Sea holiday in Egypt.When you’re planning a holiday to the Red Sea coast, it’s sometimes difficult to know which resort to choose. Egypt offers some fantastic options, whether you’re going with a group of friends or taking the family away for the Summer. Here’s ZME’s breakdown of the top places to go for that perfect, Red
Dahab is popular with young couples and groups for its laid-back atmosphere and cool, mellow attitude. The waters are calm and shallow, making it ideal for diving and snorkelling, with stunning reef sites around the coastline. Holidays to Dahab are also perfect for kite-surfing, as the soft waves and calm winds ensure a steady day out on the water. Sunbathing on the golden beaches is just as rewarding, and the scenery is spectacular – high-rise buildings are banned in the resort, so the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains are almost completely unspoiled.
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Dahab’s nightlife is similarly bohemian, with a number of quirky, unique bars to head to once the sun goes down. For the best nights out, follow the Dahab Parties around – these are held in a different venue twice a week, and promise the best house and dance music in town, for a different party every night during your Egypt holiday! Dahab’s hotels are varied and exciting; try the Happy Life Dahab, boasting a huge range of resources from games rooms to salons, or the Hilton Dahab, a 5-star paradise with private beach and water garden.
Hurghada is a large resort on the western coast of Egypt, popular with families on holidays to Egypt, thanks to its excellent resources and nearby attractions. The wide beaches are ideal for sunbathing, with 20 kilometres of golden sands and shallow waters for playing and paddling in. Adventurous families can try a spot of diving, as the Red Sea’s marine life is some of the most beautiful in the world. If you’d rather keep your feet on dry land, the city of Hurghada is an excellent place to spend an afternoon, with guided tours around the mosques, and plenty of cafés and restaurants to relax in, as well as a number of bazaars and boutique shops to explore. Head out of the city for some truly fascinating excursions into Egypt, including the pyramids in Cairo, or the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor.
Hurgharda boasts a number of luxurious and family-friendly hotels, including the Hilton Long Beach Resort, with private beach and several swimming pools, and the Jungle Aqua Park, a great choice for families with kids, boasting a huge number of pools, water flumes and family activities, as well as a private beach for perfecting those watersports!
Holidays to Marsa Alam are ideal for those looking for a cultural Red Sea destination. Excursions are a popular way to explore the surrounding area and discover the history of the southern regions, from Stone Age paintings to 19th century fortifications. Explore Cleopatra’s Mines, once a rich resource of gold and emeralds, or head out to the Valley of Baths, an ancient trading route containing beautiful hieroglyphic inscriptions. The monuments to times closer to present day are just as prominent; El Quseir Fort, built in 1571, still stands as a formidable reminder of the region’s past, and guided tours provide a fascinating insight into the wars fought here over hundreds of years. Alternatively, make an overnight trip to the ancient city of Luxor, which boasts a huge wealth of temples and historic monuments, and a number of bazaars and street cafés in which to enjoy the sunshine.
The resort itself has some spectacular beaches, and a beautiful climate, for days spent relaxing by the shore. The Brayka Bay Resort Hotel boasts a luxurious private beach and coral, perfect for diving, while the Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Hotel has a heated swimming pool with stunning views over the Red Sea, for a restful break from exploring the region’s treasures!
Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh is one of the biggest and most popular resorts on the Red Sea, and a good all-rounder for families, groups and couples looking for somewhere with plenty to see and do. The resort is known for its fantastic diving opportunities, with beautifully clear waters and a wealth of exotic coral reefs, as well as diving schools to ensure even first-time families can have a go! If you’d rather stay dry, the beaches themselves are stunning, with soft golden sands perfect for kids to run around on, and the glass-bottomed boat trips give you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the marine life whilst lying back in the sun!
The resort’s many shops and cafés provide plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy, and in the evening you’ll find some of the biggest and best nightlife in the region. Terrazina beach is known to have some of the wildest parties, including top DJs and stunning fire shows, perfect for letting your hair down (just be careful with all that fire)! The hotels are just as varied – The Rehana Resort in particular promises a private beach, a water park and a health club, ideal for families and groups.