There are few countries as fascinating as Egypt. This is a country that has an incredible history to discover with many breathtaking millennia-old monuments to behold, but there is much more to Egypt than this and visitors are often amazed at just how much there is to see and do here outside of the pyramids.
There are a few obvious highlights that you certainly shouldn’t miss, but read on for a few of the off-the-beaten-path attractions which will provide you with a more authentic experience during your time in this magnificent northeast African country.
Sultan Hassan Mosque
The Sultan Hassan Mosque on the capital city of Cairo is a breathtaking sight to behold and one of the largest religious buildings in the entire world. The 14th-century mosque has stunning interiors and architecture to marvel at with many historians claiming that the mosque uses some of the same stones that were used to construct the Pyramid of Giza. Of course, Cairo itself is a must-visit and there are all kinds of highlights to discover here and it is somewhere with both history and culture to enjoy.
Medinet Habu in Luxor is the mortuary temple of the legendary Rameses III, who was the second Pharaoh of the twentieth dynasty and a key figure in the New Kingdom of Egypt. Inside the temple, you will discover intricate hieroglyphics that describe the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples and it is one of the best-preserved temples from the New Kingdom period, so it is certainly worth a visit.
If you are seeking sun, sea and sand during your holiday to Egypt, then Hadaba Beach should be the top of your list. Somewhat of a hidden gem in the lesser-known resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hadaba Beach boasts beautiful azure waters, golden sand and idyllic surroundings which makes it the perfect place to chill out and recharge after exploring other areas of Egypt.
Temple of Hatshepsut
Found on the west bank if the iconic River Nile near the Valley of the Kings and beneath enormous imposing cliffs is the Temple of Hatshepsut – the Eighteenth Dynasty Pharaoh. It is considered to be one of the more striking architectural masterpieces and one of the best places to visit in Egypt but one that is often missed by tourists.
Abu Simbel Temple
The Abu Simbel Temple, also known as the Sun Temple, south of Aswan is a striking sight to behold and one of the more unique temples in Egypt. Commissioned by King Rameses II, the enormous temple is carved into the side of the mountain and features four imposing statues of Rameses himself as a showing of his political power.
Aga Khan Mausoleum
Also located in Aswan is this more modern tomb of Aga Khan III – the 48th imam of the Ismaili sect who passed away in 1957. Inspired by the architecture of the Cairo Fatimids, this is an elegant and attractive mausoleum made from pink limestone stands tall overlooking the River Nile and beyond.
Considered to be the site where the prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments, Mount Sinai is a beautiful part of Egypt and somewhere of deep historical and spiritual significance for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is a great place to visit during a trip to Egypt as it is a remote and peaceful place where you will find the world’s oldest continuously operating Christian monastery at the foot of the mountain.
Egypt is a terrific country to visit with an amazing amount to see and do with these being just a few of the lesser-known highlights that are worth checking out.