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Egypt

Information about Egypt

Planning a trip to Egypt? Browse our articles for information on this fascinating country including the truth and myths around the pyramids as well as guides to the destination's delicacies and customs. Our useful articles feature all you need to know about this ancient wonder, from the best Bedouin dining experiences to snorkelling in the Red Sea.

Red Sea snorkelling, shipwrecks and reefs
Red Sea snorkelling, shipwrecks and reefs

Aside from its ancient civilisation and world-famous pyramids, {:Egypt's} Red Sea Region is one of the country's biggest attractions. Crowds flock here to enjoy some of the world's most unique diving spots, explore intricate coral reefs that teem with marine life and take advantage of the impressive wrecks that adorn the sea floor.

A trip to Cairo
A trip to Cairo

The land of the pharaohs a few thousand years ago, and now a bustling contemporary holiday destination, Egypt continues to prove popular with tourists. Easily reachable from bases like Sharm el Sheikh, get your travel mojo going with a trip to Cairo, the nation's capital.

Fun facts about Egypt
Fun facts about Egypt

Much of what we know and love about Egypt hails from its astonishing ancient era accomplishments, in which it was a leading civilisation that produced amazing art, architecture and legends.

Egypt's pyramids
Egypt's pyramids

It's impossible to think of sunny Egypt without remembering the ancient civilisation that made the country so famous. If you close your eyes and think of this fascinating country you're bound to conjure up images of the Great Pyramids of Giza. And you may be surprised to learn that there are approximately 120 pyramids dotted across Egypt's dramatic landscape.

How to spend a day in Luxor
How to spend a day in Luxor

Millions of visitors flock to Luxor to explore the fascinating architecture, culture and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt. It's also an amazing place for a day trip during your Egyptian holiday and is just a seven-hour drive and ferry journey away from several popular coastal resorts in the lively Sharm el Sheikh region.

Egyptian delicacies
Egyptian delicacies

Egypt's food history has a long and winding narrative with roots reaching back to the days when its vast terrain was governed by lavish pharaohs. Over the years, the country has developed a culinary scene that's largely vegetarian, mostly down to the fact meat is expensive. The country's relationship with vegetables and beans is also thanks to its fertile valley and Egypt's greatest asset – the Nile River.

Egyptian culture 101
Egyptian culture 101

Egypt is home to one of the most famous ancient civilisations in the world. That said, it has remained a predominantly stable country for millennia.

The best Bedouin dining experiences
The best Bedouin dining experiences

Referring to the tribes that live nomadic lifestyles in Egypt's deserts, enjoying Bedouin dining can either involve accepting their hospitality or staying at one of the traditional restaurants dotted around the resorts. The food is delicious – usually a generous combination of pitta breads, seasoned rice and meats cooked over open flames, plus lots of fresh fruit, nuts and dates.

Desert adventures in Egypt
Desert adventures in Egypt

Egypt is a land full of mysticism, boasting a sweeping desert landscape that takes up the vast majority of the country. Booking a safari through one of the country's three desert regions is one of the most thrilling things you'll ever do.

Egypt family holidays
Egypt family holidays

Egypt is an ideal destination for family holidays where you can relax, have fun and create some unforgettable memories. You can choose to explore some of the spectacular ancient sights, take in exciting activities or simply sit back and enjoy the amazing beaches.