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6 OUTDOOR GEMS FROM EGYPT by Amr Tahtawi

This is a Practical Guide for Travellers Who wants to get the best out of Their visit to Egypt. Coasts, Canyons, Oasis, Hot springs, mountain ranges, virgin diving and snorkelling spots or even Caves, You name it!

Siwa Oasis
SIWA OASIS, QESM SIWAH, MATROUH GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

One of the best kept secrets in Egypt's western deserts, stunning mysterious of all Egypt's oasis. A Place Where kiss sky surreal and magical nature outdoor beauty everywhere you go. Let alone the fascinating ancient pharaonic temples and hot spots like Cleopatra bath, Where the timeless queen herself used to enjoy bathing. The stunning desert landscapes Instantly will hook you and leave you speechless. Make sure to enjoy a Bicycle ride around esta truly unique region, visit the impressive remains of the ancient fortress town of Shali and maybe one of the beautiful own locally traditional handicrafts.

Marsa Alam
MARSA ALAM, QESM MARSA ALAM, RED SEA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Famous for it's beautiful virgin Diving and snorkelling locations and superb beach and clear fresh air. Located far enough from the city to give you the feeling of different planet and take you back in time with the sea shore Camping with the beautiful cool breeze.

Nuweiba
NUWEIBA, QESM DAHAB, SOUTH SINAI GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

The Gem of eastern Sinai Peninsula, shines all year long. Splash and party all day long feast + + star gazing all night long. The cost line of esta region is almost Entirely With Peaceful covered huts and friendly Bedouins. The Sea in front of you and behind the Canyons, you choose your adventure.

St. Catherine
ST CATHERINE, QESM SHARM ASH SHEIKH, SOUTH SINAI GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

One of the best places to explore mountain ranges Egypt has to offer. Perfect for camping, star gazing and snowy outdoors in the winter specially from december to january and above all a holy land 'Moses' with divine greenery spilled around on the rocky lands. 

White Desert
FARAFRAH, NEW VALLEY GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Most justifiably one of the well- known desert destination in Egypt yet it present itself with fresh new look and feel for every visit you take there. The Amount of unearthly and beautiful wind-carved rock formations shaped in the form of giant mushrooms and chicken is unmatched to any desert in the world. It's amazing to enjoy a lot of tours and safaris in esta 300 kilometers protectorate.

Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Well known Alexandria outdoors is so cozy and dreamy specially in "The Montazah" His Majesty Farouk Where area, king of Egypt used to stay When I wanted to relax. This all-year-Mediterranean thrilling costal city will take your breath away, just let it all to the sea and friendly helpful people there, let alone it's only 2:30 away from Cairo.

Street-Fine-art from Espanya by Amr Tahtawi

Watching the magical Spanish scenic view from the train window on our way to Zaragoza was more than heartwarming. Heading there with no expectations at all wasn't enough to prepare us for the fact that this stop was the main highlight of our 2014 Spain tour. Charming mood and some of the most friendly people in the world is one of the few starters in Beloved Zaragoza.

As real travellers we allowed ourselves to get lost and explore this very important Roman city founded and named after one of the biggest Roman emperors, the famous Caesar Augustus. While getting to know the main historical places of interest in Zaragoza we stumbled upon the unexpected gems of Urban art paradise around every corner of basalt floored streets and alleys. So we decided to dedicate some time and get lost in hunting more street art. And the more we discovered the eager we became from awkward spots like a broken wall with mini beautiful shapes and colors to huge three stories highly detailed murals.

Zaragoza's narrow alleys are a street art paradise ( click for a full screen experience )

It became clear that most of these painting weren't haphazard, from a lone talent or a notorious killing time activity. It is a very strong local-driven statement that each year an International Urban Art Festival Asalto is held in Zaragoza to celebrate this contemporary art among historical places with the tourist and the locals alike. with national and international artists getting their hands color dirty to transform the ruins and old abandoned spaces of the city.

Panda fun ( click for a full screen experience )

A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.
— Banksy

You can find cool street art all around Zaragoza, but most can be found around the narrow streets of “El Tubo”, an area of the city known for its windy streets filled with tapas bars and amazing nightlife.

Funky colorful characters in the narrow El Tubo streets ( click for a full screen experience )

My Partner in Crime having fun in the rain with her fav wall - Zaragoza

My Partner in Crime having fun in the rain with her fav wall - Zaragoza

Even Zaragoza's local park has it's artistic share of characters and colors.

Zaragoza ruins never abandoned ( click for a full screen experience )

The details mesmerize you and gets you reading ( click for a full screen experience )

As if Zaragoza wasn't enough, more street fine art surprises was waiting for us at the next stop; Granada. Most people visit Granada to see the Alhambra Palace, but the city also hides a surrealistic street art scene first fostered by Andalucían poet, Federico Lorca, and abstract expressionist painter, José Guerrero. in other words this art form runs in their spanish blood.

The Realejo quarter leading to La Alhambra Palace - Granada ( click for a full screen experience )

Granada’s most prevalent street artist is Raúl Ruiz AKA El Niño de las Pinturas whose instantly recognizable from his magical murals all around the city. His favorite spot seem to be the Realejo quarter which i highly recommend if you're an urban art lover like me.

Street artist Raúl Ruiz's depiction of Rodin's The Thinker.

Street artist Raúl Ruiz's depiction of Rodin's The Thinker.

Raúl Ruiz paintings are often a poetic journey with murals and stanzas. ‘Cansado de no encontrar respuestas, decidí cambiar mis preguntas’ (Tired of not finding answers, I decided to change my questions) is written underneath this study of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker (Calle Molinos).

We spent the rest of our time between eating churros with chocolate and hunting every single piece of street art we could possibly find and the only thing left now is to be in Zaragoza while this art is being painted by the renowned street art artists working and creating LIVE. I highly recommend you attend Zaragoza's annual International Urban Art Festival AsaltoWho knows, I might see you there next year ;)