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Egypt and Red Sea Holidays 2017/2018

Known by many as the land of pharaohs, pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt remains a fascinating country. But that's not all this place has to offer, when you dig a little deeper there's so much more to see and do on package holidays to Egypt. In particular, its resort towns along the Red Sea grab attention for their food, drink and diving opportunities, where the water hides reefs and adventures just waiting for you.

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A land of mysteries and glorious sunny shores

Egypt needs little introduction, stretching back into what was one of the most advanced civilisations in history. Although its antiquity is one of the biggest draws when considering Egypt holidays, the country's popularity is growing and it all comes down to its good selection of modern resorts. And that doesn't just apply to cities like Cairo or major sites like the Great Pyramids of Giza. In fact, its the Red Sea Coast that's drawing the crowds.

Nowadays, Egypt's east coast is peppered with communities like serene Marsa Alam, plush Sharm el Sheikh, modern Luxor and bustling Hurghada. Each brings something different to the table, but they all have something in common, and that's seaside relaxation and local culture.

Where to stay in Egypt

Hurghada
HurghadaView on Map

Nestled on the edge of the Red Sea, Hurghada offers a vast ribbon of white-sand beaches with spectacular diving. Away from the coast, hop on a camel and explore the arid sand dunes or get lost in the maze of streets in the old quarter. Hurghada's ideally located to discover nearby historical sites too.

Luxor
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Luxor is home to some of the most magnificent ancient Egyptian monuments and is also one of the banks of the Nile, making it a prime spot for river trips. Travellers come from miles around to view the Pharoah's creations as well as the colonial architecture of the town, in which markets and restaurants buzz with tourists.

Marsa Alam
Marsa AlamView on Map

Marsa Alam is a small town that's just opening its doors to tourism. That said – it has sensational diving opportunities among the reefs of the Red Sea. The destination also boasts a range of historic exploration activities close by such as the mines where Cleopatra sourced her emeralds.

Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm el SheikhView on Map

A holiday favourite, Sharm el Sheikh is a destination of contrasts. From the vibrant nightlife in Naama Bay to the laid-back vibe in Nabq Bay, this region offers two very different holiday experiences. But one thing that's always guaranteed is the resort's wonderful warm climate. Attracting everyone from sports enthusiasts to nature lovers and sun worshippers, this spot is popular with a range of holidaymakers.

Quick Tips

  • Islam
  • Egyptian Pound
  • Arabic
  • Approx 85.5 million
  • GMT +2

Love beaches? Love Egypt

A trip to Egypt, whichever month of the year you take it, offers temperatures of over 30°C. If you thought all the best beaches were tourist traps, think again. A journey to Marsa Alam or Luxor could be all it takes to change your mind. While some of Egypt's Red Sea resorts are more developed than others, they have one similarity – sublime beaches with gently sloping shores.

Abu Dabbab Beach, close to Marsa Alam in the south, is one example of a perfect connection between established tourism and natural beauty. While the usual amenities are readily at hand, including food, drink and a handful of shops, the untouched coastline is pure enough to coax marine life up to the surface. So, don't be surprised if you come across giant sea turtles.

Closer to Hurghada you'll find the more developed but no less appealing Old Vic's Beach, Makadi Bay and more. It's here you'll find loungers, parasols and cocktails, together with access to watersports and diving opportunities.

The beauty of the deep

Once tiny communities, many of Egypt's towns flourished due to the appeal of the Red Sea and cheap Egypt holidays. Despite being steeped in history, with shipwrecks and fables waiting beneath the waves, it's the promise of protected, unspoilt reefs and marine life that lures in the visitors.

Clownfish, turtles and the odd octopus are just a few of the marine life you'll find under the water here. That said, people adore the Red Sea, some even choosing it as their top diving spot every year. In Marsa Alam, they've got a rare group of visitors in a family of dugong marine mammals. While, shipwrecks further north have gone from creepy, dilapidated relics of yesteryear's failed voyages to colourful coral epicentres of sea life.

The cradle of civilisation

It's impossible to visit Egypt without delving into its advanced ancient history. Whether you're taking your holiday by the sea or actively seeking the pyramids and mysteries, rest assured there's plenty to enjoy with a trip here.

Luxor is particularly popular with those looking to visit Egypt's sites of antiquity. The magnificent Valley of the Kings is just a stone's throw away, and with it come the legends of pharoahs and gods such as the famous Tutankhamun. Within each town and city, mosques and monoliths stand testament to the lore of Egypt's unique and astonishing heritage, so make sure you take the opportunity to explore those legends for yourself.

Food and drink aplenty

Cuisine in Egypt is a big part of the culture, so whether you're sampling the seafood on offer or sitting in the middle of the big city's most well-reviewed restaurant, there's a good range of options to choose from.

Egyptian cuisine takes classics like falafel, zingy pasta sauce, bundles like kushari and mixes them with delicious sweets like Umm Ali, a sticky dessert, as well as baklava and rice pudding. But these options are just the start of what you'll find in the town's that line the Red Sea coast – expect everything from European dishes to international favourites and fast food joints.