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Pure beauty awaits in Egypt

Now is the perfect opportunity to explore many Egyptian wonders in a serene atmosphere


By Johannes Makar

I remember my first impressions of Egypt quite well. When I was young, setting my first footsteps in the arrival hall of Cairo Airport implied endless encounters with those archetype tourists you’d only expect to see in parody movies. Fully equipped with Indiana Jones-like clothing, and an enormous sense for adventure, masses of tourists flocked to Egypt on a daily basis.

Whether their final destination was an all-in resort at the Red Sea coast, the sandy facades of ancient temples in Upper-Egypt or the deafening streets of Cairo, almost always, they were surrounded by many a fellow holidaymaker.

Yet, for the traveller who likes to get lost in a previously unexplored world, travelling to Egypt was a frustrating activity. Today, however, three years after the outbreak of the Arab Spring-branded developments in the region, Egypt’s tourism industry has been shaken severely.

For this reason, the masses have decided to stay away, and world-famed temples and fairytale bazaars have been left behind empty. Although it is distressing to those making their money from the industry, it forms a temporary opportunity for those who ever dreamt of wandering (virtually) alone around many a fabled site.

 

The dungeons of the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria beckon its visitors to explore its hidden hallways (Photo by Johannes Makar)
The dungeons of the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria beckon its visitors to explore its hidden hallways
(Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city. (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city.
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city. (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city.
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Few tourists make it to Luxor these days; those who do are mostly Egyptians (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Few tourists make it to Luxor these days; those who do are mostly Egyptians
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Go to the enchanting peaceful desert lands around the town of Bahriya and get lost in its silent beauty (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Go to the enchanting peaceful desert lands around the town of Bahriya and get lost in its silent beauty
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo's ever-rumbling streets (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo’s ever-rumbling streets
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo's ever-rumbling streets (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo’s ever-rumbling streets
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Get a taste of Nubian hospitality in Aswan (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Get a taste of Nubian hospitality in Aswan
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Ever wondered why the Nile is considered Egypt's source of life? Take a feluca on the Nile and enjoy the magic of the journey (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ever wondered why the Nile is considered Egypt’s source of life? Take a feluca on the Nile and enjoy the magic of the journey
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

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