Taba is a small resort at the Northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba and the northernmost resort of the Red Sea Riviera. Once just a stopover on the caravan route and for travellers crossing the border from Israel, Taba is now a relaxing holiday getaway with its scenic bays, lagoons, and azure coastline set amongst the mighty Mount Sinai backdrop. Holidays in Taba are all about the fun and exciting activities on offer such as water sports and snorkelling in the colourful reefs. The nearby Sinai landmarks, including the impressive Coloured Canyon, the inspiring St. Catherine's Monastery and the massive Saladin fortress, are all within a couple of hours away from Taba. Twenty kilometres south, you’ll find the purpose-built resort of Taba Heights, which is full of luxury hotels, casinos and a championship golf course. Why not sample the delights of Taba for yourself – a flight to Taba takes just over 5 hours from most UK airports – and when you add in over 300 days of golden sunshine a year, it’s easy to see why Taba is the perfect choice for a year-round family beach holiday
There are lots of things to do on a holiday in Taba. For the adventurous, try a desert safari, take a day trip in the Rocky Mountains or a hiking or quadbike trip or a camel ride through the desert. Look out for the rare Sinai Leopard and the Black Eagle on a trip to Taba Protected Area. A short ferry ride will take you to the Island of the Pharaoh with its coral reef and Sala El Din fortress. 15kms south of Taba youll find The Fjord a spectacular diving spot for the experienced diver theres the Fjord Hole to explore or for the novice divers theres the Fjord Banana, a shallow reef with fish and corals.
Afterdark entertainment in Taba is mainly confined to the hotels, although some of these offer a good range of facilities, including bars and discos. There are also regular programmes of entertainment, including live music, dancing, cultural shows and floorshows. The Hilton, the first resort hotel to be built in Taba, has its own onsite casino. The casino is open round the clock at weekends, and drinks and snacks are available.
Your dining out choices in Taba are quite limited but the majority of hotels offer an international menu. You will find a small selection of restaurants serving traditional Egyptian fare such as grilled lamb kebabs, falafels and 'baba ganoush'. Desserts include baklava, fatir pancakes and basbousa, and there's plenty of delicious fresh fruit as an alternative including figs, dates, orange and pomegranates. Egypt is a Muslim country but you will still find alcohol served in the hotels. Tea is served in glasses and comes dark and impossibly sweet; the same is true with coffee, which is taken in the Turkish style.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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