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Egypt & Red Sea

Egypt and Red Sea Holidays

Though the sun, sea and sand is enough to keep you in a sedated state of relaxation for the entirety of your stay, Egypt holidays offer so much more across the beauty of the Red Sea and throughout the historical landmarks of this great country.

Modern tourism in an ancient country

Though the pyramids, tombs and statues are the first things that come to mind when you think about Egypt, the holiday resorts found along the coast of the Red Sea have been built to cater for the modern tourist.

Sharm el Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Hurghada all provide great beachside settings to enjoy the coastal surroundings while Luxor offers the opportunity to experience the history by the River Nile.

Whether you're on the hunt for the cultural settings of Luxor, scuba opportunities in the Red Sea or beach bliss on golden sands, holidays to Egypt can offer it all under temperatures that stay hot throughout the year.

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Sandy landscapes

Each of the coastal resorts presents the opportunity to stay in perfectly placed beachside hotels. Some even host private beach spaces especially for the use of their guests. Both Hurghada and Marsa Alam have a great selection of smooth golden beaches to choose from.

Sharm el Sheikh's resorts offer a mix of sandy and pebbly beaches but they all feel the same when you're reclining on your rented sunlounger. Nabq Bay is a unique area where by the beach there is a kilometre long area of ankle deep water to paddle in before it drops off into the Red Sea.

Of course holidays to Egypt aren't all about relaxing on the beaches. Luxor is a modern city with a historical and natural landscape surrounding it. Both here and in the other resorts you can take camel rides, land windsurfing boards or quadbikes across sandy dunes.

One of the best preserved ancient civilisations

If you don't choose to stay in Luxor, you can visit the historically significant city via a four hour drive from Marsa Alam and Hurghada. On either side of the Nile by Luxor there are dozens of sites, relics and monuments to see that remain from thousands of years ago. Six temples surround the city while the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens both hide dozens of tombs created for the burial of pharaohs and queens.

By the modern holidays resorts on the Red Sea there are some cultural sites to visit too. Three hours from Sharm el Sheikh you can visit the impressively large Saint Catherine's Monastery by Mount Sinai.

Lounges, bars and clubs

Egypt is a dry country when it comes to alcohol but the tourism industry provides exceptions to this rule within holiday districts. This means that whichever resort you stay in, you'll be able to find opportunities to enjoy a well-deserved beer or wine in a lounge or under the stars.

Naama Bay and Sharks Bay in Sharm el Sheikh provide opportunities to enjoy lively nights out at their clubs and bars. Naama Bay has its own Pascha club while Hurghada has the world's only Hed Kandi beach bar.

Egyptian cuisine

Egypt has much more to offer gastronomically than just hummus. The country's cuisine borrows flavours from neighbouring Arab countries and serves delicious meals with tasty herbs and spices.

Falafels, kebabs and baba ghanoush are served within the Middle Eastern restaurants while Mediterranean styled dishes like shakshouka, shawarma and moussaka is served too.

Whichever town or city you visit, you're sure to find international options for tourists who want the familiar tastes of Western culture.

Modern shopping and classic markets

Each of the resorts offer the chance to experience modern shopping facilities in malls filled with brand names and fashionable clothing but most tourists come to experience the souks and bazaars of Egypt.

Many resorts along the Red Sea offer Bedouin styled market places which are used by tourists and locals. Luxor has a large souk-styled market place where pottery, ornaments and jewellery is sold amongst other products. The market sellers are famous for haggling and bartering so come prepared to negotiate.

Getting there

Flight time to these parts of Egypt will take around five and a half hours from take-off to landing. Each resort has a nearby airport so the transfers will take less than half an hour. The only exception is Marsa Alam Airport which is an hour away from the namesake resort.

Most tourists tend not to hire a car due to the unspoken rules local drivers use here. Instead, visitors mostly use taxis to get around as well as cheap micro busses or pre-booked transfer operators. The latter is the best way to see the landmarks which lie outside of the resorts.

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Best time of year to visit

Egypt is hot. There is no other way to describe this country where the summers reach a high of 37C on the coast and 40C at inland Luxor. The temperatures drop either side of July and August and get to their lowest highs of around 20C in December and January.

Remember to stay hydrated and bring strong sun cream when you visit during the summer. Visitor numbers are slightly lower and so are the temperatures in spring and autumn.

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