7 Reasons Egypt Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

Because it's got sooo much more than just the pyramids!
7 Reasons Egypt Needs to Be on Your Bucket List
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By Mai Iskander -

1. Beaches, beaches, beaches!

Number one on the list has got to be the beaches in Egypt! 

Whether it’s the cities on the gorgeous Red Sea with the most colourful corals and fish... 

...Or the cities on the Mediterranean Sea with crystal clear water like the North Coast...

....you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable vacay.

2. Khan El-Khalili

If you’re planning on visiting Cairo then this major bazaar district is a must-go-to destination. With shops selling souvenirs, antiques, and jewellery, along with traditional coffee shops and restaurants, you’ll never get tired of walking around.

Finally copped a gaudy galabeya

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Don't bother me while I'm bargain shopping#souk

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3. Felucca Rides

You absolutely cannot skip a Felucca ride in the Nile River. The relaxing sailboat ride is often described as the best experience in Egypt, it will get rid of any stress  and put you at peace.

#aswan #egypt #nile #rionilo #felucca

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#Sailing the #Nile in a #Felucca #travel #aussieabroad #egypt

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4. The Food

The foooood!

Seven words: koshari, stuffed vine leaves, molokhia, foul, and falafel. I rest my case.

Koshari Mısır’a özgü vejeteryan bir yemektir ve "koşari" diye okunur. Mercimek, soğan, sarımsak, pirinç, nohut ve makarnanın karıştırılıp üzerine acılı domates sosu vede kızarmış soğan ilave edilmesi ile yapılır. Mısırda çok popülerdir. Tabiki en önemli sebebi ucuz ve doyurucu olmasıdır Koshari It's Egyptain dish made of rice, macaroni and lentils. Topped with tomato vinegar sauce and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. This food very popular in Egypt; because it is cheap and stodge food #food #foodlover #foodknowledge #vegan #veganfood #vegetarian #vegetarianfood #egyptfood #koshari #yummy #tasty #delicious #gourmet #gastronomy #yemek #yemekaşkı #leziz #lezzetli #mısırmutfağı #gurme #gastronomi #gurmeakademi

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5. The People

Egyptians are definitely some of the friendliest people you could meet. They’re known for their hospitality, chivalry, and for always having a smile on their faces no matter the conditions the country might be going through. They’re always looking for ways to help, offering what they can, regardless of how little that may be.

An Argentinian blogger, Valentina Primo, travelled to Egypt and shared her thoughts on Egyptians through a post on Facebook, saying this:

"They tell you #Egypt is not a safe place. They tell you that planes crash, that there is sexual harassment, and conflict is on the rise. But they don't tell you that the girl you met in a café while trying to find your way will offer to host you for weeks and weeks until you find your own place. They don't tell you that there is a seaside town where hotel keepers will offer you a backpack, and even their shoes to climb Mount Sinai, if you forgot to bring yours. They don't tell you every bride that crosses your way will invite you to tag along her wedding. They don't tell you that a random stranger will ring your phone at 2am to tell you he found your purse under a bridge, after seeking through every detail to find a number to call. They don't tell you that there is a small town close to Sudan, where people will open their hearts and homes with the sole purpose of opening their hearts and homes. They don't tell you that in Egypt, you are never really alone."

"خد أنت، أنت صورتني قبل كدا. صورني صور عشان رمضان بقى"

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#humansofegypt

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6. The Shows

If you haven’t watched a belly dancer or a tanoura show, you’re missing out! 

More cliche tourist things! #Egyptianfolklore

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7. Transportation Methods

Many Egyptians ride vespas, in fact, it's not an unusual sight to see a 5-person family riding a single vespa.

#vespaegypt#everydayegypt

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Hantoor carriage rides are pretty popular as well.

And so are tok toks!

Tok-tok-ing #elgouna #buzzhabeach #sand #toktok #egypt

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And, of course, there's always the infamous camels!

Disclaimer: you can't actually ride them in the streets to school or work. (Bummer!)

Best day of my life wearing my favorite t-shirt my brother give me @josueesco camel riding in Egypt

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Seriously, Egypt is such a beautiful country with so much to offer, and if you haven’t been there yet, you need to book your tickets and visit ASAP!