Beaches and reefs
Sun, sea and sand top the order of business in the Red Sea and Sinai. The thousands of kilometres of white sand here keep some tourists sunlonger-bound for their entire holiday. And the world-class coral reefs mean that other visitors spend their getaways underwater.
Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada
Set on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is probably the best known resort in the area. And it’s easy to see why. The upmarket hotels here take a nothing’s-too-much-trouble approach to service. And the spas, suites, and 5-star quality-control give visitors something to brag about back home. Across the Gulf of Suez, Hurghada has just as much to offer. It has a brilliant wine-and-dine scene, plus some of the liveliest nightlife around.
Taba and Marsa Alam
Elsewhere in the Red Sea and Sinai region, Taba and Marsa Alam take a low-key approach to the beach break. The beaches are among the most unspoilt in Egypt, and evening entertainment revolves around sunsets rather than disco balls.
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Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh, on the Sinai Peninsula, is Egypt’s most popular holiday resort. Sharm, as it’s known, pulls in around 9,000 Brit visitors a week, who love it for the miles of white sand and clear water. Some of the world’s best diving sites are dotted just off the coast, and away from the shore there’s designer shopping and lively nightlife in spades. No wonder its star is still rising.
Hurghada City is the second biggest town on the Red Sea and, thanks to its world-renowned coral reefs, one of Egypt’s busiest holiday destinations. Hundreds of hotels and restaurants are crammed into its serpentine 20-kilometre coastline. To the north is the historic old town, to the south is the brand-new, palm-lined Village Road, and in the middle is Sakalla, the frenetic and fast-paced town centre.
Marsa Alam is the most southern of Egypt’s resorts, occupying a virgin stretch of Red Sea coastline near the Tropic of Cancer. Its shimmering beaches and pinch-me-I’m-dreaming reefs are virtually untouched. But with an ever-growing number of luxury hotels popping up along its 50-kilometre coastline, it’s rising in the popularity stakes.