How to experience the real Egypt

When you think of Egypt you think of sphinxes, pyramids and camels. Unfortunately, so does everyone else. Egypt is home to amazing archaeological wonders and a vibrant culture, but these attractions draw a massive amount of tourists each year. If you are looking to visit Egypt, but want to experience something different away from the crowds, take a look at some of our suggestions below.


Escape to the desert

If you want to get away from the hoards of tourists, jump on a jeep or camel and head out into the desert. There are a number of tours that can provide you with everything you need for a real Egyptian adventure. No matter where you stay, many tours will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the start of your desert safari. Enter the vast golden desert either on the back of a camel, or if you want something to get your adrenaline racing, navigate the dunes on a jeep.


Make some Bedouin friends

There are a variety of tours available that will take you to an authentic Bedouin camp. Here you can share a meal with a group of hospitable and friendly Bedouins. As you eat, you can watch the magnificent sunset, try some shisha and drink some traditional tea, then witness the main event. From the desert the night sky is void of light pollution and you can see the stars as you have never seen them before. This is a great way to get to know the Bedouin people and learn more about their history. Alternatively, if you want to explore the epic scenery of the Sinai, jump on the Bedouin Bus.  This bus is run by a not-for-profit organization and travels between St. Catherine and Danhab every Tuesday and Friday, and St. Catherine to Nuweiba every Wednesday and Sunday.


Get lost in Old Market

The old town of Sharm El Sheikh is a legendary market where you can embroil yourself in authentic Egyptian culture. Old Market is equally popular with tourists as it is with locals. This Egyptian bazaar is full of shoppers and traders, and if you are going to need be prepared to haggle. This isn’t a place to window-shop. Traders will approach you if you show signs of interest either in or around their shop, but this is part of the fun. You can work on your negotiation skills and pick up an array of great items for a bargain price. There are all sorts on offer here, from food to locally made jewellery and clothing. If you have had enough of shopping, find a café and take a load off with some shisha and tea, and watch the chaotic world outside pass by. You can either visit during the day, or if you want a more intimate experience, come in the evening.


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