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Holiday Destinations #11: Egypt


One of the cradles of civilisation, Egypt is a popular holiday destination unlike most others, in the massive diversity of its options for the holiday maker. If you want to catch the sun and enjoy a beach holiday, you can do that. If you want to soak up history rather than rays, then that is certainly an option too. In between the two, Egypt is an excellent introduction to Africa for people whose tastes are European by nature.

Anyone who wants to be overwhelmed by the history of a location need only seek out the Pyramids of Giza. The last remaining example of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are an architectural wonder, built millennia ago (admittedly using no shortage of slave labor) and something that really needs to be seen to be believed.

The pyramids are standing tombs to some of the great Pharaohs of Egypt, and the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually the largest man-made structure on Earth for a period of nearly four millennia. Neighboring the Pyramids, the Sphinx is another example of ancient Egyptian architecture which is noted for its epic scale and aesthetic brilliance.

If, on the other hand, you have no head for history and fancy a beach holiday with some diving thrown in, then Sharm El Sheikh is one of the world’s most popular beach holiday destinations, and with good reason. This is an option for anyone who likes aquatic sports – and if you have had your fill of beaches and of pyramids, then it is also well worth visiting Cairo, the capital city – a modern city with a historical twist.

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