Famed for its breath-taking pyramids, beautiful sphinxes and the Valley of the Kings, the transcontinental country of Egypt is steeped in historical gems. However, many people searching for a world-class beach holiday may have never even considered Egypt as a potential destination.
But with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, how do you differentiate? Let us be your guide as we walk you through some of Egypt’s best beach locations.
Sharm el-Sheikh is situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and boasts year-round sunshine which is perfect for experiencing the constantly warm waters of the Red Sea. Furthermore, it features an abundance of coral reefs, making it an excellent destination for divers and snorkelers alike.
During the winter months, the temperature fluctuates between 20-25 degrees Celsius but in the summer it can get as hot as 35 degrees – great for anyone in search of that perfect suntan. For more adventurous travellers, there are a variety of water sports on offer such as windsurfing, parasailing, boating and canoeing. Head to Naama bay if you want to find the place where it’s always happening day and night or make your way to Old Town to find a shopper’s paradise for that delightful souvenir.
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Also located on the Sinai Peninsula is the small town of Dahab. Literally meaning ‘gold’ in Arabic, Dahab is low-key, low-rise and laid back – a breath of fresh air compared to the hustle and bustle of some Egyptian cities.
However, that said, Dahab is continuing to establish itself as the Middle East’s prime beach destination for independent travellers from all over the world. With safe diving, shorefront restaurants and family-friendly accommodation, Dahab now appeals to a larger variety of tourists.
Dahab is the perfect location from which to explore the nearby Ras Mohammed National Park. In fact, just a short boat ride and you’ll be discovering the world-class reefs that this national park affords. So if you’re looking for a mellow beach destination that exudes a certain resort chic, Dahab could be perfect for you. After all, who can argue with Oceanside dining, crystal-clear diving, desert trekking, and sheesha sessions?
On the western shore of the Red Sea is the Egyptian town of Marsa Alam. A diver’s haven for many years now, Marsa Alam is now appealing to travellers from different walks of life thanks to the Egyptian government’s heavy investment along the coastline. Its beautiful secret is well and truly out and it is now touted as the Red Sea Riviera’s best tourist destination. Boasting a plethora of newly-built resorts nearby, Marsa Alam is also a great location from which to visit Egypt’s vast Eastern Desert – an area once mined for gold and emeralds by the Romans.
Abu Dabab beach is the go-to place for divers and the question isn’t whether you’ll see a sea turtle, it’s how many will you see!