Egypt’s unreal ‘snowy’ mountains become a tourist hit

(CNN) – Images of people frolicking in snowy landscapes and sliding down icy mountains are not uncommon, but one crucial thing made these snaps stand out.

You are shot in Egypt.

The country in the Middle East lies on the edge of the arid, sandy desert of the Sahara and rarely has rain, let alone snow.

But instead of showing a sudden onset of winter weather in Egypt, these images show an unexpected tourist attraction created by salt processing in Port Fouad at the northern end of the Suez Canal.

The Port Fouad Salt Mountains have become a tourist attraction after images of people sliding down them went viral. Egyptians flocked to the unique place from different parts of the country to enjoy the scenery.

Some even try to ski on them.

‘Healing Properties’

The salt mountains have been attracting crowds lately.

Mohamed Wardany

Egyptian photographer Mohamed Wardany told CNN that the salt mountains can be reached by ferry across the Suez Canal to the salt city.

Wardany said his photos of the mountains are part of an ongoing project to look at Egypt from a different perspective and shed light on tourist and cultural heritage sites that are being overlooked in favor of more obvious attractions like the pyramids.

Distinguished by their pure and bright white color, Wardany says the mountains resemble snow-capped peaks on the North Pole.

And while they lack the freezing temperatures, they seem no less refreshing. The salt has healing properties and sitting on it has the ability to remove negative energy from the body, says Wardany.

The photographer recommends visiting the Salt Mountains in winter for a really frosty atmosphere.

The salt that makes up the mountains is harvested when the seawater collected in Port Fouad’s pools evaporates in the sunlight.

And there is a winter connection. According to Reuters, the salt is exported to colder countries and used to melt ice.

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