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Mineral Springs in Siwa Oasis in Egypt

Discover the fabulous desert oasis with its lush palm trees and sparkling muscle-relaxing hot springs

Best time: October–April

Mineral Springs in Siwa Oasis

Siwa Oasis lies in the heart of Egypt’s Western Desert, away from urbanisation. It's one place for Egypt's preserved distinctive culture and offers its visitors a rich experience. Tribes of the oasis have managed to retain their Siwi language, in addition to their amazing culture. However, besides the cultural richness, Siwa also stands out for the magnificence of its nature and topography.

Siwa contains six lakes, 200 water springs, 1200 water wells, and 20 thousand acres of cultivated land. Cleopatra's bath, Arayes, Moulol, and Hamawat are considered to be one of Siwa’s most popular landmarks and great hot springs. The water in these wells is divided into two types: normal hot water and sulphurous hot water which is used to cure many skin diseases (for example, Psoriasis). It is also used in curing some respiratory system problems, rheumatism, polio, and digestive system illnesses.

Commonly, it is advised to visit the oasis between October and April.

Practical info

What are the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs in Siwa?

The sulphur-rich hot springs found in Siwa Oasis have therapeutic benefits like the capacity to alleviate skin diseases such as Psoriasis, and illnesses of the digestive system, respiratory and rheumatism. The sulphur in the water can improve blood circulation, relieve muscle cramps and tension, and lower inflammation. Hamawat and Moulol are the two well-known sulphurous hot springs recognized for their healing traits in Siwa. Show more

How abundant are the water springs in Siwa Oasis?

Siwa Oasis boasts of 200 natural water springs, which is quite an extensive number considering it's a desert oasis. The springs hydrate the farmland, olive trees and date palms, which constitute some of the primary sources of livelihood in the oasis. These natural springs contributed to the Oasis's cultural significance, drawing curious guests who want to experience the Siwa people's traditional lifestyle and unique culture. Show more

What are the most remarkable landmarks in Siwa Oasis?

Siwa Oasis has various iconic landmarks that are worth the visit. Cleopatra's Bath, where visitors can swim and relax, is undoubtedly one of the most popular. The Temple of the Oracle, placed in the oasis's heart, is an impressive historical site and ancient sanctuary. The old Siwa town is also a must-visit featuring narrow streets, mud-brick houses showcasing the region's distinct architecture and culture. Show more

What is the ideal time to explore Siwa Oasis?

The best time to traverse Siwa starts from October to April when the temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C,resulting in pleasant weather suitable for outdoor activities. Summer temperatures can skyrocket to over 48°C, making conditions unbearable for some visitors. During winter, the temperatures in the oasis drop at night. However, since the days are still mild, it is a great time to visit. Show more

How has Siwa successfully retained its language and culture?

The Siwa Oasis populace is successful in preserving their Siwi culture and language, which stands separate from Egyptian culture. Conventional practices that include pottery-making, silver crafts, and weaving are still part of their culture, with the aim of imparting these skills to the younger generation. Elderly community members converse in Siwi, and traditional music and dance are still alive. Exploring Siwa Oasis offers a rare opportunity to experience an age-old culture preserved for centuries. Show more

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