Palm-fringed beaches, clear blue waters, romantic desert landscapes and the opportunity to see the history of an ancient civilization – if that sounds good to you, then pack your bags because the Egyptian Red Sea Coast is calling.
Adventure for extreme sports enthusiasts
The Egyptian Red Sea Coast is a haven for sports enthusiasts. There is something for every adventurous traveler. You can spend the day camel trekking or quad biking across sand dunes, having a meal with Bedouin tribes in the desert, or you can go rock climbing on the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. If you’d prefer to spend the day at the beach there is always kite surfing and sailing to keep you busy. If you’re taking a holiday rental in Dahab, the formidable winds provide the perfect windsurfing conditions.
Of course, the main reason tourists visit the area is because it’s renowned as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world. The diversity of marine life, warm waters, and untouched reefs make Red Sea diving a must activity for travellers.
Hurghada is popular with less experienced divers and those who prefer to snorkel. You’ll marvel at the colourful tropical fish that inhabit the vibrant coral reef. If you’d prefer to enjoy the reef without getting wet you can always take a ride in a glass-bottom boat.
Sharm el-Sheikh sits at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and boasts one of the world’s finest wreck dives and is the perfect place to spot barracudas and sharks. If you’re a dive enthusiast then you can’t miss exploring the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. It can get quite crowded though, so if you want to avoid the crowds it’s best to book a dive safari, which is inexpensive and gives you the chance to explore reefs further away.
Treading in the footsteps of the Pharaohs
No holiday to Egypt would be complete without exploring some of Egypt’s most important monuments. With so many ancient pyramids and temples scattered throughout the country you might find yourself hard-pressed to squeeze all these magnificent sites into your trip. If you have any interest in history and ancient civilizations, then sites that simply cannot be missed are the Great Pyramids at Giza, the daily light and sound show at Abu Simbel, and the spectacular Temple of Karnak at Luxor, with it’s towering columns. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has an incredible display of artifacts that depict the history of this ancient civilization and is certainly worth a visit. For the experience of a lifetime take a Felucca on a sunset cruise down the Nile. These sail boats have been used in Egypt for hundreds of years.
Shop ‘til you drop
Egypt is a shoppers paradise! You can find excellent quality goods like carpets and rugs, leather goods and spices, at bargain prices. Looking for an Egyptian-themed souvenir? Why not buy a traditional sheesha (water-pipe) or a Cartouches (a metal plate with your name engraved in hieroglyphics)? Most importantly, if you’re shopping at a market or street vendor, don’t forget to haggle, haggle, haggle!
The best time to visit the Red Sea coast is out of peak season, from March to May and September to November. The warm weather, friendly locals, fascinating landscape and competitive prices will keep you coming back for more.