Egypt is packed with great beaches along the coast, where you can unwind with water sports or just a spot of sunbathing. Whether your thing is wind surfing, scuba diving or simply chilling by the sea, you’ll find that Egypt can meet your needs, particularly in the glittering Red Sea resorts. Sharm El Sheikh is home to great parasailing, so why not see the landscape from up above? Meanwhile kiteboarding is quickly becoming one of the most popular high-octane water sports and really should be tried by thrill seekers.
Egypt is simply perfect for scuba diving, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro. You’ll have access to some wonderful underwater adventures, with wrecks, cave diving and drift dives. Dahab is a popular spot for diving and features the legendary Black Hole, while other in-demand sites include Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna and Marsa Alam. You will see some astounding marine life including dolphins, species of fish unique to the country and maybe even a shark. Some hotels even have dive centres and classes, such as the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort.
For many, sunbathing is an essential part of any summer holiday and the beaches are perfect for this. Sharm El Sheikh’s beaches are among some of the most popular, or there is Hurghada, a beautiful Red Sea resort 500km south of Cairo filled with sandy bays and backed by mountains. Also try out the former fishing village of Marsa Alam, which is the southern-most resort on the Red Sea coastline. Wherever you choose to sunbathe, remember that you need to wear sun cream all-year round on a holiday in Egypt and you should drink plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated.
Snorkelling is the ideal way to spend time at the beach, thanks to the warm and clear waters making it incredibly easy to see marine life by the shore. It’s also popular due to the fact that, unlike diving, there is no training needed. By far the most popular place to snorkel is Sharm El Sheikh, with its perfect visibility, and the trendy Naama Bay is regularly packed with holidaymakers and their snorkels. Other places to consider for underwater adventures are Soma Bay and Makadi Bay, both of which have wonderful colourful reefs and warm waters that are perfect for snorkelers of any age.
Egypt’s history is among the most celebrated in the world. The Sphinx is a must-see for anyone visiting the country, but a trip to the less well known Luxor Temple in Thebes is also an absolute must on your holiday to Egypt, as is a visit to Luxor’s Mummification Museum to learn about this intriguing ritual. One of the most historically important places of worship is the Temple of Karnak, where the ancient gods were celebrated. Last, but not least, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo houses the death mask of King Tutankhamun, which is said to be the most beautiful object ever made.
Ancient Egyptian culture is fascinating, but Islam is practised by most Egyptians and so there are beautiful mosques to visit throughout the country which should also be on your to-do list. On the outskirts of Cairo there’s an amazing citadel and a fortress that is worth exploring with the whole family. Further afield, tours to Bedouin villages give you the opportunity to learn more about the nomads of the deserts and drink tea with them. As the sun sets you’ll find the Egyptian souks and bazaars really come alive, with some staying open until midnight to offer market stalls and street food.
Into the Desert
Exploring the rolling golden hills of the desert is a must on any Egypt holiday. Adventure out into the desert by camel or on a horse riding excursion and witness the incredible landscape. If you fancy something more fast-paced then you can even hire a quad bike or a desert buggy and race your friends. For something more romantic, from Cairo you can take a trip to the mountains and then watch the sunset in the desert - the sun seems to shimmer on the horizon before finally dipping out of sight. The White Desert offers tempting camping adventures with places like the Akabat Mountains to visit, making you feel like a true explorer.
One of the unexpected pleasures to be found on a holiday in Egypt is in getting lost in the labyrinth of souks and bazaars, which are packed with stalls featuring clothing, jewellery, pottery and food, amongst other things. You can shop for everything from small antique trinkets to camels, though don’t forget that you can’t take a camel on the plane home! One of the most exciting souks is the Khan Al-Khalili in Cairo, which is one of the world’s oldest bazaars and a great place for souvenir shopping; other souks are found in Luxor and Hurghada. Don’t forget to haggle, too: the seller will give you a very high introductory price, so challenge them immediately with a much lower offer and they’ll know you are serious. It’s all part of the experience and you’ll soon feel like a seasoned pro.
Egypt is one of the most fascinating places on earth, with the pyramids no doubt on the top of everyone’s must-visit list, as well as featuring heavily in many school projects. Meanwhile the Sphinx is still to this day something of a mystery, so let the kids play detective and see it up close. A trip to Thebes and the Valley of the Kings will leave you all breathless and when you step inside Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, discovered back in 1922, you’ll remember it forever. As well as these sights, don’t forget that there are plenty of more modern attractions to tempt young explorers on a holiday in Egypt, such as the coral reefs of the Red Sea, the glittering desert and, of course, the majestic Nile.
Egypt’s beaches are wide and sandy with fantastic water-sports amenities, making them very child friendly. The ever popular Sharm El Sheikh resort offers visitors year-round warm waters that are perfect for snorkelling, paddling or even learning to dive with older children. You can also visit Tiran Island on a glass-bottomed boat trip to see the incredible marine life with the whole family. Meanwhile Hurghada is perfect for beach holidays, with a great mix of attractions to keep you busy and a bustling souk to pick up souvenirs from your stay.
The food on a holiday to Egypt could well be on par with the history, the beaches and the weather. Whether your tastes lie with sticks of kebabs, seafood or vegetables you’re going to be in for a treat. Alexandria is great for seafood and has a good number of restaurants along the coastline. Cairo serves up the luxury end of the market with the lower end and both are as good as each other. The bazaar hosts many a shoarma restaurant where you’ll find kebabs and there is even an Egyptian pancake house for those with a sweet tooth.
A beautiful and luxurious 5 star hotel that’s sure to impress is the Iberotel Il Mercato in Sharm El Sheikh. With a huge range of activities available within the area such as; golf, water sports, and of course plenty of stunning beaches where you can enjoy a spot of sunbathing, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Being one of the best diving destinations in the world there are fantastic diving opportunities available regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert.
Near to the Nightlife
The Aqua Blu Resort Sharm, located in Sharm El Sheikh, has its own water park and a 450 metre-long promenade bustling with cafés, restaurants, bazaars, a supermarket and a bakery. With a lively beachfront promenade and plenty of excellent resort amenities, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, all within easy reach, this hotel is an excellent choice for couples, small groups and families on a holiday to Egypt.
With a View
The luxurious Tiran Island Hotel offers a divine holiday experience with wonderful views over the sea and mountains from every room. With its own private beach it is the perfect location for diving enthusiasts and those seeking a relaxing holiday in a pristine location.
The Hilton Hurghada Resort enjoys a superb beachfront position overlooking the Red Sea. Situated just minutes from the centre of Hurghada, this resort is great for adults and children and is the ideal choice for an Egyptian beach holiday where guests can make full use of the private beach, dive centre and water sports on offer.