Located between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Sand Sea in the Western Desert, the isolated Siwa oasis lays 50 km (31.06 miles) east of the Libyan borders. The distinctive culture and magnificence of its nature and topography attract many tourists to this little paradise.
It offers great desert tours, craft shops, restaurants, and nice hotels. The Environmental Sustainable Tourism Program built an Eco lodge in association with USAID and the Ford Foundation in 1997, thereafter a number of beautiful resorts have come up within this once forsaken land. If you plan to visit Siwa, visit the oasis during the winter months and check out these top places.
1. Shali Fortress
The Shali Fortress is built with kharshef, a mix of clay and salt, a unique building material, and is a fantastic ruin that makes one feel like they are traversing through a past life.
You can go to the top of Shali Fortress to see the oasis and have a fascinating view of the palm trees, salt lake, and houses of Siwa. Visualize how people were living here in the past. Going down you will find the hand craft shops with colorful goods, dates boxes, and more, all at very reasonable prices.
Address: Old Town Hill, Siwa 51714, Egypt
Website: Shali Fortress
2. Gebel al-Mawta/Mountain of the Dead
Ancient Egyptian rock tombs at Siwa oasis, Gebel al-Mawta, EgyptPosted by Lachlan von Nubia on Saturday, 6 June 2015
Gebel (Jebel) al-Mawta is also known as the Mountain of the Dead. It is a historical mountain dating back to the Pharaonic era. The place has elements of mysteriousness as the tombs cover most of the mountain base and sides. At the middle point of the mountain, you can see the ancient tombs of the Pharaonic king and members of his family. Only the king’s tomb has some inscriptions. If you climb the mountain to the highest peak you will be able to see a panoramic view of Siwa.
Gebel al-Mawta/Mountain of the Dead
Address: Qesm Siwah, Matrouh Governorate, Egypt
3. Great Sand Sea Safari
This is one of the most exciting safaris in the world. Surfing sand dunes is like a fantasy come true, you can do a dessert car 4x4 safari, and enjoy a swim in the warm natural waters.
Have a Siwian desert tea, dessert, lunch or dinner, and enjoy the marvelous sunset scenery. Camp in the desert, enjoy the camp fire and eat delicious marshmallows. Sleep and enjoy the sky’s stars, nature, and the cold weather.
Great Sand Sea Safari
Address: Siwa, Egypt
Website: Great Sand Sea Safari
4. Fatnis Island (Fantasy Island)
Fatnis Island, also known as fantas or fantasy island, is a lovely little 'island' that is one of the most popular swimming and sunset watching destinations in Siwa.Posted by Just Come: A Different Side of Egypt on Friday, 3 June 2016
If you are looking to enjoy the beauty of nature in a chilled and relaxing environment, you should go here. The place is famous for its nice and romantic sunset and its palm drink with milk. Amidst the tranquil and calm atmosphere, the sunset is just awesome.
Address: Birket Siwa, Siwa 51714, Egypt
5. Temple of the Oracle of Amun/Aghurmi
Temple of the Oracle Ruins in Siwa Oasis The 26th-dynasty Temple of the Oracle sits in the northwest corner of the ruins...Posted by Khaled Travel on Monday, 7 August 2017
This temple complex is quite large with a number of great stories. Alexander the Great is believed to have built it. This place is a turning point in history where Alexander was officially named the son of Amun who was considered to be a God.
Temple of the Oracle of Amun/Aghurmi
Address: Aghurmi, Siwa 51714, Egypt
Website: Temple of the Oracle of Amun/Aghurmi
6. Taghaghien Touristic Island
It is an African-style village on the island in the middle of the lake in Siwa. There are a couple of other smaller islands beside it and you can rent a boat and spend a whole day on one of them. The resort is all hand-made. The bathroom is all made with the desert stone, and there is also a big natural spring.
A night in a round palm leave roofed African house, with the feeling that you are the only one in the middle of the Great Sahara, is a unique experience. A double room costs only 60 USD per night. You can enjoy romantic evenings under the stars and the moonlight. The view from every point of the island is amazing.
Taghaghien Touristic Island
Address: Great Lake of Siwa, 51714 Siwa, Matruh, Egypt
7. Moulid at-Tagmigra
Siwa Festival, Siwa oasis, Egypt. The official lunch - the culmination of the FestivalPosted by Who Loves Egypt on Monday, 8 May 2017
The small tomb shrine of Sidi Suleiman is the venue of a moulid (saints’ festival), known as the Moulid at-Tagmigra. The festival is held after the corn harvest in late summer. Zikrs are performed outside the tomb after banners announce the moulid.
Address: Sidi Suleiman, Siwa, Egypt
8. Lake Siwa
The best time to visit the lake is at sunset. It is a nice place for photography and enjoying the natural beauty. You can enjoy Siwa drinks and Bedouin tea served by Bedouin people. Have a glimpse of the traveling birds that rest by the lake before flying from cold Europe to warm Africa.
Address: Lake Siwa, Siwa, Egypt
Website: Lake Siwa
9. Cleopatra's Pool
Cleopatra used the natural warm water as her natural bath. You can enjoy swimming in natural sulphuric ground water or sit in a cafe enjoying Bob Marley music. The place is surrounded by cafes with Arabian Desert setups and shops that sell local products “Kleem”. There is a nice cafe beside Cleopatra’s Pool called Tanta Waa cafe that serve amazing drinks and brunch amidst great music.
Address: Qesm Siwah, Matrouh Governorate, Egypt
Website: Cleopatra’s Pool
10. Museum of Siwan Traditions
Siwa House Museum Located in a traditional Siwan house, the museum boasts traditional Siwan objects such as silver...Posted by Gaja Aisha on Saturday, 19 July 2014
It is a place to know the way of life, traditions, and clothing of Siwa’s people. The museum represents a traditional Siwan house, including traditional costumes, the traditional silver accessories, special brides’ gowns, household materials, and more.
Museum of Siwan Traditions
Address: Siwa 51714, Egypt
Website: Museum of Siwan Traditions
Spend some time in Siwa!
The historical Siwa where Alexander was officially named the son of Amun, who was considered to be a God, will leave you spell bound with its distinctive culture and magnificence of its nature and topography. It is a place worth visiting!
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