10 Top Tourist Attractions in Siwa Oasis Egypt
Siwa Oasis Eden of the Western Desert…The historic town Siwa Oasis is located Just 50km from the Libyan border and is considered one of Egypt’s isolated settlements which helped creating a protected unique society of 23,000 people, mostly ethnic Berbers that stands distinctly apart from mainstream Egyptian culture.
You can also get inspired with other locations in Egypt using some of our past articles Abu Mena a UNESCO World Heritage Site Alexandria, Egypt and Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) World Heritage Site in Egypt to help get you started planning your net family holiday. Siwa Oasis is an edenic island, 25m below sea level full of scattered natural crystal-clear mineral springs nearly 300, salt lakes and brimming with Olive(70,000) and Palm groves (300,000). There is plenty to keep you busy in Siwa;
1- Cleopatra’s Pool – Spring of Juba:
Cleopatra’s Bath is one of the most famous attractions in Siwa; a rock pool fed by a natural hot spring. Was the poo for the Egyptian queen on her visit to Siwa , but now became a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.
2-Ancient fortress of Old Shali:
3-Temple of the Oracle:
Located 4 km east of the present town of Siwa on the hill of Aghurmi and was Built in the 6th century BC, dedicated to Zmun (Zeus). Visited by Alexander the Great when he came to Egypt in 331BC, who was seeking confirmation from the Oracle, asked if he was the son of Zeus.
This structure is mostly destroyed, was once joined with the nearby Temple of the Oracle by a causeway. An ancient inscribed wall represents all that remains that was erected by the pharaoh Nectanebo II of the 30th Dynasty.
6-Gebel el-Mawta / Mountain of the Dead:
It is a cone shaped mount, features a large number of rock cut tombs, mostly dating back the 26th dynasty and to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods; many of these tombs are still very well preserved. The most important tomb to see is that of the Tomb of Si Amun – with beautifully colored reliefs considered the most beautiful tomb in the Western Desert. Another tomb with interesting reliefs is the Tomb of the Crocodile deteriorating wall paintings show a yellow crocodile symbolizing the God Sobek. Another large tomb is that of Niperpathot full of inscriptions and red pigment drawings.
The Great Sand Sea is the second largest an unbroken mass of dunes covered area on earth (after the Grand Erg Oriental, in Algeria); it is an approximately 72,000 km²(roughly the size of Ireland) and is home to not one living soul. Siwa is the northern gateway and the perfect starting point using the aid of GPS and satellite maps for any safari expedition into a this magical landmark.
One of the most striking features of the Siwa landscape is its lakes, all of the lakes are saline, but are supplied with freshwater coming from the underground springs. These vary in size but generally the present lakes cover approximately 70 km2, depending on the time of year as in the summer can dry up completely, or shrink considerably. Nobody really cared about these salted lakes until salt trade which became an income.
Alexandria was founded as a Greek city and thus Roman tombs are everywhere which gave us a real sense of the life the Romans led in Siwa. Archaeologists have found 14 tombs but only two graves are visited because the others have been looted by the British in World War 2.