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Explore the cities in Egypt you can’t miss on your trip

by Juan José Herranz | July 22, 2019
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Inevitably, Egypt is linked to its pyramids, its temples and that immeasurable River Nile. But Egypt is much more than that: it’s a destination that you must be prepared for. We must be prepared to see with our own eyes its cities that are diverse yet united by a common denominator: the trace of a culture whose legacy escapes human understanding.

If you’re going to be visiting Egypt, you’re in the right place. We review the essential cities in Egypt to visit to make it less daunting.

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Summary of the main Egyptian cities

What are the largest cities in Egypt? What are the names of the major cities in Egypt? What are the biggest cities in Egypt? Egypt has some of the most fascinating cities that blend history, culture and modernity all in one.

Cairo, the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Egypt, has an urban life and impressive Islamic architecture and the Egyptian Museum. Alexandria, a representation of Ancient Egypt cities, will offer you beautiful beaches and a blend of Greek and Egyptian cultures. Luxor, a city in southern Egypt, will show you the Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Theban Necropolis and the Temple of Hatshepsut. In Aswan, you will find the Aswan Dam, the Temple of Philae and the temples of Abu Simbel. Lastly, you can relax and enjoy the water and sun in Hurghada

Cairo, the capital of Egypt with history and the unexplained

The 20 million inhabitants of this Egypt city justify the sense of chaos that one has no other option but to set foot in inside the capital. The most inhabited city in Africa not only has inhabitants, but also many things to see: the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museumone of the most important archaeological sites in the world—or the pyramids of Saqqara and Memphis. The Citadel, the Mosque of Sultan Hasan, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and the Mosque of Al Rifa'i finalise this infinite list.

Luxor, one of the key cities of Ancient Egypt

Luxor, despite being a very small Egyptian city, is the one with the greatest number of treasured monuments in the country: the Luxor Temple, Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon await you in this city that is a must-see on any worthy tourist route.

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Aswan and its famous temple are really worth a visit

Just like Luxor, Aswan is an Egyptian city included in any worthy trip because it has the famous Temple of Abu Simbel. Those who have already visited this temple assure that it’s the worthy competitor, both in terms of beauty and greatness, of the Pyramids of Giza.

Alexandria and the most famous library in the world

The lighthouse or its library. Who doesn’t know the treasures of this coastal Egyptian city? A city full of secrets, places and facts to discover, such as the ones that refer to the lighthouse built in the third century BC and destroyed by two earthquakes centuries later.

Although it’s not essential, The Citadel of Qaitbay is another place to visit in this city that is worth discovering. 

Hurghada, the fishing village which has become more

Next to Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most touristic cities in Egypt. In this case, it’s an old town of fishermen which has been developed and is surrounded by the Red Sea. You should travel to Hurghada to witness the incomparable spectacle that is this magical Egyptian city.

Again, the relevance of a single country that is able to show the contrast of the desert and the coast and continue appearing as a modest place. A city that, in any case, you can’t or won’t miss.