With a captivating mixture of unique historical sites, natural beauty and beach resorts, it’s easy to understand why a holiday in Egypt is fast becoming a popular choice with British holidaymakers. Egypt's desert climate makes it the perfect destination for year round sunshine, especially in the winter. Holidays in Egypt offer something for every kind of holidaymaker: couples, culture vultures, families, honeymooners and adrenalin junkies. Cairo and Luxor are packed full of fascinating sites and museums, while the Red Sea coast offers outstanding diving and brilliant beach resorts. For an unforgettable experience, take a cruise on the Red Sea or the River Nile. All-inclusive holidays in Egypt are excellent for money, especially in beach resorts like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Visit Egypt and discover what makes it so popular - and with flights to Egypt taking just over 5 hours from most UK departure airports, this exotic country is closer than you think.
Egypt's Red Sea coast has some of the best beaches in the world, meaning there are plenty of water sports and boat trips on offer. Don't miss a chance to snorkel on the stunning coral reefs, or enrol at a PADI school and learn to dive. Active visitors can enjoy desert quad biking, horse riding, golf, and hiking. Many hotels have their own onsite water parks popular with families and younger guests. Haggle for bargains in the colourful bazaars, or pick up bargains in souvenir shops. No Egypt holiday would be complete without seeing the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza and it is possible to take a longer excursion to Cairo from the Red Sea resorts. Luxor is packed with fascinating attractions including Egyptology museums and the Karnak Temple.
Most of the entertainment in Red Sea Riviera hotels tends to be hotelbased and includes dazzling bellydancing shows and live Egyptian music. Sharm el Sheikh is the place to head for buzzing nightlife: Naama Bay is a pedestrianised area packed with bars and discos, including famous names like Pacha and Hard Rock Caf. Sophisticated nightclubs, bars and restaurants can be found in Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria and most large towns.
Many hotels in Egypt's coastal resorts are all inclusive and serve up a good mix of international buffet food as well as local specialities. In larger resorts, you'll find restaurants serving up food from all over the world as well as the odd fast food joint. Don't miss a chance to sample the local, flavoursome cuisine. Although Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is available in cafestyle bars, hotels and many restaurants in larger towns, cities and resorts. A favourite Egyptian pastime is wiling away the hours in a coffeehouse (ahwa) over a game of backgammon and a sheesha waterpipe. Tea is served in glasses and comes dark and impossibly sweet; the same is true with coffee, which is taken in the Turkish style.
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