Egypt has long held the imagination of people all over the world. With its pyramids, mummies, a colourful mythology, and powerful god-like pharaohs, this comes as no surprise. And yet with such a vast country with so many different points of interest, it can be hard to know where to start, especially for a first-time visitor to Egypt. After you’ve applied for your Egypt Online Visa, the following list can help you find out what are the most touristic sites in Egypt to visit.

1. The Pyramids (Giza)

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Perhaps Egypt’s most well-known attraction, the Pyramids at Giza are the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Guarded by the mysterious Sphinx, the Pyramids were originally intended as the final resting place of the pharaohs. Built nearly 4,000 years ago, just how these pyramids were built still remains largely an enigma. Though they are missing their original paint and some of their treasures, these ancient tombs are still as impressive as they were in ancient times.

2. Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings (Luxor)

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Another Egyptian treasure is Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Both of these attractions are located within the modern Egyptian city of Luxor, which was also once the site of the fabled Thebes. There are loads of sights to contemplate while you’re in Luxor. There are tombs and temples to explore on the West Bank, whereas the East Bank of Luxor brims with locals and bazaars.

3. Aswan

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Perhaps one of Egypt’s most quiet towns, Aswan is located on the banks of the Nile. It is truly a spectacular place and because it is surrounded by endless orange dunes, sunset and sunrise here are memorable. And given the town’s relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to rest for a few days before planning the next leg of your trip. Elephantine Island and the monastery of St. Simeon are located close by for those in search of the next adventure.

4.  Abu Simbel

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Though Egypt is dotted with ancient temples, Abu Simbel is something special. Built thousands of years ago by Ramses II, the entire temple was moved to its current location in the 1960s by UNESCO to save it from being inundated by the Aswan dam. The temple is easily recognised by the massive stone statues standing guard at its entrance, imposing their power and grandeur up to the present day.

5. The White Desert (Farafra)

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For travellers looking for something off the beaten path, the White Desert offers the perfect escape from temples and tombs. Oddly-shaped chalked mountains have seemingly risen out of the desert here, creating what looks like a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert. There are icicle- and iceberg-shaped formations here which are sure to spur the imagination of anyone whose interest is piqued by curious geography. If that sounds like you, look no further than this desert.