Visit the Abu-Simbel temples for a magical holiday to Egypt.

Older travellers looking to visit some of the world’s most iconic sites will be awe struck by a trip to the Abu-Simbel temples in Egypt.

According to Lonely Planet, iconic experiences tend to really appeal to the older demographic. The travel guide website’s UK editor Tom Hall said that experiences off the beaten track and “famous ancient ruins” in particular appeal to holidaymakers over 50.

Abu-Simbel may not be off the beaten path, but it’s certainly a famous ancient ruin and is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Egypt.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts astonishing monuments and is the country’s second-most visited attraction after the Pyramids of Giza.

One of the temples is dedicated to the ancient pharaoh Ramses II, with the other a tribute to his favourite wife Nefertari. They are estimated to date back to the 13th century BCE.

Interestingly, the temples are not actually in their original location, having been carefully taken apart, moved and reassembled in the 1960s to protect them from the threat of submersion following the damming of Lake Nasser.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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