The Giza Pyramids have inspired travelers to come to Egypt for thousands of years. Each year millions of people visit Cairo, Luxor, and the Nile Valley to see the temples, tombs, and monuments left behind by the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Visitors are also drawn to the stunning architecture and rich history of medieval Islamic Cairo and the legendary Greco-Roman legacy of Alexandria. However, despite of all of this history along the Nile Valley,
the areas to the east along the Red Sea and in the Sinai Peninsula, have become booming destination in their own right. This coastline has grown into a popular beach destination for tourists passing up the wonders of the Nile Valley for the calm blue waters of the Red Sea, white sand beaches, and coral reefs teaming with sea-life.
Coastal towns like Hurghada, Marsa Alam, and Ain Sukhna have grown into thriving resorts that offer the beautiful beaches and nearly year round warm temperatures. Off the coast several coral islands attract scuba divers and snorkelers and in the Eastern Desert visitors can now enjoy this imposing landscape on camping trips and quad bike tours.
The Sinai Peninsula also offers access to the crystal waters of the Red Sea as well as the historic expanses of the peninsulas interior. Sharm El Sheikh is a thriving resort town with beautiful beaches, thriving nightlife, and protected natural areas nearby that offer beautiful coral and sea life.
Further north in Dahab and Nuweiba the atmosphere is more relaxed, but the beauty of the Red Sea is just as accessible. From both places it is easy to access the interior of Sinai, where the Bedouin who have controlled these mountain for thousands of years show visitors the secrets of the desert as well as Sinai’s history including Mount Sinai and the monastery of St. Katherine.
After visiting the Giza Pyramids and Islamic Cairo and traveling south to take in the ancient monuments at Luxor and along the Nile Valley, there is still much to do in Egypt. In the west, the striking beauty and unparallel calm of the Sahara Desert offer the opportunity to experience the rich hospitality and unique culture of the Bedouin, who have called in home for millennia, but in the east Egypt’s long coastlines along the Red Sea and the Sinai Peninsula also have much to offer travelers.
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