Want to know what the most beautiful cities in Egypt are? Today’s post is centered on the most attractive places in Egypt, if you are a tourist planning to go have fun in Egypt then this list will be of great help to you in selecting the top best places to visit in Egypt.
Luxor is an Egyptian town built on the ruins of the city of Thebes, the capital of various periods of Ancient Egypt. Compared to Cairo, the population here is small: barely half a million people inhabit it. Like many major cities in Egypt, Luxor is also located on the bank of the old Nile, its climate is hot and dry.
The city of Luxor is known for hosting the great temples of ancient Egypt, and the best-known necropolises where many Pharaohs and nobles were buried. While in Luxor you do not want to miss the impressive Egyptian Temple of Karnak. This was built in the 15th century BC and the building has so much majesty that it makes you travel 3,500 years in time, to the time of its splendor. Also, you never want to miss the Valley of the Queens and the Kings where the most important Pharaohs of Egypt are located. Nor can you lose sight of the Colossi of Memnon, gigantic statues representing Amenhotep III.
To think of Egypt is to immediately think of its capital Cairo, which brings together the greatest archaeological secrets and the largest concentration of inhabitants: no more and no less than 20 million. A figure that places it at the head of the most populated cities in Africa.
There are few cities like Cairo, in the whole world. What is today a metropolis was founded in 116 AD. It is almost two thousand years old! And ancient Egyptians, Romans, Christians, Muslims and the Arab world have passed through it. Its name comes from the Fatimid Al-Qahira which means the victorious city.
Like other cities in Egypt, Hurghada is located on the Red Sea coast. This city also started as a small fishing village, today Hurghada is a tourist destination to enjoy quiet beaches with crystal clear waters and beautiful sea beds. One of the most important attractions in Hurghada is diving. Before we forget: we recommend visiting the lonely dunes of the city, this introduces you to a typical Egyptian adventure.
Getting to Hurghada is not difficult, the city has an international airport, so you can not only make a stopover from Cairo but it can also be reached directly from the airports of the main capitals of Europe.
Memphis was the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. This ancient city was founded around 3050 BC by the first pharaoh of Egypt: Menes. The ruins of the city are located 19 kilometers south of Cairo. Currently, in this area, there is the town of Mit Rahina, where there is a great sphinx and giant statues of Ramses II. Among the most important temples and mausoleums in this area are the Saqqara necropolis and the stepped pyramid of Djoser.
Aswan is another of Egypt’s cities on the banks of the Nile River. With 220,000 inhabitants, it is the third most inhabited in Egypt, and it is about 250 kilometers from Luxor. At the gateway to Africa, as Aswan is also known, you can visit ancient monuments, to enjoy its small islands and palm trees; Here you can also take cruises in the traditional felucca and delight yourself with the silhouette of the Nile. The city can be reached by landing at Daraw Airport, and then taking a taxi or bus to Aswan. A magical way to visit the city is to sail from Luxor down the Nile, heading south.
Lastly, on the list of the most beautiful cities in Ehypt we have Thebes. As we have mentioned, the ruins of this ancient city are in Luxor. From here you cannot miss the funerary temple of Hatshepsut. When arriving, what draws the most attention are its monumental columns, its harmonious terraces and its location between two -even more monumental- Egyptian cliffs. Take a good look at the reliefs of this temple, these engravings narrate the birth of Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Also don’t miss the Anubis Chapel and its polygonal columns.
Just 20 kilometers from Cairo is the city of Giza. Known for its three pyramids, the Sphinx and the rest of the necropolis. These constructions are more than 4,600 years old, and you notice it when you arrive because the hairs stand on end with these monuments. The great pyramid of this place is the only one of the seven wonders of antiquity that has survived to our time. Giza is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in Egypt you do not wish to miss. Its dimensions are colossal: 146 meters high and a surface area of 230 square meters.