Sun worshipping in Egypt
Being a country in North Africa, Egypt gets its fair share of sun. Resorts such as Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh are more often than not packed to the rafters with holidaymakers and visitors relaxing in the warm waters and sunbathing on the glorious beaches.
Indeed, such sun worshipping is something that Egypt is famous for, but the sun can be worshipped in ways that you may not expect or even know about…
Sharm el Sheikh
For millions of people, Egypt means five star resorts, scuba diving explorations, year round sun and first class restaurants, and no place can offer all this and more than Sharm el Sheikh. No matter whether you are a round the world traveler or someone on a short break away, Sharm El Sheikh holidays should consist of a heavy amount of sun worshipping.
Situated next to the beautiful Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh is famous the world over for its white sandy beaches, crystal blue seas and perhaps the best water sports in the world with scuba diving, windsurfing, snorkelling, water skiing plus lots more right on your doorstep. The Ras Mohommed Reef is a marine national park which has some large vertical reef walls to explore whilst testing out your newly acquire diving skills – at least it’ll get you out of the scorching sun for a while. Just dig out your beach towel, slap on the sunscreen and recharge those batteries.
Aswan Sun Temples
Perhaps unknown to many, there is another form of sun worship that you can experience in Egypt, one that gets you away from the crowded beaches and touristy areas of the country. In the city of Aswan sits the Sun Temple of Ramses II. This vastly impressive temple building is protected at the facade by four 108 feet high colossal statues of Ramses himself. Whilst many people come from far and wide to see these impressive temples throughout the year, you must make sure you visit either on the 22nd February – the date of Ramses’ ascension to the throne – or the 22nd October, his birthday.
For on these dates, and only on these dates, at the break of dawn light slowly moves into the temple itself and illuminates the statues. It is really a sight to behold and outside the temples crowds gather, with music and a real festive atmosphere is created. What better way to experience real Egypt than to worship the sun with an ancient pharaoh?
Whether your idea of heaven is basking under the midday sun on a white beach in Sharm el Sheikh or waking at dawn to watch the illumination of an ancient temple, one thing is for sure – you’ll never forget your visit to one of the most fascinating countries on earth.