Among the settlements of Egypt, which have retained their appearance as much as possible since ancient times, the oasis of Farafra with its only village Al-Qasr stands out. It is located on the road from Baharia to Dakhla and remains today the most remote island of life in the Western desert. If you like solitude or you are interested in the original life of the Egyptians, you are here – 550 km southwest of Cairo, the governor of New Valley, an oasis, which also serves as a starting point for a trip through the famous White Desert.
The Farafra Oasis has been around for over a thousand years. Thanks to this, he repeatedly witnessed the most important historical events, confirmation of which can be found both in the village of Al-Qasr and in its environs. For example, during the reign of Rome, a fortress was erected here, partially preserved to this day. She defended the caravans from the attacks of the nomads. Later, Egyptian Copts hid in Farafra, persecuted by the Roman authorities for their religious beliefs. Locals can show fragments of the buildings they built. Al-Qasr is home to about 6 thousand Bedouins. Their adobe houses and narrow streets running between them will allow guests to feel the spirit of traditional Egyptian architecture.
Farafra is famous for its springs; there are more than a hundred of them, and part is used for agricultural needs. Tourists are usually taken to the Wadi Hanas Valley, located 55 km northeast of Al Qasrah, where you can plunge into clean cool water in the shade of palm groves. The first baths were equipped here by the Romans. In addition, near the village there are hot springs Bir Sita and Bir Sabba, as well as Lake Abu Noss, around which many birds live.