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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.