Everyone likes to travel and everyone deserves a vacation away from all the city hustle. If you are one of those people who like to spend their vacation in a quiet place then visiting Siwa oasis in Egypt is definitely a must for you. A new interesting experience you will never forget.
The Siwa Oasis is an urban oasis in Egypt between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea in the Western Desert, the isolated oasis is about 650 km from Cairo.
Siwa Oasis doesn’t receive the millions of tourists as Cairo, Giza, and Luxor, even though today Siwa Oasis is becoming more of a tourist destination because of its unique culture and fascinating history.
Siwa Oasis is the most distant Egyptian oasis from the Nile Valley which gives you the privacy and quietness you seek.
If you decide to finally travel there you could use the guide of the experts, booking your tour with an Egyptian tour company will assure you to have the ultimate Egyptian adventure and will offer you a guide to share with you the unique experience of this little paradise.
Here are 10 things you should visit when you are there.
1- Abu Shrouf Spring: Bring your swimsuit; you’ll be swimming in the dessert! However Siwa Oasis is in the dessert you will be able to swim in one of the largest and most beautiful springs in Siwa, crystal water that you can see its bottom with the fish swimming around.
2- Kegar Well: A natural hot spring, water can reach over 60 degrees, it feels like a hot Jacuzzi in the desert. Scientists have proven that the Kegar well contains minerals similar to those found in the springs of Karlovy Vary in Switzerland, that the water can cure some diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatism, very recommended for a hot bath relaxation after a long day.
3- Ride local transportation: local tricycles are very popular in Siwa, a funny and interesting way to take a tour around the place and mingle with local people.
4- Sand Boarding: You’re in the desert, you gotta sandboarding! The great sand sea is known as the world’s third-largest dune field, you must plan a day to spend it in this interesting place.
5- Adrere Amellal: Means “White Mountain” in Siwan language. The World most unusual Eco lodge, Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Siwa and stayed here for two nights! They even have a suite with his name. Hand-built rooms without electricity, the eco lodge is built entirely with mud and salt, only candles light. The food comes exclusively from the eco lodge organic garden. A perfect quiet spot for your peace of mind.
6- Dakrour Mountain: A very good view for Siwa as it is the highest point there. Around 3 km southeast of Siwa Oasis. You can enjoy the view from over there, the landscape of the palm trees, the sand and the most beautiful thing to watch is the sunrise from the top. People come from all around the world during the summer months to be interred in sand baths which have properties of healing rheumatism. The sand bath lasts approximately 20 minutes and you are buried up to your neck in the hot desert sand; the process is usually repeated for any aching part of the body for 3 to 5 days, and it’s amazing. The mountain has a touristic event that is held every year for three consecutive days usually in the middle of October, during the festival all Siwan citizens gather to camp at the base of the mountain for the three days eating together and talking with each other to diminish any touches or conflicts between themselves and open a brand new page for the next year. Do not forget to bring your hat and your sunglasses so you can enjoy this without any troubles.
7- Cleopatra’s Bath: A stone pool fed by a natural hot spring, where the Egyptian queen herself is said to have swum on her visit to Siwa. One of the most famous attractions there. Very good for a cool refreshing bath after a hot day.
8- The Mountain of the Dead: The Mountain contains a number of tombs dating back to the 26th Dynasty during the Ptolemaic period, one of the beautiful places you can visit in Siwa and you can go all the way up the hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the oasis from the top.
9- The temple of Oracle: Most famous by “Temple of Amun”, now more known as the Temple of the Oracle because of Alexander’s visit when he conquered Egypt. It is actually one of two temples dedicated to Amun at Siwa. Oracle temple is unique in that; it is the largest temple in the oasis, it includes a total of 45 different separate chambers. It’s preferably to book a tour to the temple with a tour company as the temple is not always open. Instead, it is available for viewing on an on-demand basis.
10- Fatnas Island: about 6km from Siwa Town. An isolated lake surrounded by palm trees, you can just sit there to watch the sunset or to enjoy the sunrise, an experience you don’t want to miss.
Siwa Oasis is known by its primary crops, dates, and olives we definitely recommend you to try them, the best you will ever have.
Of course, you can’t forget to buy some beautiful souvenirs for your family and friends back home, maybe you can buy something for yourself too. Siwa people are famous for their excellent craftsmanship and gleeful patterns, just ask local people and they all are like your guide to the best handmade souvenirs.
Traveling to Egypt should be your number one on the list for the cities you should visit, and traveling to Siwa is one of the most beautiful and interesting trips that you will never forget.