Egypt is a popular holiday destination for tourists from around the world who make the journey year round to grab a bit of that sun and warm weather. If it’s somewhere you’d like to visit, to get your money’s worth, book during the ‘off season’ between October and April. Not only will it be cheaper, but there will also be less people around and the weather is ever so slightly cooler than the scorching summer temperatures of up to 41C, meaning that you’ll be able to visit the attractions more easily. A flight to Egypt is only 5 or 6 hours from the UK, so it’s not difficult to get to.
Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula is a favourite resort amongst holiday-makers and it’s easy to see why. With white sandy beaches that seem to stretch for miles as well as crystal clear waters that are perfect for diving and snorkelling, you barely even need to leave the beach on a holiday there. It’s pretty easy to do so too, particularly if you’re staying somewhere like Sultan Gardens Shark Bay, which even, has its own private beach. If you do decide to venture out a little though, go a bit adventurous and take a safari into the Sinai desert and mountains, or explore another of the local towns such as Naama Bay to see a bit of the local life.
Cairo and Gisa are the more popular resorts for history enthusiasts and adventurers though as these are situated on the banks of the River Nile very near to the iconic Pyramids and Great Sphinx. In addition to the archaeological sites themselves, both towns have a number of air conditioned museums as well as mosques, markets and parks to visit.
If you’ve traveled a little further along the Nile Valley, Luxor is another centre of Egyptian history. Home to the Valley of the Kinds, the Valley of the Queens, Luxor Temple, the Temples of Karnak and the Colossi o Memnon. You could spend a whole week in the area and still not see everything there is on offer. Make sure to visit the local souk at Aswan, which is a brightly coloured array of stalls filled with noise and bustle where you’re bound to find some very different but traditional souvenirs.
The Egyptian diet is very varied. If you’re not feeling up to trying something new, all the major cities will have the typical fast food chains that we all know, and smaller towns are more interested in international cuisine such as Italian, Japanese and Mexican. But traditional Egyptian dishes are nearly always served with bread. For a quick traditional meal, try shawarma, which is lamb cooked on a spit.