Egypt Holiday Guide

Egypt Tourist Information


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Egypt or, The Arab Republic of Egypt, is bordered by the Mediterranean and is a favourite location for tourists who arrive in their millions to sample one of the world’s most interesting countries. Egypt is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa and the Middle East with the majority living near the banks of the Nile River. The legendary Sahara Desert is sparsely populated and most Egyptians live in greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.

The ancient civilisation has always proved a very popular draw for tourists who flock to see Egypts pyramids and cruise along the Nile. Egypt's facinating past is firmly routed in its most famous monuments such as the Giza pyramid complex with its magnificent Great Sphinx. There are fantastic though familiar ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, and Karnak. The Valley of the Kings just outside Luxor has long been a significant focus for archaeological study as well as curious tourists.

Alexandria is a focal point for tourists who visit Egypt. The second largest city, it has 20 mile Mediterranean coastline. Although very little of the old city remains, "Pompey's Pillar", a Roman triumphal column, is one of its most popular tourist attractions. Located on Alexandria's ancient acropolis, it was originally part of a temple colonnade.

Beneath the acropolis are the subterranean remains of the Serapeum, where the mysteries of the god Serapis were enacted. Alexandria has catacombs, re discovered in the 1880’s, Kom al-Shoqafa, these consist of a multi-level labyrinth, reached via a large spiral staircase with dozens of chambers and statues along with a Roman-style banquet room, where memorial meals were conducted by relatives of the deceased. The catacombs were long forgotten by the citizens until they were discovered by accident in the 1800s.

Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai Governorate is a popular tourist hot spot along along the Red Sea. It has become a very popular location for tourists who stay in large resorts whilst scuba divers from all over the world travel there to enjoy the underwater scenery and its calm warm waters.