Discover the Awesome Siwa Oasis
1. Take a Dip in Cleopatra’s Pool
Cleopatra’s Pool is located on the path that leads to the Oracle Temple. This stone pool is fed by natural spring water and makes for a lovely dip. Although the name refers to Queen Cleopatra VII, there is no evidence that Cleopatra ever bathed here or had anything to do with the pool.
2. Visit the Salt Lakes and Moon Pools
Under the earth’s salted crust lies the healing moon pools of Siwa. It’s such an unusual yet incredible experience to witness this landscape. The textures and layers of salt are just awesome. After visiting this destination we started to wonder if any of the salt would end up on our dinner tables!
3. Discover the Ancient Shali Fortress
The old ancient Shali Fortress, located in the middle of town, is what originally drew me to visit Siwa. Built from kershif (chunks of salt mixed with rock, brick and clay), this 13th-century fortress is a spectacular sight to wander around. Shali Fortress is an important historical and religious symbol of Siwa.
4. Explore the Surrounding Sand Dunes of Siwa
The Sand Dunes of Siwa are a great place to explore in jeeps, on sand boards or by foot. Pristine sand dunes can be found near the oasis and many berbers still roam these deserts as they have for hundreds if not thousands of years. One of the most popular activities is sandboarding making for a fun day out!
5. Shoot Photos at the Mountain of the Dead
The Mountain of the Dead is a wonderful place to shoot photos. This mountain is home to thousands of graves which are cut into the bedrock giving it the name ‘Mountain of the Dead’. According to the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt, burials continued here until the late Roman era.
6. Taste the Delicious Food of Siwa Oasis, Egypt
The food and cuisine of Siwa Oasis was some of the best I’ve tried anywhere in Egypt and the world. There was one main restaurant in town called Adbu Restaurant. We ate there for every meal, everyday. Yeah – it was that good! Not only was the food outrageously good but it was cheap too.