Egypt is one of the most historically significant countries in the world. From the unbelievable architecture to the fabled tales of Cleopatra, its rich history has been passed down from generation to generation. One of the main reasons Egypt is such a desirable tourist destination is because most of the country’s historic landmarks were unaltered and well preserved, allowing visitors to get a true sense of Egyptian culture. Today, I will touch on some of my favorite and most recommended places to visit in Egypt.
The Great Pyramids of Giza
The Ancient Pyramid of Giza is the last of the seven wonders of the world to remain intact. Fully constructed by 2561 BC, it also happens to be the oldest wonder of the world. I feel like it goes without saying that if you visit Egypt, you must visit the pyramids, but in case that wasn’t a part of your plans, I suggest you adjust your itinerary because it is one of the most magnificent scenes you will ever witness. Originally built as tombs for Egyptian royalty, these monstrous memorials remain a mystery to archaeologists, as they cannot comprehend how structures this size could have been constructed that far back in history.
The capital of Egypt serves as both an ancient city full of history and a modern metropolis, which is why it is one of my top spots to visit. You can explore the historic mosques located within the Islamic district of Cairo. If you’re not a history nerd like me, you can party at any one of the popular night clubs that line the legendary Nile River. Regardless, Cairo should be included in your plans if you are visiting Egypt in the future.
Alexandria is the ancient city that was founded by Alexander the Great and served as home to Cleopatra, so its ancient history is unmatched by any other city in the world. The Egyptian city is often associated more with Europe than Africa, but it is still one of the highlights of my trip. It also served as home to another ancient wonder of the world. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the Lighthouse at Alexandria was built by Greeks around 280 BC and destroyed by the Crete earthquake of 1303. Nevertheless, the natural seaside beauty of Alexandria makes it a must-see attraction.