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3. Red Sea

Just mentioning a trip to the Red Sea sends diving enthusiasts into spasms of envy. And with good reason.

The waters of the Red Sea are known for having great visibility and once you’re underwater, you can see everything from surreal coral formations, to masses of bright tropical fish and even some intriguing WW1 wrecks.Sharm el Sheikh, hippyesque Dahab and Hurghada are the most popular resorts for scuba diving.

4. Abu Simbel

Twice a year, morning sun rays shine directly through the inner temple cave of Abu Simbel, illuminating the statues of four gods seated there. If you’re lucky enough to see it, the spectacle will send shivers down your spine. 

The two massive rock temples, which are a Unesco World Heritage site, were built by Rameses II in the 13th century BC. Naturally, he decided to dedicate one of them to himself, and the other one to the favourite of all his wives, Nefertari.

5. Valley of the Kings

Ancient Egyptians believed in life after death, and so their burial rituals were elaborate. For pharoahs, this reached epic scales.

At the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, there are 63 royal tombs and chambers, carefully decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology.

The tomb of Rameses IV is one of the most spectacular. Three white corridors descend to the sarcophagus chamber where the ceilings are covered in pictures of ancient deities.


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Top 5 things to see and do in Egypt: From diving in the Red Sea to visiting the Giza Pyramids
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