Until the 1980’s when a highway was finally completed connecting it to the coastal town of Mersa Mahruh, it was completely isolated from the rest of the country. Television and phones were introduced relatively recently here and the internet only with in the past few years.
There are an increasing number of hotels ranging from budget hostels to a 5-star ecolodge in the oasis and the tourist trade is now firmly rooted as part of the local economy, but this has not managed to affect to core of the Siwan way of life yet. It is a very conservative community.
Alcohol is banned and local women are rarely seen outside of their houses, it is very welcoming to visitors and the slow pace of Siwan life incredibly intoxicating.
oracle Alexander requested that his generals bury him in Siwa. The ruins of the temple are open to visitors today.
You must ask the guard to open these tombs and pay him a tip.
Here there is a spring where you can swim as well as a café. Views over the lake at sunset are spectacular.
It is full of towering dunes and beautiful vistas. Desert safaris in 4x4 will take visitors out for day trips, overnight, or on longer expeditions to visit the beautiful springs and rock formations within this vast a and empty expanse. A trip into the desert should not be missed during your time in Siwa.
It is best to wait to swim at the spring out in the desert.
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