Egypt, as most of us know, is a country steeped in archaeological wonder, with the likes of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx reminding us of one of the world’s first great civilisations.

These days, the country attracts ancient Egypt enthusiasts and tourists alike, with its hot African weather, endless archaeological wonders and bustling cities.

The current strength of the pound is also making travel a little more affordable than the last couple of years – something many Brits are taking advantage of this year. So, where should you visit in Egypt?


Egypt’s capital city is a vast metropolis that has to be seen to be believed. It is the largest city in Africa, and the 16th largest metropolitan area in the world.

The chaos of Cairo takes some getting used to, but any trip to Egypt has to include the city that blends modern life with ancient culture.

Despite being formed in the 10th century AD, Cairo has close associations with ancient Egypt thanks to its proximity to Giza, Memphis and Fustat.

These ancient sites are a must-see on any visit to Cairo, but be sure to go to the city’s main museum to see a collection of artefacts not matched anywhere else in the world.


We all think of the Pyramids when we think of Egypt, but that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of archaeological splendour.

Head to the city of Luxor, upriver from Cairo, for a wealth of ancient monuments, temples and tombs. Dubbed the world’s greatest open-air museum, Luxor has ancient sites dotted throughout the city, interspersed with modern life.

Sharm el-Sheikh

A popular destination for tourists, Sharm el-Sheikh is a city located on the southern coast of the Sinai Peninsula, on the Red Sea.

A fairly small city, Sharm el-Sheikh is known more for its holiday resorts than anything else. So, if you fancy taking it slow, and avoiding the overwhelming throng of Egypt’s other cities, this could be the place for you.

(Images: Ricardo Liberato, Raduasandei, MrSnooks, Marc Ryckaert)

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Oonagh ShielContent Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!

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