Coral Reefs and Ancient History: Exploring Egypt

Coral Reefs and Ancient History: Exploring Egypt

Today I have a guest post about a fascinating part of the world, Egypt.  It offers so many things to see, do, and experience, it’s hard to know where to start.  Amanda starts with diving in the Red Sea.

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When vacationing in Egypt there are countless wonders to capture the imagination. From the natural coral reefs to ancient historical sites, Egypt will never fail to amaze.

Red Sea BeachDespite the geological structure of the Red Sea often constraining the development of coral reefs, coastal Egypt is rich in these wonderful natural formations. As a consequence of this, the area has recently become a hot spot for divers with the area around Sharm-el-Sheikh fast becoming one of the best dive sites in the world. The site boasts 65 km of long reefs which are among the most spectacular of any on the planet. Exploring the reefs around Egypt is not limited to this area with other sites such as Jackson Reef, Gordon Reef, Ras Nasrani and Ras Mohammed making the country a top destination for both experienced and first-time divers.

Not to be outdone by the natural formations found underwater; on land the Egyptian landscape is home to some of the most spectacular and well known historical sites anywhere in the world.

If you choose an Egypt vacation, make sure that a visit to Cairo is one of your top priorities. Not only will this give a unique experience of an Egyptian city this is also the area where both the Sphinx and the pyramids can be visited.

These ancient Egyptian sites are still standing and are among the most sensational of structures that can be visited anywhere in the world today. For visitors to Cairo there is also the chance to see the fantastic Egyptian museum. This is home to many of the treasures once owned by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s, such as King Tutankhamun’s gold chair, burial mask and ceremonial hat. For those seeking an understanding of these famous times the museum is a must.

The history of the country is not just constrained to Cairo, ensuring those exploring Egypt are able to experience different areas of the country. South of Cairo is Luxor, a spot which is rich in ancient history. Luxor is home to a variety of temples and tombs including such sites as the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor Temples. Luxor is also famous for the offer of cruise tours along the Nile – this can be an excellent way to view the country and take in sites of historical interest.

The home of bountiful coastal natural wonders and the fascinating history of the Ancient Egyptians, modern day Egypt is truly the most rewarding of African holiday destinations.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Amanda Hattersburg

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Amanda Hattersburg writes about everything travel related and in particular Egypt. She writes frequently on these subjects and enjoys guest posting on numerous blogs throughout the Internet.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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