Love beaches? Love Egypt
Egypt holidays, 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 book a cheap holiday to 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.