The Pyramids are the last remaining Seven Wonders
Located just outside of Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still standing to this day. Comprised of three pyramids, the Great Sphinx and other well-known ruins, the complex is truly an overwhelming sight. Visiting the pyramids requires one full-day minimum to truly get a sense of the history and scope.
Egypt’s Nile River is the world’s longest river
Spanning 4,135 miles, the Nile is famous as being the longest river in the world (although some would argue that designation goes to the Amazon). The Nile is the lifeblood and primary source of water for Egyptians. For travelers, there’s nothing quite like experiencing the river by cruise or felucca, a traditional sailboat. Cutting through Cairo, the Nile is home to some of Egypt’s best temples, tombs and palaces like Karnak, Edfu and Philae.
It’s home to beautiful beaches
Beaches may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of Egypt, but the country is home to miles of beautiful windswept beaches and turquoise waters. Located in eastern Egypt, the Red Sea Riviera is a great place to go diving, swim with dolphins and go underwater fishing. With year-round sunshine, this area is perfect for a visit any time of year.
You’ll find plenty of vegetarian dishes in Egypt, where the cuisine focuses heavily on rice, vegetables and legumes. Falafel (known as ta’meya), made with fava beans instead of chickpeas, is a common breakfast food, while molokheya is a rich green soup made from the finely chopped leaves of the jute plant, served with rice or bread. Wash it all down with a strongly brewed cup of mint tea!
The official language is Arabic
The official language in Egypt is Arabic, while many Egyptians also understand English or French. Learn a few key phrases in Arabic like marhaba (hello) and shokran (thank you). Egyptians are a very warm, sociable people, so even if you don’t speak the language, they are willing to strike up a conversation and offer you directions or assistance – even if you didn’t ask for it!