Must-see attractions in Egypt

  • Stanley Beach


    On a tiny bay with the old Stanley Bridge soaring above it, this beach has a modest patch of sand for bathing backed by three levels of beach cabins. The…

  • King Farouk's Rest House


    East of the Great Pyramid of Khufu is a ruin of a different era: King Farouk’s Rest House, a grand neo-Pharaonic structure built in 1946 by Mustafa Fahmy…

  • Ezbekiyya Gardens


    The Ezbekiyya Gardens, designed in 1870s, were once considered among the finest gardens outside Europe. They once covered more than 20 acres, with exotic…

  • Nugrus

    Red Sea Coast

    The ruins of the actual emerald mines for which the region was once famed can be seen on the slopes of Nugrus, where the ground is littered with pottery…

  • Tanta Museum

    Cairo Outskirts & the Nile Delta

    The Tanta Museum is closed, and there's no known date for its reopening. If it is open though, it houses a good collection of artefacts found in the area…

  • El Qadim

    Red Sea Coast

    Located 7km north of Al Quseir in a small bay abutted by the Mövenpick Resort, this dive site boasts a complex network of interconnecting caves and…

  • El Kaf

    Red Sea Coast

    An easy plunge 10km south of Al Quseir that appeals to divers of all levels, El Kaf is a canyon pitted with small caves and passages, and accented by…

  • Garden of the Stelae

    Suez Canal

    Just southwest of Ismailia's museum is a garden containing a rather forlorn little sphinx from the time of Ramses II (1279–1213 BC). You need permission…

  • Shorbagi Mosque


    The picturesque Shorbagi Mosque lies at the heart of the old Ottoman Anfushi district. Built in the mid-18th century, it shows how salvaged remnants of…

  • Hurghada Public Beach


    Hurghada's public beach is not so appealing – it is often full of litter, and foreign women may feel uncomfortable about the attention they will attract…

  • Gawhara Palace & Museum


    South of Mohammed Ali’s mosque is the Gawhara Palace & Museum, a lame attempt to evoke 19th-century court life, but it’s most often closed. There are…

  • Al Fath Mosque


    On the south side of Midan Ramses is Cairo’s pre-eminent orientation aid, Al Fath Mosque. Completed in the early 1990s, the mosque’s minaret is visible…

  • Temple of Alexander

    Bahariya Oasis

    The Temple of Alexander, southwest of Bawiti, is one of the few places in Egypt where Alexander the Great’s cartouche has been found. Despite this fame,…

  • Karba Matthba

    Red Sea Coast

    The mysterious ruins of what must have once been a substantial villa or complex sit on top of an isolated desert ridge. From here there are incredible…

  • Mosque of Al Qaid Ibrahim


    This massive mosque, built in the 1940s, is a major landmark. It played an important role in the 2011 revolution as a gathering point for many of the city…

  • Old Police Station

    Red Sea Coast

    Originally an Ottoman diwan (council chamber), the once grand old police station on Al Quseir's waterfront is now a picturesque but dilapidated shell.

  • Public Beach

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Definitely not one of Sharm's prettier swaths of sand. Note that women swimming here in bikinis or other revealing attire are likely to feel uncomfortable.

  • Carriage Museum


    Houses a collection of carriages used by Egypt's royalty from Khedive Ismail to King Farouk. Like many of the Citadel museums though, it's often shut.

  • Arab League Building


    This building (a good landmark in the vast Midan Tahrir area) hosts occasional gatherings of leaders from around the Middle East.

  • Tomb of Ankhmahor

    Cairo Outskirts & the Nile Delta

    The tomb of Ankhmahor contains similar precise friezes to the Tomb of Kagemni, but is closed because of deteriorating conditions.

  • Mosque of Suleiman Pasha


    Sulieman Pasha, governor of Cairo's Janissary troops, built this small Ottoman-style mosque in the early 16th century.

  • War Memorial

    Suez Canal

    Suez's war memorial commemorates the Egyptian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel.

  • Statue of Mohammed Ali


    This statue of Mohammed Ali, Egypt's modernising 19th-century ruler, presides over Midan Tahrir.

  • Ruins


    This fenced-off area contains the very sparse ruins of an ancient Nabataean trading post.

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