Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
Egypt is gratuitous in ancient wonders and modern culture. This list compiles the historic, the cultural, and the natural wonders of the must-visit country currently making more history.
El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
This gentleman caught my eye from his stool in the back of the store as I wandered through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, and he beckoned me to come in. Thinking of my already overstuffed suitcase and still a bit skittish...
At Nasser’s stables, I hoist myself up into the saddle of a mottled Arabian mare. She’s small, but spirited, and we canter for a while into the dark gray void that appears abruptly at the edge of Giza and doesn’t end until it spills into the...
Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Bab Zuwayla was part of the original walls of Cairo built in 1092. The Zuwayla gate is one of the most well known landmarks in the city and is also one of three remaining gates of the Fatimid dynasty. This historic gate contains twin towers, each...
Abu Tesht, Qena Governorate, Egypt
Walking in deepening twilight past a towering obelisk, and then through the Hypostyle Hall and colonnade of 134 massive pillars—10-12 meters tall—capped with stylized papyrus and calyx, into a broad solar court, I was able to envision only the...
El-Fishawi, El-Fishawi Alley, خان الخاليللي، الجمالية، قسم الجمالية، محافظة القاهرة، Egypt
In the heart of the Khan El Khalili souk in Cairo is El Fishawy coffee and tea house. Stop in for a mint tea, a plug of hookah, and some people-watching. It's a popular tourist spot, but it's one place to sit back and watch the market happen.
Aswan Governorate, Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza are very impressive and rightfully earn their wonder of the world title. But then there's Abu Simbel. The site has, well, personality. Ramses II is present at every turn, as is his wife Nefertari. Four giant likenesses...
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