Cheap Holidays to Egypt
Popular Destinations in Egypt
Egypt Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Egypt
Accommodation in Egypt is plentiful, and you can choose from large luxurious resort hotels, smaller more traditional Bedouin style rooms and beach huts to cheap self-catering apartments. Depending on what you want your Egyptian experience to be, you’ll be able to find something for everybody.
Many of the Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are sprawled across large areas of the desert, so travelling from one spot to another can only be done by car. Hotels will offer taxi services so make sure to book before you go out, and the large tourist spots are bound to have plenty of taxis ready to take you back to your resort. If you’re going on a self-catering holiday, make sure to book a car so you can pick it up when you arrive.
Where to Stay
There are numerous resorts to choose from for your Red Sea holiday to suit any style of vacation. Big chain hotels with their own restaurants, pools and entertainment are great for a family holiday, while smaller, more traditional places are great for the more adventurous who want to explore the area more. Many of the resorts don’t have their own beaches but can arrange for excursions to private beaches with organised activities. Self-catering apartments usually have a communal pool and can give you the option to book into some of the private beaches.
A brilliant destination for a beach holiday, Hurghada is located on the west side of the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt. It’s famous for its spectacular coral reefs and crystal clear, warm waters which are ideal for diving. A lot of hotels here are all-inclusive and packed with so much to do you’ll never need to leave, but for those who want to venture further afield, there’s plenty to do. For a traditional atmosphere head to the bazaar at El Dahar, the old town. The marina is home to some fabulous fine dining spots, and after dark the city comes alive with numerous pubs, Bedouin bars and discos playing music late into the night. For something a bit different, you can take part in an exciting jeep safari in the Eastern Arabian Desert.
Sham el Sheikh
Enjoy your Sharm el Sheikh holiday in this well-developed Egyptian holiday destination on the Sinai Peninsula. The resort sits between the mountains and the crystal clear Red Sea. Sharm el Sheikh has slowly developed over the last 40 years. Originally a tiny Bedouin fishing village, the resort has now blossomed into one of the main dive centres in the world.
What to see
A holiday in Egypt can be whatever you want it to be. For those who fancy a large hotel complex with pools, in-house activities and entertainment, there are plenty of those to choose from. If you fancy staying in a quieter spot and choose to plan your own activities there are local guides and hosts that can organise excursions such as quad biking in the desert, swimming with dolphins, Bedouin tea in the desert, boat trips and various water sports. Most beaches offer massages by the shore as well as other beauty treatments, so you can exfoliate before you start working on your tan. For culture vultures, travel to Cairo to see the pyramids and explore the city or take a trip down the Nile to experience the Valley of the Kings and other historical spots.
One of the main draws of a holiday in Egypt is the beauty of the Red Sea. It offers some of the most exquisite snorkelling and diving experiences and wonderful boat trips where you can spot dolphins in the wild. Book in for banana boat trips and glass bottom excursions to see the beautiful coral reefs and exotic marine life. It’s one of the best places for divers, with PADI courses available for novices and night dives and deep-sea dives available for the more experienced divers.
Traditional entertainment is mixed with modern music during holidays in Egypt. Many of the Red Sea hotels feature late night bars and in-house entertainment so if you wish to stay in resort, you can enjoy a fun evening without even venturing out. If you do decide to go further afield, jump in a taxi and head off to the main tourist spots which boast a plethora of restaurants, bars and late-night clubs. Dancing Bedouins, camel rides and late-night shopping are all available in and around the main strips. The Old Market of Sharm El Sheikh features a large show each evening with belly dancers and other traditional displays or for a more western night out try Soho Square which features an English style pub, Ice Bar, ice skating rink, sushi restaurant as well as a club.
What to eat
The food in Egypt does not disappoint. As many of the resorts are all inclusive you can choose from buffet style breakfasts available and many on-site restaurants but if you choose to venture out for a meal there is plenty to choose from. With cuisines ranging from traditional Egyptian, Lebanese and Moroccan to Italian, Japanese and even American fast food chains. There are also wonderful seafood restaurants at the Old Market in Sharm el Sheikh where you can choose the fish you want to be served, making it as fresh as can be. The bustling city of Cairo boasts many fine dining experiences as well as traditional cuisine in the local cafes.
Market shopping is the way forward in Egypt, from traditional souvenirs to ancient Egyptian inspired artefacts. For the fashion conscious, there are many boutiques and stores with all kinds of designer inspired clothes, silver jewellery and accessories as well as real leather shops scattered around the market. There are also food markets with fresh vegetables and seafood where you can stock up on the finest ingredients. It’s probably best to go either with a guide or in a bigger group as the vendors quite enthusiastically try to get your attention if you look like you’re not sure where you’re going. For more modern shops and boutiques, try the air-conditioned malls that feature even more designer style merchandise albeit with a slightly higher price point.
Fast Facts about Egypt
- Direct flight time: around 5 hours from London
- Time Zone: CET (+1 hour)
- Currency: Egyptian Pound
- Language: Arabic
- Average price of a domestic beer: 24 EG
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 89 EG