Fayoum : Where Art Meets Nature
Written by: Maria Fathy
What's better than spending your weekend sandboarding down sand dunes, taking a safari in the desert, swimming in a magic lake or even camping on the floor of a million years old ocean. Fayoum is the place where you will find all of that and so much more.
At the same time, you can listen and jam to music by local musicians and experience the art of pottery in Tunis Village.
It's only around 1.5-2 hours away and can be closer to you than the mall (depending on where you live). Fayoum is home to many artists, musicians, actors, directors, and all-round creatives who escaped the hustle and bustle of congested Cairo to live by the Oasis. One of the best ways we can describe it is it's an escape, a safe haven, where you can be surrounded by nature and tradition at the same time. The amazing locals want nothing more than to share their love, traditions, culture, art, heritage, and cuisine like all Egyptians do.
Vacations, there are a lot cheaper compared to other trendy places in Egypt. Making it perfect if you're traveling on a budget, or even just taking a weekend away from the city. The weather in the mornings is warm and scorching in summer. It's best to visit in spring and autumn because, in the winter, it tends to get extremely cold at night.
How to get there
Public micro-buses will take you there from Remaya Square, it may be the cheapest option and an adventurous one for those who want to explore. When you arrive, you'll need to take a tuk-tuk (that's another adventure) or taxi to your destination.
what to see
Wadi El-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) is the home of 40 million-year-old whale skeletons and fossils, from the first whales, ancestors to modern-day whales. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005.
Things to do
Exploring the mind blowing sandy dunes in the desert in a Sahara Jeep and while you're on it for an exciting must-try adrenaline rush let your Arab driver surprise you with an off-roading experience like no other ~ he's probably going to do it anyway!
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Where to Stay
Tunis Tone is a campsite at Tunis Village that is said to be on the highest hill facing Qaroun Lake. It has a restaurant, a bar, garden, children's playground, a bar and a terrace. It also features both WiFi and private parking free of charge. They offer a vegetarian breakfast option along with the traditional continental one. Rates start at 390EGP.
> For more information, contact them on 01119959711
Kom El Dikka Agri Lodge
Kom El Dikka Agri lodge has been around for over 30-years. Its located within its very own Olive farm that was developed into an Agri-tourism lodge, and it has a view that overlooks Lake Qarun. You can always go horseback riding, jogging, and fishing on the lakefront in the property. Rates start at 2,311EGP.
For more information, contact them on 01222440012 or email
Magic Lake Camp
Magic Lake camp is what it sounds like, a campsite is located on the magic lake. You can arrange for the locals to set up tents and all the necessary equipment for you to tent out under the stars. All you will need are some sleeping bags, toiletries as you'll be doing it the traditional way, which is said to be more healthy by the way, a guitar and some cool vibes!
> For more information, you can contact 01025220255 or email
Lazib Inn Resort
For a more luxurious stay, located in Tunis village. Overlooking Qaroun Lake is a self-described royal countryside retreat that reflects the nature and the rustic beauty of Fayoum. It's interior more like a work of art that is distinctively designed with exquisite attention to detail. Rates start at 3,552EGP.
For more information, contact them on 01222440012 or 084 282 0000 email
Zad El Mosafer Eco Lodge
Just a 5 minute walk, and you'll find Qaroun Lake. Zad El Mosafer is described to have traditionally decorated rooms with stone floors, mud-brick walls, and colorful rugs. The outdoor area has a pool and an oriental restaurant. There are even pottery workshops you can take part in. Rates start at 443EGP.
> For more information, contact them on 01002367240 or 0846820180
With its very own private beach area and outdoor pool, Byoum brings the true meaning of Lakeside to the hotel as it sits on the banks of Qarun Lake. The hotel has a restaurant, barbecue facilities, and a large terrace overlooking the magic lake.
Rates start at 1,241EGP
For more information contact them on 011212155551 or email
If you're traveling with a big group, you can always rent a stunning villa with a pool, just send us an email, and we'll help you find one.