Friday, May 14, 2021

Things To Do In Egypt

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  • For the foreign traveler, there is much to do in Egypt. In addition to visiting and seeing the ancient temples and artifacts of ancient Egypt, there is also much to see in each city. In fact, each city in Egypt has its own charm of things to see, with its history, culture, activities, and people who are often different in nature from those in other parts of Egypt.
  • Cairo, for example, has so much to do and see. In addition to the history of ancient Egypt, there is the history of the Romans, Greeks, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, the Ottomans, and finally the history of modern Egypt.
  • Jewish and Christian History To learn more about Egypt’s Christian and Jewish history, visit a local tourist office and ask for the names of local churches and Jewish synagogues. There are at least two Jewish synagogues dating back many years, when Egypt had a few hundred thousand Jews in the country, who eventually left when Israel was created.
  • There are plenty of old and very interesting churches scattered in various parts of Cairo, such as central Cairo, Heliopolis, Korba, Shubra, Abbasiya, Zamalek and Maadi. Some of these churches have been in existence for several hundred years and their architecture is similar to that of churches in Western countries, often built by Europeans who did much of the city’s architecture in the 19th century, as a nod to the modern buildings of Europe at that time.
  • Modern Cairo If you want to see modern Cairo, try walking through the streets of Zamalek, Maadi, Mohandiseen or Heliopolis where you can see some of the most modern buildings and experience the Egyptian way of life.
  • Local cafes and restaurants For a friendly time, try sitting in one of the local coffee shops where you can meet and chat with other Egyptians. There are many cafes and restaurants throughout Cairo, all catering to different tastes and backgrounds and ranging from very cheap to very expensive.
  • Local brands including Coffee Roastery, Cilantro, Grand Cafe and Costa Coffee are among the many local chains. Generally speaking, you can find a café or restaurant in every neighbourhood in Cairo.
  • Sports and Leisure Clubs: If the heat is too hot, you can visit one of the famous sports clubs, such as the Gezira Club in Zamalek or the Seid Club (known in English as the Shooting Club) in Mohandiseen, where you can swim in the pool or sit in the shade and comfort of the trees and lush gardens. Entry for foreigners can be obtained by purchasing a day pass for 20 to 30 Egyptian pounds, which allows the person to enjoy all the club’s facilities, including all sports. There are, of course, changing rooms and restaurants in the club where one can have a meal or a drink after engaging in any activity.
  • Nightlife: If you like nightlife, there are a number of nightclubs and discos where you can drink and dance to some of the most modern tunes in the West, as well as listen to Arabic music. Music ranges from dance and trance to hip hop, rap, techno, rock and pop. These clubs are usually located in five-star hotels or in neighborhoods such as Mohandiseen and Zamalek.
  • Here are some examples: The Cairo Jazz Club (mohandiseen) Purple (on a boat in Zamalek) Hard Rock Cafe (inside the big hay hotel in Garden City) The Obergine (pub and bar in Zamalek).
  • Adventures in the desert: For more adventures, try to go to the Haram district in Cairo and look for stables. There you can rent a horse for a few hours and go horseback riding, or even ride a camel in the desert near the pyramids and the Sphinx. The best time to do this is at night, when you can see all the stars shining together in the sky and capture the magical feeling of the place. You will be accompanied by a local guide who will accompany you on another horse or camel. You can also join a group of other people or groups of friends who, like you, love to ride horses in the desert near the pyramids.
  • Nile Boat: Try taking a Feluca boat (a small boat that can carry up to 20 people) on the Nile from Cairo. Here you can experience the beauty of the Nile and the surrounding landscape, where you can see the city, its buildings and streets from the water. Depending on the weather, you can do this by day or night, but you should go to the Giza district and walk along the Nile Corniche and ask one of the locals to rent this boat.
  • Islamic Cairo / Fatimid Cairo: If you are interested in Islamic architecture and history, you should go to Islamic Cairo, (El Gamalaya district or Khan El Khalili). There you will see many buildings and some mosques and you will see how buildings and houses were built in the Islamic period of Egypt. There is also a souk or (bazaar) where you can buy many different souvenirs and items.
  • Alexandria: Since the foundation of Alexandria in 332/31 BC by Alexander the Great, “the Pearl of the Mediterranean” has been one of the most important places in Egyptian history. After the death of the King of Macedonia, the city developed under the Ptolemies to become the intellectual and cultural center of the entire Hellenistic world. Great scholars have lived and worked in the Museion.
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