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How would I describe the small town of Siwa? There's a quiantness in it in an old way, kind of dusty way. The main dusty road looks like a hollywood set of an old western movie - remember the "wild wild west"? This road is lined with ministores, restaurant, fruit store, a barbershop an internet shop, souvenir shops, clothing store, herbal medicine...more
The best preserved part of the Shali Fortress is the old mosque which was built in 1203. Considered to be the oldest mosque built in "kershif", the same materials used to build the whole fortress.I heard the adhan (call to prayer) during the noontime I was standing at the top of the fortress and it's coming from this old mosque. Until today, the...more
Don't content yourself watching the great medieval fortress from your hotel windows, it's lovelier when you're on the very top, the highest point of the Shali.The view up there is short of spectacular, 360 degrees of breath-taking views of its surroundings. I went up there on my second morning and reaching the top is a bliss. No one there, the...more
Abdu Restaurant is almost infront of ElKelany Hotel, so one night I took a dinner of pizza there. Just as rumoured - the food takes a lot of time and quite expensive in local standard, that's why I said it's tourist-oriented. Besides most people dining and hanging out there are tourists.But their pizza is deliciously cheesy albeit sloppy, still...more
East West Restaurant is between the intersection and the big mosque, in fact it's almost beside the mosque. It's along the main road near the main square.I know food in Cairo but not very particular in Siwa, I saw some tables in front of the restaurant and some white tourists so I did pulled a chair too and checkout the menu booklet.The restaurant...more
I'll go with Abdi's. that's how they transliterate it. Anyway, it seemed to be the most popular place in town for lunch or dinner, and not simply because of it's central location off Maidan As-suq. The menu is pretty unsurprising, but athe food was good, servings generous and the service efficient and cheerful. And when one afternoon I rolled up a...more
Most hotels in Siwa central have a rooftop cafe like El Kelany have it with a bedouin tent at the back and probably during peak season - a bonfire.It's relaxing after a tiring day just sitting there sipping your hot coffee or tea and watching the lighted Shali fortress and the local activities down below. Or go up at the cafe right before sunset...more
Close to the central roundabout, there is this cafe (photo taken during the day) which during the evening can be a great place to hang out. There are a few date trees under which there are cushions and small fire and tsmall tea-tables. We came here the first night around 24,00 and stayed there until 2,30 in the morning talking to some of the...more
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If you're already in Siwa and planning to get out and back to Cairo, and you don't have a ticket yet, be sure to check the small bus terminal booth one day before or at least in the morning before noon. This happened to me, not a big issue though.It wasn't a peak season and Siwa isn't that crowded during the April 2012 I was there. I plan to take...more
The easiest and fast mode of transport in Siwa is the tricycle - a shaded cart driven by a motorcycle, much like the tuktuks of Bangkok but rougher. Most of them are just like 3 pieces of plywood nailed together to form a shade under your head, seta are makeshift too covered with pads and carpets to make it a little comfortable to sit on.I took the...more
If you have the energy, you can rent a bike and cycle your way to Cleopatra's Bath, the Oracle, Mountain of the Dead and probably the desert oasis. The road is flat although dusty and some parts are bumpy. There's good bike rental infront of the Albabenshaal Hotel just at the foot of the Shali fort at the center of the town. Costs very cheap, I...more
This isn't a shopping tip in Siwa but a shopping tip before heading to Siwa. If you're a smoker had a specific brand preference, buy enough supplies in Cairo or Alexandria or anywhere you're coming from where there's availability of foreign brands. Most or maybe all stores in Siwa central town don't sell cigarrettes, I found that out when I ran out...more
The women of Siwa have a strong tradition of weaving and beading that spans 100's of years and you can view examples of their famous ceremonial dresses in the local museum. Although tourism hasn't yet swamped a beautiful place like Siwa, you will find some sellers here and it is good to support this local industry. A good buy would be one of the...more
In Siwa the drapers comes to you..on the back of the donkey cart. Since you hardly ever see a Siwan lady, the shopping has to get done somehow. Stop for lunch at the East West Cafe ( where you have choice of frenchie fries or chippsies..2 tips in 1)and local boys offer a ride in the cart...emblazened with TAXI. Great provided they don't decide to...more
From late autumn till early spring, when everybody in Egypt is freezing ;-) it's time for the hot winter drink, Sahleb, to warm you up. The drink is very popular specially among school-kids. I had mines at Idontkonowthename restauran on the main square in Siwa.It's something similar to the hot chocolate, very thick. You can get it as a chocolate...more
Siwa is a conservative town compared to most cities in Egypt. You can photograph the sights and most things but not the women and the female children. I know the restriction on women but not the children so when a group of female children probably 9m - 12 years olds going to school passed by infront of a photo subject, they all said "NO" in chorus....more
There are quite a few sites around and some of them are worthwhile. But if you are on a short stay then go for the trip I was in which lasts for a day. Shop around to get the idea of price. A better price with a larger group can be negotiated as well as a extended trip.
Most of the folks have already finished swimming but Khalid who studies in Chemical Engineering was trying to get the most as he could.Notably the spring is bound and the excess is drained into the nearby big lake. Interesting to see that the spring water gives life to so many plants and trees but those date trees just by the spring is dying out...more
While on a desert-tour, on a first stop, you may go for free swimming in the fresh blue water of the spring in the desert near siwa town.
To join the desert safari, we may need photocopy of your identification pages of passport. Police checks are very frequent in this area. And submitting your photocopy is the part of the rules normally the trip organizers will do it for you. But in my case when I had to do this because of late sign-up I went to this place. Internet is expensive here...more