Written by: Diasia Robinson
I’ve just returned from spending 7 incredible days in Egypt and after exploring a few cities, the verdict is in; I love Egypt! Here are 5 reasons why you need to add Egypt to your bucket list and start planning the trip of your dreams! I went during the holy season of Ramadan, so it was truly a special and sacred time to be there.
The Rich History
From the catacombs, to the pyramids, to the Nile River, history is everywhere. There are so many opportunities to learn about the incredible artistry and architectural skills that the Egyptians possessed. There are also a ton of museums like the Egyptian Museum that I went to, which hosts mummies and gold that Kings were buried with thousands of years ago.
I have never been to a place that reached 106 degrees F, nor have I ever ridden on a camel through this kind of heat. If you enjoy the warm weather, then Egypt is for you. Warm weather is expected because you’re in North Africa after all, and what’s nice about Egypt is that you can find some great coastal cities, like Alexandria, to explore near the water. There, they have rooftops where you can grab a seafood lunch and catch a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Hospitality in Egypt is incredible. Everyone is accommodating and very helpful. I was often spotted and beckoned to come into shops, so you may want to be selective on who you stop and have conversations with.
Visiting during the holy season of Ramadan means that most people are fasting, so it is a sacred time. Everyone was friendly and willing to talk about how the fast was going within their families, and it’s such a pleasure to hear what they have to say about fasting being so meaningful and transformative in their lives.
As many areas are policed or guarded, I actually felt very safe wherever I went.
I am not exaggerating when I say that there is so much to see in Egypt! I was aiming to squeeze everything in 6 days, but to do that and still have a semi-relaxing trip was nearly impossible. In just a week, I went to the city of Giza to visit the Djoser Pyramid, The Pyramid of Menkaure, Pyramid of Khafre, Great Pyramid of Giza, The Sphinx, and more. Then I was able to take a day trip to Alexandria to see Pompey’s Pillar, The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, and The Citadel of Qaitbay, and the El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque. Even with all of these activities, I didn’t have enough time to visit the highly recommended city of Luxor, but I will when I go back!
With this in mind, I would recommend visiting Egypt for 10 days minimum, because there is really a lot to see. I can’t wait to go back.