Siwa Oasis

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Why the
Siwa Oasis
is special

The extremely isolated Siwa Oasis has spectacular ruins and a unique traditional Berber culture that lure adventure travelers.

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Siwa Oasis

Old settlement ruins (see photo)

This is Siwa's greatest attraction. Its many mud-brick buildings (now mostly unoccupied) dramatically sit above the new town like a Hollywood movie set.

Mountain of the Dead

This hill is pitted with rock-hewn Greco-Roman tombs. It offers good views of the new town below and the numerous date palm groves beyond.

Oracle of Amon

Though little is left structurally, Amon's history lives on as being the oracle Alexander the Great consulted to rubber stamp his god status.

Other leading attractions include Cleopatra's Bath and Fatnas Spring.

Siwa Oasis
tips & insights

Sizeable Oasis

It measures 80 kilometers (50 miles) in length and 20 kilometers (12 miles) at its widest point.

Not easy to get to

Trains to Siwa are nonexistent and the local airport is used mainly for charter and private jets. By road, it is about 750 kilometers (470 miles) from Cairo and approximately 300 kilometers (190 miles) from the Mediterranean coast.

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