Siwa, the most mysterious of all Egypt's oases, is also one of the most fascinating. Lying some 60 feet below sea level. On the edge of the Great Sand Sea, nearly 50 km east of the Libyan border, and 560 km from Cairo.

The Siwan people have their own culture and customs and, as well as speaking Arabic, they speak their own Berber (Amazigh) language. Women still wear traditional costumes and silver jewelers and Siwa remains one of the best places to buy traditional local handicrafts.

The modern town of Siwa is set among thick palm groves, walled gardens and olive orchards, with numerous freshwater springs and salt lakes. Siwa also clusters beneath the impressive remains of the ancient fortress town of Shali.
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