3 off-the-beaten-path places to explore in Egypt

With imposing Pharaonic temples, austere pyramids and fascinating sand-covered tombs, a visit to the magical land of Egypt truly brings out your adventurous side. As a tourist in this historic country, you get to pay homage to Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, where the famous tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered. What’s more, you get to feast your eyes on the gleaming finds in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, as well as take a leisurely boat ride along the Nile, and visit an ancient waterside temple. For a heavier dose of fun and adventure, you may take a thrilling hike in the desert, and look for the traces of Rome’s trading posts. Indeed, Egypt is a treasure trove teeming with natural wonders, historic gems, and one-of-a-kind architectural beauties.

A visit to this mystical destination, though, involves more just gazing on the exquisite tourist offerings of Cairo, Nile and Luxor. Known as one the world’s most popular desert destinations, Egypt also has a plethora of tourist magnets that are relatively unknown to many travelers. From the exciting jeep safaris in Hurghada to the eerie tombs of Beni Hasan, Egypt is rich in off-the-beaten-path experiences that are definitely worth trying.

A blissful desert adventure

Hurghada is, without a doubt, one of the best hidden treasures of Egypt. Tucked away on the Red Sea Coast, this tranquil town was once a small and unpretentious village that international travelers never bothered to lay eyes on. But amazingly, this laid-back secret has transformed into a gorgeous resort speckled with superb world-class beaches, and luxurious boutique hotels. Besides its wealth in beaches, the town is blessed with a colorful marine life and awesome underwater reefs.

Yet, for it its lovely underwater and beach offerings, most travelers come to Hurghada to get a taste of its desert jeep safari adventure. An adventurist’s delight, this outdoor trip is a spine-tingling, hot and bumpy adventure through the Sahara desert. With the desert jeep safari adventure, you will be hopping on a sturdy quad bike that will take you through the magnificent landscapes of Egypt at full speed. Plus, this trip allows you to enjoy a few cups of tea with one of the Bedouin tribes.

Hurghada Beach

A layoff in an archetypal oasis

Nestled against an awe-inspiring backdrop of rugged sandstone hills, the Siwa Oasis is arguably the most overlooked tourist destination in the country. An archetypal oasis, Siwa is blessed with flowing freshwater that springs supports to a multitude of fruit and olive trees in the area. Likewise, it supplies water to its beautiful date palms, which provide shade to the mud-brick villages of the valley, as they lumber in the splendid greenery.

Siwa Oasis

The Siwa Oasis is a serene respite that allows you to embrace its laid-back feel. Here, you get to relax and sit back, as you enjoy a cup of tea, or sample their shisha. In addition, it is a vast land with palm groves that invite you to take a casual stroll. To top it all off, it has dozens of springs where you can dip your feet, and cool down your senses for a while.

An archeological marvel

Beni Hassan is by far one the most intriguing archaeological sites in all of Egypt. An ancient cemetery located on Nile’s eastern bank, this archeological marvel houses over 30 strange but wonderful rock-cut tombs that are painted with significant biographical texts as well scenes that depict the daily life of the Egyptians in ancient times. Further, it is a burial site to some of ancient Egypt’s luminaries, including Khety, Baqet III and Amenemhet.

Beni Hassan

Many visitors travel to Egypt and only see the most famous and best-known areas. However, this is a just a sample of the amazing sites you can see if you venture slightly off the beaten path and delve into Egypt’s treasure trove of attractions.

Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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