Situated in North Africa, Egypt is a bridge between the Middle East and the African Continent. This country has been the meeting point of numerous civilizations: Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, the English and French have all passed through.
The hustle and bustle of Cairo, capital of Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza or the Temple of Luxor will submerge you in the ancient legends and fantasies of this magical land of the Pharaohs, replete with history and mystery.
Visit this beautiful and exotic country and let yourself be seduced by its majestic pyramids, good weather, the warmth of its people, the art of bargaining and fascinating belly dancing shows it is famous for.
Description of the area
The city of Giza is situated on the west bank of the River Nile and forms part of the Great Necropolis of Memphis, the largest in ancient Egypt.
It is also the home to the the 3 pyramids Keops, Kefren and Micerinos, which were built 4,600 years ago and are the most famous and impressive in all of Egypt. Fortunately we can still admire these magnificent constructions today; along with other funerary monuments, ornate mastaba rock tombs, and Khufu ships.
Egyptian cuisine combines the best traditions of the Middle East, with influences from Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey. It is based mainly on indigenous vegetables, as meat has traditionally been expensive and fish limited.
The national dish is Kushari, probably the most popular among all social classes, and which is made with pasta, rice, chickpeas, chopped garlic and seasoned tomato sauce.
As in the rest of the East, main dishes - known as mezze - are very popular. We could mention the cold main dishes made with a sesame base, Tahini, a chickpea base, Hummus, an aubergine base, Baba Ganouche or the hot main dishes made with a broad bean base such as Falafel/Taameya or Foul.
Of course, we must not forget bread, aish baladiis an essential part of the Egyptian diet. Also to be noted is the typical soup molokhiyya, as well as the different types of kofta and kebab and stuffed pigeons.
Egyptians also adore sweets and some of the most typical are Om Aly, kunefa, muhalabiyya and baklava. And as all this spread may make us extremely thirsty, we can try the best natural fruit juices such as mango, guava, strawberry, as well as Karkade, made from hibiscus flowers, and shai nane, which is served with mint leaves.
Egyptian Museum: houses the greatest collection of objects from the age of Pharaohs until Roman times
The Great Pyramid or Keops Pyramid: the greatest ever built and the only one which is still one of the 7 Great Wonders of the World
Khan-al-Khalili: market built in 1382
Islamic Cairo: an extensive and labyrinthine district from Medieval times. • The Coptic district: this was the Christian refuge until the Islamic era
The Saqqara Pyramids, a total of 14 pyramids, which are also the site of greatest papyrus find, and the
Cairo Tower, which was commissioned by President Nasser in 1961 with the sole aim of convincing the Egyptian people of their capacity to undertake a project of the magnitude of the Aswan Dam.
The Cairo Opera House: is the largest cultural venue in the city
Souk el Gamal Camel Market, a centuries old tradition of buying and selling camels from faraway places such as Sudan or Ethiopia, for racing or for their meat.
Giza Zoo, spacious gardens with indigenous species in danger of extinction
Cruising on the Nile: in any of the various ways on offer
The Fayoum Oasis, a place known by the Romans as Crocodrilopolis due to the abundance of crocodiles
Alexandria: the dream of Alexander the Great is now a seaside port
Khan-al-Khalili: in its bustling backstreets, all types of products are on offer, handicrafts or curiosities, making this market one of the greatest attractions both for tourists and locals
Egyptian Cotton: known world-wide for its long fibres, which make it softer and more resistant. It can be found in the Wekalet El Balah, El Azhar or El Saad districts.
City Stars: situated in Heliopolis, this is the largest urban complex of this type in the East and in Europe; with its 3 international hotels, offices, residential skyscrapers with 210 apartments, 21 cinemas, 2 theme parks and more than 643 shops and restaurants distributed over 750,000 m2.
Antiques or furniture made to order: in the elegant neighbourhoods of Zamalek and Maadi you can find many antiquarians and small stores where numerous curiosities are hidden.