Attraction in Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza consists of over 2 ½ million blocks of limestone, every one of them weights from 2 to 70 tons. It located on the northern edge of the Giza Plateau and about 10 miles west of Cairo. The base of it covers its volume is around 90,000,000 cubic feet and over 13 acres It is 454 feet high which is courses or steps to its head. Nowadays, with all our modern science and engineering skills available to us, we would not be able to build a Great Pyramid of Giza. In addition to the great pyramid there are two large pyramids .The smaller one due to the Kathrin’s successor the grandson of Khufu(Cheops).
The Sahara Desert
The Sahara desert,the hottest and the largest desert in the world, is a place full of challenges due to its extreme climate. Long endless miles of sand dunes and scorching heat. The Sahara desert is one of nature's wonders and has always mystified people with its vast stretches of sand. This desert is also home to a variety of plants and animals naturally equipped to handle the extremities of this area.
Sahara Desert Facts: The Sahara desert covers around 9,000,000 square kilometers and the overall area is as large as the continental United States. The Sahara desert also has the reputation of being the world's largest hot desert!
For an even more exotic touch, go to the Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal), held every morning at Birqash, around 35km (21 miles) from Cairo on the Western Desert fringe. A livestock market is also held every Tuesday morning at El-Hebel, a village 4km (2.4 miles) from Luxor.
Escape to Egypt's six oasis. The largest, Kharga, has a Berber community, temples and museums. Dhakla has hot springs and desert camel rides. The smallest is Farafra, an ancient fort town. Bahariyya is famed for olives and dates. Al-Faiyum has small pyramids and temples nearby. Along the Nile, felucca owners tout for custom; from Luxor, hire one for a brief sunset cruise to Banana Island or a trip upriver to Aswan. Hot-air balloon trips offer the best views of Luxor.
Hit the beach at Alexandria, 'The Pearl of the Mediterranean', which still attracts wealthy Cairenes as a summer retreat, although beaches are crowded in summer. Ma'amoura is a more liberal and Westernised beach, while Agami and Hannoville are cleaner and less crowded. Diving is possible on Montazah beach. West from El Alamein is coastal resort Mersa Matruh.
Explore the Red Sea region, revered for its spectacular diving, beaches, stunning coastline and vast deserts. Also in the Red Sea region, venture out into its desert playground, with four-wheel-drive and camel treks to historic St Catherine Monastery and adjacent Mt Sinai. Or if you're feeling energetic, the mountain is a popular climb to watch the dawn from its peak.
Go diving from Sharm el-Sheikh, the action-packed grand dame resort of the Sinai Peninsula, along with neighbouring Na'ama Bay. They are close to Ras Mohamed National Park, long-regarded as one of the Red Sea's finest diving locations for its reefs and drop-offs.
Unwind in Aswan, the gateway to Africa, and steeped in Nubian culture. The corniche provides attractive riverside walks. In the evenings, floating restaurants provide a lively gathering place. The Old Cataract Hotel is famous as the location of the film Death on the Nile.
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