Bahariya Oasis Travel Guide

General Information About Bahariya Oasis

If you want to feel the thrill of a true desert exploration, then you have to visit Bahariya Oasis. Bahariya Oasis, Egypt’s most peaceful oasis, accommodates a vast array of natural recourses and a significant assortment of historical relics and monuments. It is situated in a depression about 30 kilometers away from Cairo, and Bawati  is its capital

After an exciting trip in the desert, head to the springs to wash up. The oasis is renowned to produce approximately 400 minerals and hot sulfur springs, most imperatively are Bir Hakima, Bir Haifa, Bir Al Matar and Bir Al Ghaba. Moreover, there are the exceptional springs of Ein El Bishmo that are exclusive in the flow of both cold and hot water from distinct sources to blend through cracked stones in a rocky creek.

Bahariya Oasis,  an unspoilt refugee, isn’t only the place where you can sense adventures through desert safaris and excursions, but it is also the place that will take you on a journey through the mysterious life of the Pharaohs. It is home to most antiquities and relics that belong to the 26th dynasty that is also known as the Saite Period. One of the major archeological sites to visit is Alexander the Great Temple . Another interesting monument is the largest Ptolemaic necropolis dedicated to the Ibis bird, an object of religious veneration in ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Golden Mummies  is a must see site too.

Bahariya Oasis is your entrance gate to a supernatural holiday where you can blend the sense of adventure with the simplicity of the Bedouins’ life. The attractive scenery of palm trees along with the magical sand dunes and the Bedouin folklore will gather to grant you with the most pleasurable holiday experience.

Bahariya Oasis Tours

Bahariya Oasis Attractions

Alexander the Great Temple

Bahariya Oasis has the distinction of being the Macedonian ruler's only known temple in Egypt. The temple was built during Alexander's lifetime and dedicated to Amun and Horus. The temple was built in 332 BC when Alexander the Great came to Egypt. Initially, he traveled from Memphis northward to establish the new city of Alexandria, and later took a long journey to visit Siwa and meet his father, the god Amun, whose temple was built in this area. This temple is unique because it is the only one in Egypt that was built for a living pharaoh. After Alexander the Great left Bahariya, he stayed for one month in Memphis, and ruled the country as pharaoh.

Bahariya Oasis Bawati

Bawati occupies a hillside and is entirely closed by black escarpments. The valley grounds are coated with profuse palm groves, in addition to ancient springs, wells, and cone-shaped hills that are believed to be the cause of the formation of islands in prehistoric times. The striking contrast between the charming orchards and massive sand dunes creates majestic and panoramic scenery that can’t be found anywhere else.

Valley of the Golden Mummies

Six km away from Bawati stands one of the world’s most spectacular necropolis. The valley of Golden Mummies is the place where you will be awed by the majesty of history. The site dates to Greco-Roman Egypt, where the ruins of a temple to Alexander the Great can be found. It is believed by some Egyptologists that the Greek conqueror passed through Bahariya while returning from the oracle of Amon at Siwa  Oasis. Excavations of the Greco-Roman necropolis known as the Valley of the Golden Mummies began in 1996. Approximately thirty-four tombs have been excavated from this area so far.

Bahariya Oasis Holidays

Mini Safari - 1 Night Cairo, Bahariya Oasis

2 Days / 1 Nights

Let us take you on a memorable two day safari in the heart of the desert.

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An Alexander the Great Tour - 7 Nights Cairo, Alexandria, Mersa Matruh, Bahariya Oasis

8 Days / 7 Nights

An expedition in search of excitement; start off the fun from Cairo, to Alexandria, to the Sahara. Adventurous mornings, with lots to see and discover, followed by glittering stars at night.

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Off the Beaten Path - 7 Nights Farafra Oasis, Cairo, Bahariya Oasis, Al Dakhla Oasis, Al Kharga Oasis, Luxor

8 Days / 7 Nights

A trip that will take you to wondrous places, starting off from Cairo, to Bahariya, the White desert and Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, Baris & Luxor. A 7 night adventure, off the beaten path.

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Scuba Diving in Bahariya Oasis, the Red Sea

Sharm El Sheikh lies at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. It offers a variety of dive sites from reefs and walls to wrecks. The climate is hot, the water is warm and clear, and the reefs are covered in life. Diving is readily available everywhere and there are nearly fifty dive Centers in the region. More Europeans learn to dive here than anywhere else in the world and diving is ideal for beginners. Whatever your experience, dive Centers require you to do one local dive before they will take you on a boat trip in order to give you an opportunity to orient yourself to Red Sea diving.

Shopping and Leisure in Bahariya Oasis

For those who love to shop, Sharm El-Sheikh provides ample opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. Sharm El Sheikh is famous for producing jewellery, leather goods and rugs. Expect to haggle when shopping in Sharm El Sheikh! It is all part of the experience and the shop owners will be shocked if you don’t try to negotiate! The majority of shops and shopping centres are based in Naama Bay but Sharm Old Market is great for hunting out bargains. If you want real value for money you should go south-west to Dahab which is less busy and less commercialised than Sharm.

There is more to Sharm El-Sheikh than beaches, sea and shopping of course. It’s a well developed area that feels “European” with refined hotels, facilities and amenities. Sharm el Sheikh has a fantastic range of restaurants, bars and cafes to visit as well as the hotels own all inclusive menus. The market area in Old Sharm is popular for its abundance of seafood restaurants and cheap prices. For those wanting a romantic evening, head to the” On Deck” restaurant in the Iberotel Lido hotel in Naama Bay where you can dine on a pontoon overlooking the water. The Il Mercato promenade, often called “Les Champs Elysee” of Sinai close to the Iberotel IL Mercato Hotel offers a varied selection of excellent cafes and restaurants.

There’s even an 18-hole Championship golf course in Jolie Ville Golf Resort, located only five kilometres from the main hotels in Sharm el Sheikh which is open to non guests. It includes a driving range and artificial lakes and is a perfect escape for those who love the game.

Bahariya Oasis Nightlife

Pacha

Pacha is situated in the of Naama bay , and is the premier party place in Sharm El Sheikh that embodies the essence of the Pacha spirit with a twist of mystical Arabia added for pure indulgence.

Little Buddha

Little Buddha is located in the heart of Naama Bay , and being one of the hottest venues in Sharm El Sheikh, it provides its clientele with the finest dining experience, an eclectic atmosphere, sublime surroundings, and the latest sounds from around the globe.

Hard Rock Cafe

When in Egypt, knock the Sinai sand from your sandals and settle into the Hard Rock Cafe Sharm El Sheikh for a tall cool drink to quench your parched throat. The restaurant's huge guitar and sky dome act as an oasis beckoning every desert denizen to a good time. It provides a fascinating atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes.

Camel Bar

It is a two-storey restaurant/bar that offers both indoor and outdoor areas. The lower floor is an ideal venue for those willing to indulge in a drink along with lively music, while the top floor overlooks Naama Bay and offers a more relaxing atmosphere with number of sumptuous international dishes and shisha.