Drizzle, sub-zero temperatures and moody skies – winter in the UK is rarely inspiring. So this year, why not escape the grey and jet off to a fabulous winter sun destination where you can bask in balmy temperatures and flop on the beach with nothing more to worry about than topping up your tan?
The resorts of the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt offer all this and more. Blessed with year-round sun, pristine beaches, exquisite coral reefs, and warm, crystal clear waters, they offer all the ingredients for the perfect winter escape.
In addition, these resorts also make a great base for exploring more of fabulous Egypt, with its fascinating archaeological wonders, historical treasures and ancient sites.
Where should I stay?
There are several Red Sea resorts to choose from for your Arabian adventure. Destinations such as Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam are some of the most popular beach resorts boasting palm fringed beaches,
exciting water sports, plenty of attractions and a range of accommodation to suit every pocket, from five star luxury to bargain beds.
Meanwhile, quieter and more laid back resorts include elegant El Gouna, Nuweiba and Taba, while Dahab has a relaxed and bohemian vibe – so take your pick!
Things to see and places to visit
Egypt isn’t all about beaches and relaxation – there is more than enough to see and do if you get itchy feet. And boasting some of the most incredible places to see, it would be crazy not to get out and about while on holiday here.
World class dive sites
An underwater rainbow paradise awaits those who opt to try diving in the red sea resorts of Egypt – one of the world’s best destinations for diving.
Whether you’re a beginner or looking to achieve your PADI qualifications, you can enjoy swimming with beautiful tropical fish, admiring stunning coral reefs and exploring fascinating shipwrecks.
If you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of Hurghada, a trip to Giftun Island is a fantastic excursion. Lounge on the protected beaches, snorkel in the crystal waters and bask in the real ‘castaway’ feeling offered by the paradise island.
Mysterious Cairo and ancient treasures
Mysterious Cairo has captured the imagination of travellers for years and a winter holiday in Egypt will allow you to experience the wonder of world-famous sites such as the awesome Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum
(which showcases Tutankhamun’s golden death mask among its hundreds of ancient artefacts) and the Sphinx.
The land of the Pharaohs
The intriguing ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ will transport you back 5,000 years in history. See the incredible Karnak Temple complex, and the Valley of the Kings. It’s truly inspiring.
If you want to fast-forward in time, the Nile city of Luxor offers plenty of other activities such as felucca boat trips, hot air balloon rides across the desert and colourful and chaotic souks to try your hand at haggling.
Whether you opt to travel by camel, jeep or beach buggy, taking a trip into the mysterious desert will give you a truly memorable holiday experience.
Not only will you experience the wilderness of the desert but many of the excursions also include a trip to a Bedouin camp where you can enjoy a meal, drinks and find out all about the ancient traditions of the Bedouin tribes.