The gargantuan pyramids on the Giza plateau are Egypt´s biggest lure, and despite their unquestionable attraction, the land of the Pharaoh’s has many other mysteries to explore. Cairo is without a doubt on anybody´s to go list if this is their first visit to Egypt, and the enigmatic capital with it network of narrow alleys, lively bazaars and bustling bars are vibrant with atmosphere if not somewhat chaotic. Further along the Nile visitors will find the enchanting temples of Karnak, the defying architectural monuments of Helios and the ancient city of Memphis, the oldest in Egypt and the one-time capital. Then of course there is Luxor, another of ancient Egypt´s oldest city and the site with the most concentrated number of archaeological discoveries in the country, dominated by the dramatic towers of Luxor temple. Further south is the tranquil city of Aswan on the southern frontier and together with the coastal resort of Alexandria show you an exotic tropical side that is not often associated with Egypt. Of course a cruise along the Nile in the elegant Dahabbiya boats is another of the highlights and a less exhausting one at that and the colourful coral reefs off the Red sea Coast of spectacular aquatic scenery for snorkeling and scuba diving. You will also find plenty of fully-furnished accommodation in Egypt, villas and comfortable apartments.
When to go to Egypt
The best times to go to Egypt are in the spring between February and April and the autumn between September and November. The summer months are stiflingly hot and muggy and in desert regions and crowded cities can often be unbearable. In winter the northern climes can get chilly, although not necessarily cold, although the southern region around the Red Sea is very clement at this time of year and a pleasant time to visit for some winter sun.
Getting to and around Egypt
Egypt is well connected to the rest of the world and there are International airports all over the country which are within easy reaching distance of all major cities and your chosen Egypt accommodation. When travelling around cities tuks-tuks are the quickest and cheapest method. If you want to explore the country, buses are affordable and safe, although the train running from north to south is a pleasant way to see the countryside. If your budget allows it try to take at least one cruise down the Nile – but don´t worry about Poirot.
Renting holiday accommodation in Egypt
Although hotels are geared towards tourism and are generally safe, they are easy targets for touts and taxi driver to rip-off. Staying in a local Egyptian apartment or villa immediately gives the impression you are a resident and clued up with fares. Not only that, but the self-catering option is cheaper, flexible and allows you to experience an authentic Egyptian lifestyle, quite possibly with the smell of char-grilled kebabs floating in through the window. Finding accommodation in Egypt is easy with HouseTrip – just six clicks and you´re done.