museum, Aswan – Located in Aswan in the Nubian area of southern Egypt, this striking purpose-built museum showcases Nubian history from ancient times up to the present day. It's set amidst beautiful gardens packed with fascinating Egyptian flora – bonus.

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Weather in Egpyt

The vast majority of Egypt is a desert, where temperatures soar to 50C with frequent sandstorms. So not surprisingly, the vast majority of the population live on the country's coastline and in the fertile Nile valley, where you'll find most of its major cities. Located on the tip of the Sinai peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh weather is hot and dry, and virtually guaranteed sunshine makes it a popular place for those looking to top up their tan or take advantage of the excellent Red Sea diving opportunities. The weather in Cairo is hot and dry, while cooling Mediterranean breezes mean Alexandria weather tends to be a little fresher. Most people choose to visit Egypt from October to May to escape the searing heat of summer.

Cairo Weather

Alexandira Weather

Luxor Weather

Aswan Weather

Egyptian food

Modern-day Egypt inherited its cuisine from the Ancient Egyptians. Wholesome, simple and flavoursome, it makes heavy use of beans, pulses and vegetables, as well as the ubiquitous Eish baladi, a pita-like flat bread. Spices are used relatively sparingly here, while common meats include rabbit, chicken and pigeon, the latter specially reared for consumption and considered a delicacy.



Egypt Food

Egypt Food

Kushari – Egypt's most popular street food is a veritable carb-fest consisting of rice, macaroni, lentils and chickpeas with tomato-vinegar sauce, and trying it is one of the most essential things to do in Cairo. Garnish with a little hot sauce and optional crispy onion.

Best eaten at – Koshary El Sabah, 51 Qasr El-Aini Street, Cairo

Hawawshi – Question: What do you get if you take some minced beef and onions, stuff them inside a pita then bake until done? Answer: Hawawshi, your new favourite street food.

Best eaten at – Hawawshi Eid, Sharia Saray al-Ezbekiyya, Cairo

Hamam Mahshi – The Pharaohs were fond of a pigeon, and this roasted dish of pigeon stuffed with cracked wheat and herbs is still an Egyptian delicacy to this day.

Best eaten at – Farahat, 126 Al Azhar Street, Cairo

Ful medames – This Egyptian breakfast staple consists of simmered fava beans with oil, lemon juice and garlic, often served with sliced hardboiled egg.

Best eaten at – Felfela, Hoda Shaarawy, Bab Al Louq, Abdin, Cairo

Molokheya – This Ancient Egyptian dish is a slightly bitter green soup made from minced jute leaves, cooked with corriander and garlic then served over rice with chicken or rabbit. It's one of Egypt's national dishes, so it should feature on any good Egypt travel 2016 itinerary.

Best eaten at – Abou El Sid, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate

What to pack

What to pack for Spain?

Sunscreen - Because it's really, really hot and sunny in Egypt.

Sunglasses - Did we mention how hot and sunny it is here?

Conservative clothing - It pays to be respectful of local customs, so ladies should consider covering up knees and shoulders.

Flip-flops - Egypt is a desert. Just saying.

A camera - You don't want to come away from a trip to Egypt without a thousand pictures of the pyramids and the Sphinx, do you?

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