Cairo.co.uk » Places To Visit http://www.cairo.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:18:46 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9 en hourly 1 A holiday for the whole family to Sharm El Sheikh. http://www.cairo.co.uk/120/a-holiday-for-the-whole-family-to-sharm-el-sheikh/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/120/a-holiday-for-the-whole-family-to-sharm-el-sheikh/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 10:05:14 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=120 Sharm El Sheikh offers some of the amazing historical sites that Egypt is famous for, however, in addition to this, there are some truly beautiful modern buildings, hotels and facilities to be enjoyed here. This town has been brought forward in to the 21st century very well and has become a fantastic tourist destination being one of the most popular resorts in Egypt. Sharm El Sheikh is located on the edge of the Red Sea and therefore offers some of the most amazing diving spots in the world. There is plenty to see and do here, for the whole family, and a truly wonderful holiday will be had if it is spent here.

When you want to arrive at your holiday resort it is probable that you will want to relax and the perfect place for this is the Oriental Spa and Hammam. Here you will be treated like a goddess with lots of different treatments on offer, whether you want a facial or a massage you will find that the staff here are friendly, polite and always offer a brilliant service. This is a fantastic place to relax, particularly for parents, as you can have a nice break from the norm and unwind, ideal if you’ve had a long travel to arrive or just want to return back home rested and relaxed.

For fantastic diving visit the Ocean College Dive Centre that offers some of the best diving train in the whole of Sharm El Sheikh. Here you will be able to gain the necessary licences to enjoy some of the best dives that this country has to offer. They will train you in many different activities here ensuring that you are confident before you head out in to the sea. This centre is in Naama Bay and is a short journey from Sharm El Sheikh, one that is worth every minute.

If you want to explore the depths of the desert then you will find quad biking a fantastic way to do this. Always ensure that you have the necessary travel insurance before partaking in this activity. This is a particular favourite activity with the males in the family and men, young and old, will love getting to grips with these machines. Head out in the late afternoon for the best temperatures and the chance to watch the sun set over the desert.

While enjoying your holiday in Sharm el Sheikh be sure to spend at least one evening relaxing and gazing at the stars. The landscape here is amazing and this makes it the ideal place for some star gazing. You can even find some companies that offer you access to the best locations to do this and will provide you with a guide and all the equipment that you could ever want for an amazing experience out in the open.

You will find plenty for the whole family to do here and whether you want something exciting, filled with adrenaline or even just a week or two filled with pure relaxation then Sharm El Sheikh is the perfect destination for you.

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Khan El-Khalili http://www.cairo.co.uk/98/khan-el-khalili/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/98/khan-el-khalili/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:09:11 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=98 What visit to a large foreign city would be complete without a visit to their eccentric shopping centers or ancient craft shops to receive something of antiquity or tradition? Or maybe you seek something modern to bring back as a tourist from a foreign land to show off to everyone. Old and new, artistic and bulk materials, cloth and stone, you can find all of those things in Egyptian souks. Khan el-Khalili is one of these areas, and a major one of the city and the region itself. Here you can find many of those lost and unknown objects you may have been looking for.

Back in the late 14th century, towards the end of it, the reigning Emir built a facility called a caravanserai, basically a place of rest, relaxation, and entertainment. Essentially a wayfarers in, for rest upon long journeys or just a place to get away from things for a while. At the time in 1382, much of the area had been destroyed by the black death, and as such when the city was being repaired by the ruler, the Khan was built and formed into use.

As given by its name and being a major district for shopping there exists an innumerable amount of personal small shops and large facilities throughout the center. Coffee is a major beverage of enjoyment so you will not lack for that when there are many varieties of coffee houses present here as well. Many of these are small and traditional, offering Turkish coffee blends and brews, as well as offering the Shisha, the famed 3 stemmed hookahs, for smoking your smoke of choice; typically a blended tobacco purchased from another vendor.

As is with many of the largest shopping districts, everything is typically accessible with as little travel as possible. You cannot only get everything you want here, but get TO everywhere you need. After recreation and other festivities, a journey over to the local Mosque, Al-Hussein. It is inside Khan itself, and there is a university and its Mosque as well very close by. As can be seen, everything is literally at your fingertips in Khan el-Khalili.

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The Egyptian Museum http://www.cairo.co.uk/91/the-egyptian-museum/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/91/the-egyptian-museum/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:25:54 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=91 Once known by its proper full name of “museum of antiquities”, it is now known simply as the Egyptian Museum. Here is one of the most famed museums world wide, nestled into the ancient city of Cairo, amidst the ruins of dynasties and the times of kings. Any museum in such an area would by default have a reputation to live up to and need to impress those who entered. The Egyptian museum rises to the occasion and flies right past it.

Being at the center point of thousands of years of dynastic change and structures being built, Egypt has such a large wealth of archaeological discoveries and finds that continue to be discovered now and will be far into the future. The Egyptian museum of course has become the largest possessor of pharaonic pieces, larger than any other in the world. This is to be expected but what they also have in the same vein as the rest of the treasures, but a little more known, are the remnants of Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is because of such a sordid history and mystery surrounding those particular pieces, that tourists have their attention diverted to it from all corners.

The current location of the museum has been its resting spot for over 100 years now. Prior to that many of the structures relics had to be moved from its prior facility in 1878, in Boulaq, to a facility in Giza because of some unexpected flooding that destroyed much of the property. Originally situated near the Ezbekeyah Gardens, it started out small until their benefactors deemed it too small to house further exploratory finds, and went on with building a larger facility.

Divided into two floors, the antiquities are arranged in such a fashion, that one would progressively go back in time and lineage of dynasties the further down the line they went. Level 1, the first floor, has many pieces of currency from all corners of Egypt and its many areas, as well as some from around the world at the time. New kingdom artifacts and tablets are housed here as well, items which typically are much larger than the coins and many pieces of papyrus lining the walls and display areas.

Start out in the beginning and enter, travel through to the beginning of an empire. The Egyptian museum is indeed a journey back in time.

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Visit The Giza Pyramid Complex http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:45:55 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=35 When many of us picture in our minds ancient Egypt, we conjure up images of great pyramids, sand dines, and desert landscapes. Sometimes, a specific pyramid comes to mind, even though many of the burial complexes were in Valleys and other areas across the Egyptian landscape. We often picture the Great Pyramid, and the surrounding facilities and structures. This, is what is known as the Giza Necropolis.

Consisting of a few structures, the complex covers an ample space of land. The Great Pyramid, known by some as the pyramid of Cheops, is the central focal point of the complex when remembered by many. There exists a smaller pyramid of Khafre South West of the Great pyramid; While the Sphinx, the great massive animal and human combined. A few hundred meters beyond Khafres tomb, exists the pyramid of Menkaure. Amongst these mainstays and very visible structures exists a scattered grouping of smaller pyramids, queens pyramids, Valley types, and causeways.

Existing as the only structure showing any of its original casing of polished limestone, Menkaures Pyramid is the most intact. Khafres facility has a grouping of the stones at its Apex, still retaining some of that renowned limestone casting. The great pyramid became, in Hellenistic times, a popular location, gaining it status as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

People also think that the pyramids are off in this remote portion of desert, unable to be traveled to without extensive travel; but they would be wrong. That was something happening with their popularization during the Nineteenth century and many of the photographs that came out of that era. They didn’t show anything of the surrounding area, and only showcased the complex itself. It is actually in, and part of the largest city in Egypt, Cairo.

All of the pyramids at the Great Pyramid location, Memphis, Dashur, and a few others were declared a World Heritage Site. That means, it is a precious complex, of value to the entire world, declared so by the UN. The Giza Necropolis holds some of the most ancient civilizations secrets, and as such should be revered and protected.

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Ras Mohamed National Park http://www.cairo.co.uk/31/ras-mohamed-national-park/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/31/ras-mohamed-national-park/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:25:01 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=31 Located in the Gulf of Aqaba in Egypt, the Ras Mohamed National Park is one of the few parks around to still protect and preserve marine habitats and life. It’s filled with lush habitats and wildlife along with hundred of different species that are both thriving and on the verge of extinction. Backed by the EEAA or the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Ras Mohamed National Park helps to secure not only rich environments for these species to thrive, but reproduce and live healthy life’s.

Habitats of salt marshes, inter-tidal flats, coral reefs, mangrove communities and desert habitats marine and terrestrial wild life are given the best care an animal can have. Many small secrets lay hidden in Ras Mohamed, just one being the wondrous amounts of marine and coral life.

Waters rich with nutrients are swept across from the Sinai Peninsula from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. Because of the overwhelmingly large amounts of water going through Ras Mohamed, and the amounts of nutrients the waters carry, this makes for naturally created, rich and fruitful food environment for the habitats to flourish from.

But not only are the waters exceptional for the marine and coral life, but for those who love to scuba dive. Numerous dive sites can be found in and around Ras Mohamed, many of them exceptional and almost fantastical. If one wanted to scuba dive, visiting dive sites such as Jackfish Alley and Yolanda Reef would be enough to leave divers with a feeling of excitement. Divers could marvel at the sites of over 1,000 species of fish like; tuna, barracuda, grouper and even a wide variety of shark life.

One can be left astounded by the rich environments Ras Mohamed has to offer by both land and sea. With part of the land area having once been apart of the peninsula, the southern most tip offers visitors the chance to find fossils of former marine and coral life. The most amazing part of Ras Mohamed lies in the water though and by taking a dive it’s easy to understand why. Aside from the diving, a visit to the sand dunes or a walk along the waters edge will bring you closer to nature just by watching the birds overhead and sun bathing along the coast.

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The Valley Of The Kings http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:16:49 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=27 The valley of the kings exists in Egypt as one, if not the largest, burial places of Egyptian royalty and nobility. It lasted for about 500 years, when every king was buried within the Theban Necropolis at the site. It stands opposite of Luxor, on the banks of the Nile in what used to be ancient Thebes. The site complex itself is continuously being excavated, and at last total the area encased a sum total of 63 tombs, with sizes ranging from a small, few feet in diameter pit area, to massive complexes by themselves containing hundreds of rooms. It is to be expected, in some way though, having been the burial spot of the nobility of the New Kingdom. Opulence is still shown in the tombs, though the majority of them have been robbed and pillaged.

The entire area has existed for quite sometime as a large scale excavation and archaeological expedition by multiple countries. The knowledge that can be gained, and the mysteries unlocked keep explores going, and governments and private contractors spending money on the digs. Multiple countries finance digs here, and some work together; yet there are those in competition as any other field to find the biggest and best discovery. That is most likely to continue with further discoveries being made on a regular basis.

The most popular and known find in the Valley was most likely King Tutankhamun, who most label as “King Tut”. Around the turn of the century, after having gone through many excavations and been declared barren, the famed expedition team led by Howard Carter, financed by Lord Carnavon, continued onward in the previously discovered tombs. Not long after the century shifted, they broke through a set of final walls, and came into the presence of the Sarcophagus and its famed and familiar gold covering. That is one of the moments sealing the Valley of the Kings into memory of the common populace.

The years ahead will most likely find more and more secrets, and tombs of lost kings and their families. Who knows, maybe we will find some long lost knowledge beneficial to our modern time? The Valley of the Kings; remaining a source of secrets for ages to come.

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The Suez Canal http://www.cairo.co.uk/22/the-suez-canal/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/22/the-suez-canal/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2009 04:06:01 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=22 The Suez canal is a canal in the north connecting Port Said, and Suez, allowing travel and water passage between Europe and Asia. This avoids having to go all the way around Africa, thereby saving months of travel and expenses. Its around 120 miles long, yet at its deepest it is only 60 feet. The operation is under the control entirely of the Egyptian canal authority. The passing through here has proven useful and beneficial, connecting the Mediterranean sea to the Red sea and its northern connection at Suez.

The canal existed in one form or another for many millennia prior to its modern construction. It was historically known, at about 1300 BC, a west to east canal was built to connect the Nile, with the eastern Sea. It was built by Ramses the Second, or the Pharaoh directly post or prior to him, history is unsure at that point. The 1800s had some construction started by the French, but was quashed as Bedouin forces were sent to cause chaos with the work forces, all at the Behest of the British government, whom at the time were at the top of the Naval power chain in the world. It was remarked that the play was easily seen as a power grab, since they hadn’t cared about the forced labor on their own rail system in Egypt a few years prior. Work temporarily halted as shares in the companies involved dropped.

The french maintained a prime hold on the stock of the canal when it opened in 1869. after more than double had been paid for its construction. But, it was worth it to all the countries that used it, for it made the crossing of the world much quicker and direct. The British were also now able to go deeper into Africa and expand their empire further than it had previously been able to. Hence, the British had a constant post of support personnel and military at the site was listed as being Protected and run by Britain after the Constantinople convention in 1888.

There existed many periods of distress in the area and fights over who really owned it through what treaty. 1956 saw the return of the canal operation to Egyptian authority, and today the canal still operates with as much importance as it did form its foundation in ancient times.

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