An up and coming tourist retreat, Egypt is full of bustling beachside resorts, 5,000 years of history and diving sites that will take your breath away.
We all think we know Egypt, right? This is the land of the Pharaohs, pyramids, underground tombs and desert-roaming camels after all. But Egypt is much more than just ancient wonders and grains of sand. With its Red Sea Riviera of bustling resorts, turquoise seas and imposing mountain backdrops, Egypt is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. And what’s more, you’ll find that holidays to the desert are far less painful on your bank balance.
While you might get more for your money in Egypt, your holiday experience will still be priceless. There are few places in the world that offer historical marvels on the scale of this place, and you’ll need a good few weeks to see them all. From the mighty Pyramids of Giza and the soaring temples of Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings and the massive temple complex of Karnak, Egypt is overflowing with historical goodies at every turn. Its cities are big, brash and full of character. Cairo is a medieval treat of ancient bazaars and winding back streets in addition to its surprisingly lively and modern nightlife. Whether you’re seeing the country from a different perspective as you sail down the Nile on a felucca, or watching the sun rise from the top of spiritual Mount Sinai, Egypt is full of magical moments that will last a lifetime.
And when it’s not bombarding you with 5,000 years of history or enchanting you with its desert landscapes, it’ll have you relaxing on its beaches, diving in its seas and partying in its busy Red Sea resorts. Egypt has some of the best beaches in the world and arguably its best dive sites too – trust us, you won’t have seen anything like the underwater life here. Holiday hot spots like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada pull in the crowds with swathes of sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a wealth of activities. Whether you’re coming with your family in tow, as an independent traveller or you’re looking for a party, Egypt will do more than just meet your expectations. For an all round holiday adventure, it’s got to be the land of the Pharaohs.
With most of Egypt being covered in desert, the country is covered in almost perpetual sunshine from January to December. Summers can get very hot with average temperature often peaking in the late 30s during July and August. That said, you can expect cooler temperatures in the country’s coastal resorts, such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, thanks to the prevailing sea breeze. Winters are also warm with average temperatures in the low 20s. And because this is the desert, you shouldn’t worry about bringing a brolly.