Giant pyramids, iconic cities and mile-upon-mile of beaches – holidays to Egypt are in a league of their own. In the race for the title of the world’s top holiday destination, Egypt runs with the elite – more than 12 million tourists flock here every year.
You’ve got the visitors who not just come for the pyramids but for the weather and the beaches. Popular spots like Hurghada, Sharm El Shiekh and Marsa Alam are places to dip toes in the clear waters of the Red Sea. Expect white beaches that stretch out like party streamers, some of the world’s best scuba diving sites, and every watersport you can think of.
A holiday to Egypt isn’t just about daytime activities, though. Cocktail bars, karaoke spots and bass-pumping nightclubs all help to get things going when the sun goes down, regardless of which part of Egypt you jet off to. In Sharm El Sheikh, the strip’s the place to be – music concerts and foam parties are just a few of the major events here. Hurghada’s Marine Boulevard, meanwhile, offers up everything from traditional belly-dancing shows to family-friendly seafront bars. And over in Marsa Alam, there are loads of swish restaurants to check out.
Only in Egypt can you sail into the sunset on a felucca cruise along the Nile, jump on the back of a camel and ride into Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, then float facing towards the sky in the glittering expanse of the Red Sea. Take a moment as time stands still in Egypt.
Sightseeing trips are best taken between November and March.