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Water. Water. Waaater. WATER. This is a frequent thought during tourism in Egypt – except in winter, which is high season there.
What very few people know is that, on hot days (or most of the year in Egypt), drink water should not be the only concern. There’s a special water for men and women to spray on the skin … and it can save the tourist’s day. It’s an effect that – with exaggeration, or a good touch of drama – I call “miraculous.”
What is it
Thermal water is very different from the regular tap water or mineral water we drink every day.
What’s the difference in terms of water sources?
In a water source, water flows through it to the surface of the Earth. In the process, minerals are dissolved in the water when it passes through the underground rocks. If collected correctly, the water is pure and clean, and usually has a neutral pH.
When talking about thermal water, we refer to a naturally hot water source. Heat is produced by water rising from the Earth’s crust. Heated water is capable of containing more dissolved solids than cold water. Therefore, hot springs have a high mineral content. Here we find all the benefits. Its use for medicinal and aesthetic purposes reaches antiquity. Even today, places rich in this water attract tourists who look for health treatments or simple relaxation.
Oh … I don’t know, Damas … I am not yet convinced of the advantage of bringing this water to Egypt. It’s easier and cheaper to buy a small bottle of mineral water right there to cool my skin on very hot days. Or use tap water!
If there weren’t so many differences, do you think I’d insist on thermal water? Do you think I would make you spend for nothing? There’s no hidden interest here. I do not use affiliate links for the purchase of this kind of product. 😉
Because of this blog and my travel agency specialized in Egypt, I recommend thermal water to many people, and all of them – men and women – thank me later. Before my advice, by the way, most people had never heard of this water.
Thermal water in Egypt
The heat in Egypt can be overwhelming. To make matters worse, many visits are in open areas, and even in deserts. You, a visitor, are not used to the weather. Therefore, you are much more likely to be uncomfortable or ill. I call your attention especially to children and the elderly.
In more complicated moments, when we feel bad due of very high temperature and dryness, thermal water comes as a “holy savior.” I sprinkle it into my arms, neck, and especially my face. If you don’t mind sprinkling into the scalp (usually easier for men), the effect will be much better. That’s why I never forget my scalp.
Good. But I insist, Damas: Wouldn’t it be the same if I use mineral or tap water?
I speak from experience. And, frankly, I don’t know how to explain the effect that thermal water has on us. It is much more intense than any other water (I did several comparison tests in Egypt).
There is an immediate sensation of freshness, relief, hydration, and the sensation lasts MUCH longer than if I had used nonthermal water. I pull myself together and gain energy to continue.
I cite three examples of a recent trip in Summer.
It was terribly hot the day I decided to enter the Pyramid of Cheops again. I repeat: to enter. To enter the pyramid. Imagine the high temperature and the muffled air.
In the middle of the complicated path inside the pyramid, towards the tomb, I was not feeling well. Hot weather is really not for me. Winter is my friend, and for this reason some people call me Penguin.
I was in doubt about completing the visit. I stopped to rest, leaning on a huge rock that was part of the wall. After deep breathing, I sprayed thermal water all over my face, arms, neck, scalp (from a little bottle that I was carrying in my pants pocket). In less than two minutes, I was ready to continue, feeling confident again.
That Summer, something similar happened when I visited the Temple of Edfu and the Temples of Abu Simbel (real feel of 55°C / 131°F). With no thermal water, I don’t believe I would have completed the visits.
How to bring thermal water to Egypt
Be practical. Ideally, buy small bottles of thermal water. During the tours, you will easily carry them on your purse or pocket.
Important note — Don’t expect to buy thermal water in Egypt. Buy your thermal water before the trip.
Also, remember of not carry the bottles in your hand luggage. They would be confiscated during security checks in airports.
Keep an eye on France’s famous thermal waters. There are many great brands to choose from. I especially recommend La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Uriage, Avène.
With or without thermal water (but preferably with this water if it’s not Winter), I wish you live amazing days in the fabulous Egypt. 🇪🇬❤🤍🖤