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Egypt Holidays generally consist of hot temperatures, great watersports including diving opportunities and lots of ancient history. Use our Egypt Travel Guide below to help you plan your holiday and find Egypt hotels.
Egypt is situated in North East Africa, bordered by Israel, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Libya. It also includes the Sinai Peninsula. Both the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea lap at its shores. A very popular tourist destination with UK tourists, Egypt offers a wealth of history of ancient civilizations aswell as well developed tourist areas and hot dry weather almost all year round. Many of the population live along the banks of the famous River Nile, which flows throughEgypt on its journey towards the Mediterranean Sea.
When thinking of Egypt, the amazing hot deserts of the Sahara and its many arid formations naturally spring to mind but Egypt also consists of beautiful landscapes in the form of mountains and underwater wonders. Renowned for its wonderful diving opportunities, Egypt has fast become one of the major diving spots in the world and offers world class snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in the Red Sea.
But the possibilities don't stop there, Egypt has many places to explore such as the Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and others such as the amazing Bazaar in Cairo, a cruise along the Nile and the Egyptian Museum. It's worth planning ahead and deciding what kind of holiday you'd like before you set off for Egypt. If you are a sun worshipper or diving enthusiast, head for tourist resorts such as Hurghada, El Gouna, Sharm el Sheikh and Taba, experience the hustle and bustle of Egypt life in the capital city of Cairo, or head towards Luxor and Aswan to experience amazing historical attractions.
Egypt typically consists of hot days and cool nights with varied temperatures between the coastal and inland desert areas partly because Egypt is such a large country and covers a vast area. Temperatures can reach a peak of about 38°C in July and even mid 40°C's, dropping to as low as 10°C at night. January in contrast has an average daytime temperature of 22°C.
The best time of year to visit the ancient monuments is between February to April and the months of October/November generally as it is hot, but not too hot during these months and you will hopefully avoid the sand storms, or Khamsin as they are called, that can occur usually towards the end of April. Being one of the hottest and sunniest countries in the world, there are many resorts to choose from. Sharm El Sheikh still remains a firm favourite with UK holidaymakers, due to its wealth of sandy beaches, milder weather compared to Egypt's inland and fascinating underwater life in the Red Sea. Hurghada has also built a tourist industry around watersports and is a popular lively holiday resort. Other beach resorts include Makadi Bay - a custom built modern resort, Taba and Marsa Alam - a hidden jewel and much more low key than some of the other resorts. A Nile Cruise is an amazing way to experience Egyptand can show you many sights you may not see if holidaying at one of the main beach resorts. For Egyptian culture and history, visit Luxor or Cairo.
Many of the airports in Egypt are used to carry passengers using direct flights from the UK. Most of the main resorts have an airport including Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Cairo, Hurghada, Taba and Marsa Alam. As Egypt is not considered a long haul destination, flights are typically 5 hours, flights are available in the UK from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.
For the best nightlife in Egypt you'll need to head to either Cairo or one of the main holiday resorts. Cairo is wildly diverse in its offering, with bars and cafes to sit and drink wine to some of the liveliest and hottest clubs in Egypt. Most of the main holiday resorts offer bars, clubs and cafes, some within the many luxurious hotels, and some quieter than others such as El Gouna or Marsa Alam. Egypt is predominantly muslim so it should be considered that overtly sexual or drunken behaviour is not tolerated, a plus for many holidaymakers!
There are so many things to do in Egypt that it is difficult to decide where to visit!. The main attractions you should not miss include the Great Sphinx, the Giza Pyramids - visit the nightly sound and light show there, the Egyptian Museum which includes the Tutenkhamun exhibition and the Temple of Karnak in Luxor and built over a period of 1300 years. While in Egypt, if near Cairo you should also take the opportunity to visit one of the largest markets in the world, the Khan al Khalili situated in Islamic Cairo. There are numerous archeological sites and temples to be visited, a good way to visit them is during a cruise on the Nile, stopping at places such as Edfu or Kom Ombo. Don't forget to visit also the historic and wondrous Valley of the Kings, situated on the West bank of the Nile River.
Egypt is a large country which offers a huge wealth of ancient historical artefacts, amazing sights to see, a wonderful hot climate, beautiful beaches and scuba diving opportunities galore! It can be hard to decide which resort to visit in Egypt and how to plan your itinerary if you wish to travel and visit some of the attractions Egypt has to offer. Use our resort guides below or speak to a holiday holiday travel agent for advice and the choice of many cheap holidays to Egypt.