A question to our fellow travelers: what first pops into your head when you think of Egypt? Like how do you picture tourism in Egypt?
Probably the River Nile, the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, and many other magnificent Ancient Egyptian sites. But, wait! There’s more, way more!
Known as the most popular tourist country in the Arab World. Let alone being the cradle of Ancient Egyptian Civilization, there’s more in Egypt than meets the eye. And tourism in Egypt has much more to offer to tourists. Alongside the overwhelming archaeological sites that are second to none.
Today, Egypt has a spectacular bounty of historical, cultural, natural, and adventure spots. That travelers will have to keep coming back to make sure they never miss a spot.
So, buckle up, we’re going on a virtual-hiking tour around Egypt to explore two hidden gems of tourism in Egypt.
The New Face of Tourism in Egypt
Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Activities
Calling out thrill seekers out there, there’s never been a better time to come to Egypt! Here’s the next big thing in tourism in Egypt. Packed with some of the world’s most exhilarating unmissable spots. Egypt quenches your thirst for adventure and outdoor activities. This including snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, mountain climbing, and hiking, to name a few. Wondering where you can go and get your adrenaline pumping? Let’s start with the North Coast, particularly Porto Marina. Where the highest water touch bungee jumping site in the world and the only one in Africa and the Middle East can be found- and it’s amazing.
Now, everyone is big on kite-surfing in Egypt, probably because the pristine turquoise waters, the gentle wind, and the golden sun mix well. For an unforgettable kite-surfing experience, Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, El-Gouna, and El Ain Sokhna are popular among Egyptians and tourists as well.
In case snorkeling and diving is your thing, there are plenty of outstanding underwater sights including those on the Red Sea Coast where an exceptional marine life lies beneath the crystal warm waters. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins playfully swimming and leaping alongside – this is a recurrent favorite scene to adults as well as to kids. However, if you are after something a little more dangerous, tourism in Egypt has gone far beyond the ordinary and invites you to unleash the adrenaline rush with diving in one of the top 10 divers in the world and one of the most dangerous diving hubs, The Blue Hole of Dahab.
How does hiking then camping with a cozy barbecue/bonfire party sound? Marvelous, isn’t it? For those who have itchy feet, a real sense of adventure awaits for you in Egypt where you get to backpack, hike in inhabited deserts, maybe climb some mountains, and sleep in tents where only the bright stars light up the nights. Here are our picks, The White Desert in Farafra Oasis, Taba’s Colored Canyon, Cairo’s Waadi Degla, Marsa Alam’s Wadi elGemal, and the Blue Desert in Sinai Desert.
We almost got carried away talking – and actually- indulging in adventure and adrenaline-charged hotspots in Egypt. However, we would really love to shed some light on medical tourism.
Medical Tourism in Egypt
Adventure tourism in Egypt may be the next big thing, but medical tourism has always been there. Perhaps previously, it wasn’t properly promoted, but that’s not the case in recent years. In fact, Egypt has announced establishing the biggest therapeutical entity/ medical tourism city in the Middle East and Africa. Apart from this mega project, the potential of medical tourism in Egypt lies in its diverse set of destinations of nature-healing characteristics, such as the hot sands of Darkour Mountain in Sinai where you can bury yourself up to the neck, Safaga and its curative black sand, and hot sulfur springs in El-Dakhla Oasis. Aside from the treating areas, Egypt hosts a bunch of wonderful R&R meditating sites.
So, yes, Egypt is best known for its rich historical and cultural heritage– the very first thing that nurtured tourism in Egypt. However, this isn’t the whole story! We highly recommend that shake up your standard Egypt itinerary and take a plunge into different experiences, be it adventure or medical tourism. We promise you won’t regret it; in fact, we promise you the best time of your life.