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A Rendezvous With the History of Egypt
Ancient Egypt was the most important civilisation in the world. To this day, Egypt remains a significant focus of scientific and popular interest due to the great amount of splendid ancient monuments such as The Great Sphinx, The Valley of the Kings and many more. Traced back to the 6th millennia BC, Egypt witnessed some of the earliest developments in urbanisation and organised religion. The early Egyptians were farmers, who made pottery and weaved linen before moving to work with bronze, and around 3,200 BC, Egyptians invented hieroglyphic writing. It was during the first period of ancient Egypt that the great pyramids were built. However, the end of ancient Egypt and therefore the old religion, came with Christianity which meant the birth of a new Egypt. Modern Egypt on the other hand dates back to 1922 when it gained independence from the British empire as a monarchy. That is when the Arabs ruled, and Islam became Egypt's official religion with Arabic as its official language. However, Egypt does not fail to gather people from all around the world to marvel at its beauty and culture. Hence why it was considered the most populated country in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world.
A Peak into the Culture and Traditions of Egypt
Egypt surely transports you on a wonderous journey, diving deep into its culture and traditions. You can still witness the old traditions being practised in some areas, walk into temples and tombs-built thousands of years ago, where kings and Gods were worshipped. The Egyptian's modern mentality, while still holding on to its history, embraces new and advanced ideas for a more liberal ambience. Known for their hospitality and acts of service, Egyptians are cordial towards foreigners and visitors with the rise of tourism and upsurge in nightlife. Charming and always smiling, Egyptians are known for never turning you down when you need help. A fundamental aspect of Egyptians is their love for dressing up, socialising, feasting, and singing, ever since the days of the Pharaohs. In fact, a lot of ancient inscriptions depict them playing the drums and blowing into horns. Celebrations, feasts, services, and farewells of the dead, the Egyptians love to celebrate with food, drinks, and dance. Al Rababah, the Oud and the Tabla (Darbuka) are among the list of instruments you can hear in every Egyptian celebration. As for their fashion style, a wonderful mix of Egyptian clothes characterises the many cultures that crossed the Egyptian lands, such as the robes made of cotton, handmade jewellery and rich beautifully coloured embroidery from the Bedouins.
A Tour Around the Top Attractions in Egypt
Egypt offers many things to do, places to see, and experiences to cherish. The best way to explore the attractions and vibrant culture of Egypt is to follow in the footsteps of the pharaohs, kings, and gods of its ancient civilisation. While you are in Egypt make sure to make the most of your stay by booking in one of our wide selection of hotels with ALL-Accor Live Limitless. Explore the top hotels in Egypt like Sofitel Winter Palace in Luxor, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah, and Novotel Marsa Alam Beach Resort, where you can stay at the centre of the action and its lively adventures.
Discover the Underwater Wonders of Hurghada
As one of the best seaside destinations in Egypt, Hurghada has all the beauty and relaxation to offer. Lounge on the sand, dip in the crystal-clear water, take a Felucca (traditional sailboat) ride, or partake in the fun water activities, such as snorkelling and scuba diving. Another world awaits you below the surface, full of underwater wonder, so grab your snorkelling kit and dive into Hurghada reef. You can also find glass bottom boats to go for a quick boat trip. Planning a visit? check out the best hotels and resorts in Hurghada, for the best price.
Explore Aswan, the Home to Nubian Culture
Aswan or the land of gold, is a charming and beautiful land, visited by many for its warm climate and rare plants. More popularly known as the city that gave enough fodder and inspiration for a part of Agatha Christie's novel Death on the Nile, Aswan is home to the Nubians as well as Arabs who arrived after the Islamic invasion. Back in time, it was the main source for the Pharaohs to export Aswan's pink and black granite stones to build their pyramids. The Nubians still depend on handmade crafting and farming as a source of living, but many of the areas are well provided with hospitals, schools, and transportation systems. The other uninhabited part of Aswan is considered an archaeological area comprising the crocodile island and the elephantine island. This region previously formed a link of trade between Egypt and the rest of Africa. Tour Aswan and enjoy the beautiful Nile scenery by sailing in a traditional Egyptian felucca to discover Aswan's many attractions such as the Aswan Museum, the botanical island, the Temple of Abu Simbel, the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Nubian Museum. Do not miss visiting the Nubian Village with its coloured walls providing you with an artsy escape to the Nubian civilisation. Make Accor hotels in Aswan your starting point to experience the visual treats of this idyllic city.
Take in the Historical Charm of Cairo
Located along the Nile River is Egypt's capital and the liveliest city: Cairo. This dynamic metropolis features numerous heritage sites and landmarks that add to the charm and introduce you to the Islamic and Coptic histories, such as Al-Muiz Street, Amr Ibn Al as Mosque, and the Saint Semaan Monastery. Stay at one of our top hotels in Cairo and plan your nights around the diverse and beautiful food & nightlife in the city, from local to international cuisine in the famous neighbourhoods of Zamalek and downtown Cairo. For an unforgettable trip, Cairo's national museum of civilisation is a must-visit. It is the only museum in Egypt that offers its visitor a look at all the different historical periods that encompass Egypt. Lastly, a visit to Cairo is not complete without taking a ride to Giza's pyramids. Fascination is an understatement when you stand amongst these enormous structures that served as tombs for the Egyptian Pharaohs.
Explore the Nightlife and Resort Life in Sharm El Sheikh
Shining sun and beaches during the day, bustling streets, and city lights at night. The perfect mix of Sharm El Sheikh awaits you. Bask in the summer fun and water activities such as snorkelling, sailing and windsurfing, or try skydiving or parachuting from a helicopter. If you fancy a day in the nearby Sinai desert, where you can admire the Sinai mountains and the amazing St. Catherine Monastery, it is only a safari ride away. If you are a fan of relaxation, you are in the right place for Sharm El Sheikh is known to be home to the best wellness spas in Egypt. On the other hand, if you are in for a busy fun night out, plenty of local bars, nightclubs and beaches will accommodate you to dance the night away in Sharm El Sheikh's magical atmosphere. End your night in the comforts of any of our top hotels in Sharm El Sheikh.
Stroll Through the Open-Air Museums of Luxor
Also known as Thebes: the great capital of the Egyptian empire, and meaning 'the palaces' in Arabic, Luxor is home to innumerable ancient monuments. Amongst them you can find the 3,400-year-old Luxor temple, the Karnak Temple Complex, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the Colossi of Memnon. Discover this open-air museum city and continue your cruise to other different unmissable cities like nearby Aswan. Make some time to stop by Luxor's old market filled with amazing souvenirs, local products and handmade knick-knacks that reflect the country's atmosphere. It will feel like taking a small part of Egypt home with you. With astonishing architecture, Luxor leaves a mark on your holiday. The streets, the old houses, the temples all hold echoes of ancient times practically preserving the soul of everyone who existed on this land. Just like the souls of the Gods who used to be worshipped, the Karnak temple with its gigantic columns, stands tall to this day ever since the Pharaohs' reign. Make your visit even more memorable with a stay at one of the best hotels in Luxor with the best prices.
Discover the Famous Dishes in Egypt
Food is a large part of Egyptian culture. With a country as historic as Egypt, it is no wonder you can find some of the best creations and tasty food traditions. Starting with a popular Egyptian street food called Hawawshi, which is basically dough stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and a warm fusion of spices, onions, and garlic. There is no complete table without warm bread, known in Egypt as Fiteer Baladi. Order it and you can taste it on its own or be accompanied by whatever dip you relish. Appetise your way into the main mouth-watering dishes. Opening with Kushari: One of Egypt's favourite street foods. Made up of rice, macaroni, and lentils. Topped off with tomato sauce, garlic vinegar and garnished with chickpeas and fried onions, it is a carb lovers' pleasure! Another main dish authentically Egyptian is the Molokhia. No wonder molokhia is a dish famous around many parts of the Middle East, it is incredibly tasty and nutritious. It is comprised of very finely chopped Molokhia leaves which is a green leafy plant very similar to spinach, alongside white rice and lamb shanks. You can find a lot of variations to this dish all over the region but do not miss out on tasting it the Egyptian way! Satisfied after a plentiful course, you will crave some sweet savourings. There is nothing better than the traditional Basbousa and Om Ali. Basbousa is a semolina cake with yoghurt, very easy to prepare and very tasty to eat! Sprinkled with nuts and drizzled with syrup, you can feel your mouth watering just by the sight and sweet smell of it. Moving on to Om Ali which refers to 'bread pudding.' It is made with bread, pistachios, raisins, and coconut flakes all soaked in sweetened milk! Crispy, sweet, and crunchy. And not to be missed! You can also explore all available F&B offers and promotions at some of the most sought-after restaurants and dining outlets in our hotels in Egypt.