This country is often one of the first African countries that comes to a lot of people’s minds as its history is undeniably fascinating. Egyptian Civilisation was in a league of its own being home to one of the oldest seven ancient wonders. Egypt Is situated on the Northeastern side of Africa by the Mediterranean Sea. Its neighbouring countries are Sudan, Libya with Israel and the Gaza strip. The capital city is Cairo and the currency used is the Egyptian pound (EGP).
Fun Fact! The Egyptians invented the 365-day calendar!
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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.
The people of the country are known as Egyptian. The official language is Arabic but English and French are also commonly spoken in the country.
Now it goes without saying and I’m sure many of you know that Egypt is packed with everything a holiday maker could want. With culture and history to explore to tranquil beaches to relax on. If you’re in the capital, Cairo why not check out:
Cairo Egyptian museum is home to an extensive collection of ancient artefacts, what better way to get to learn about Egyptian culture? The Abdeen palace museum and Islamic art museum are also a great visit.
Al Manial Palace (A palace and museum, showing a glimpse of 19th century Egyptian royalty)
If you’re looking for something on a budget whether a souvenir or some new clothes why not visit the city’s most popular bazaar, Khan-el-Khalili. Here you’ll be able to find different pieces of artwork and traditional pieces.
Explore Gezira island (An island on the Nile river) and for the culture why not see what different shows are on in the Cairo opera house.
The pyramids of Giza, this only surviving ancient wonder is a site to marvel like. The pyramids to this day are a resemblance of ancient Egyptian style, genius and culture.
Visit the UNESECO World heritage site of Abu Mena, an ancient Christian city.
The city of Luxor is also breathtakingly beautiful. With the ancient city of Thebes, this world heritage site allows you to explore Egyptian civilisation at its height of glory.
With world heritage site and beautiful wonders scattered around the country why not check with your check online or ask your hotel what some unknown local attractions are.
Rituals and Culture:
90% of the country are Muslim with the second biggest religion being Christianity. Football is the most popular and official sport of the country.
In Egypt two things can be seen accompanying most meals, bread and meat. But there are a lot of vegetarian options our there too, let your waiter advice you on what is available to you. Some Egyptian specialties include: Ful Medames (a traditional breakfast made with fava beans into a stew, eaten with egg or bread), Koshari (Rice, macaroni, lentils, chickpeas and onions – vegetarian option) and Mahsi (vegetables stuffed with rice)
– Tap water is not safe to drink
– Protect your skin! This country’s makeup is mainly desert and so you can imagine how hot the country can get. Remember to stay hydrated and pack lots of sunscreen on.
– Modesty is a must, especially as a woman. As the country is a Muslim country, foreign women and men should dress modestly to respect the culture.
– Pay up. be aware that tourists must pay to take photos inside tombs and pyramids