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Eid al-Adha is on its way, and we just can’t keep calm. Aside from the delicious and traditional meaty dishes that we will be indulging in, the 5 day Eid vacation will allow us to plan a mini getaway. While Sahel may be great, Egypt has a lot more to offer. Indeed, if you are looking to go somewhere different, to a location that is closer to Cairo than Sahel, Egypt definitely has its share of vacation spots that lie in close proximity to the capital. So, without further ado, take a look at these spots, plan your vacation, and kiss your worries goodbye.
This gorgeous location is about an hour’s drive away from the capital. With its incredible waterfalls, its moderate year round weather, and sites like Tunis Village, Lake Qaroun, and just breathtaking natural scenery all round, it is no wonder that this city has regained popularity as a vacation and destination wedding spot. Now, if you are a history buff, you can find diverse sites to visit that date back hundreds of years. From Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic artifacts and sites, Faiyum stands as a true testament of Egypt’s historical cultural diversity. Now, if you are looking for a cool place to stay, we highly recommend getting a room at the Helnan Auberge Fayoum. This decades old established has managed to maintain its unique nostalgic charm; the great news is that a night’s stay costs approximately 900 EGP (including breakfast). You can also mix things up a bit and spend a part of your stay at Tunis Village’s Lazib Inn Resort & Spa; we say “part of your stay” because this venue is a bit more pricey (but totally worth it) at approximately 3,500 per night.
Ain Sokhna is approximately a 90 minute drive from the capital. While Ain Sokhna is home to blue waters, it’s also coupled with views of mountains. You can even catch a glimpse of the large boats stopping before entering the Suez Canal as part of their journey. Sokhna is home to several luxurious resorts and hotels, including Stella di Mare, Jazz Hotel in Little Venice, Mövenpick Resort El Sokhna, and Porto Sokhna.
Over the past few years, Alexandria has become bit overshadowed by Sahel. Maybe this 5 day vacation will allow you to explore it. Alexandria combines everything we love about Cairo, with everything we love about coastal cities. Alexandria is also home to several must-see sites like the Library of Alexandria, Citadel of Qaitbay, the Montaza Palace, and much more. Places to stay in Alexandria include Paradise Inn Windsor Palace Hotel, which dates back to the 19th century, and Cecil Hotel which dates back to roughly the same period and is currently managed by Steigenberger. A night’s stay at the former will coast approximately 1,500 EGP, whilst a night’s stay at the latter will cost you approximately 3,500 EGP. What we love about both these establishments is that they have managed to maintain a lot of their original decor, furnishing, and overall ambiance. You can also grab a bite of delicious seafood at Alexandria’s Greek Nautical Club, or some comfort food at Alban Swisra. Finally, you can grab some creamy and unique ice cream at Gelaty Azza.
Found on the northern end of the Suez Canal, Port Said takes about 3 hours to reach from Cairo, and functions as a great 5 day vacation spot. At Port Said, you can catch a glimpse of the Military Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Port Said Lighthouse. You can also visit Port Fouad, and of course, the Suez Canal. Speaking of Port Fouad, a stay at Helnan Port Said Hotel is just what you need. Some of the most popular restaurants include Al Burj Seafood Restaurant, Pizza Pino, and of course, Egypt’s very own Central Perk, designed after Central Perk, the coffeehouse in Friends.
Just over 100 km from the capital, Fayed is a small town in Ismailia. Fayed is home to beautiful views, luxurious villas, vast green spaces, sandy beaches, and stunning palm trees. You can enjoy some history by visiting the Fayed Air Base, relax at the Great Bitter Lake, or enjoy the delicious seafood. Top resorts in Fayed include Tolip Inn Resort Fayed, and Bonita Hotel Fayed.