After spending a week or so exploring the ancient ruins and bustling souks of Egypt you may have some time to spare. Perhaps a few days or just an evening, and you’re wondering how to make the most of it. Whether you are an outdoorsy traveller, history buff, culture vulture or food lover, here are our top recommendations.
For outdoorsy travellers: Camp out in the desert
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Cairo and venture off the beaten track into the Western Desert for two nights. First stop is the Bahayriyya Oasis, from where you then travel across expansive landscapes by 4×4 passing incredible wind-hewn rock formations that rise from the desert floor. By night set up camp, enjoy a desert dinner prepared by local crew and sleep under a blanket of stars. Awake in the morning to the sun rising across the desert sands before returning to civilisation.
For history buffs: Explore El Alamein
Learn more about the modern history of Egypt and the role it played in the Second World War on a day trip to historic El Alamein. Set on the Mediterranean coast, it was here that some 13,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives in two extended battles. Row upon row of grave stones and memorials commemorate the lives of the British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought here, and there is an enlightening local war museum exhibiting war memorabilia. Inside there are five halls, each dedicated to a country involved in the war, with uniforms, weapons, models and records on display.
For culture vultures: Pop over to Alexandria for a day
If you want a tad more culture before or after your tour, head to the coastal city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. Once at the centre of the Ancient World, this modern city still contains remnants of its prestigious past, from the network of ancient Roman catacombs sprawled under the city, to the monolithic red granite Pompey’s Pillar and the massive 15th century Citadel of Qaitbay. Discover all of these sites and more in Alexandria before returning to the capital.
For food lovers: Try Egyptian cuisine at Sequoia
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a delicious meal in a gorgeous setting on one of your free evenings in Cairo? Without a doubt, Sequoia Restaurant is the place to be. Overlooking the River Nile, this is a wonderful place to enjoy local food (or other international cuisines) or smoke a shisha pipe with a sundowner in hand. A popular place amongst the locals you are sure to see a mixed crowd here, and is an ideal spot to unwind while enjoying superb views of one of the world’s most famous waterways.
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