Off to the land on the Nile – most popular seaside resorts on the Red Sea.
Don’t you also long for summer, sun, beach and sea? It doesn’t matter if you are already planning or still looking for inspiration: Holiday starts in your head. And that’s why I take you on a short literary journey to the most beautiful holiday resorts in Egypt.
General information about the holiday resorts in Egypt
The holiday resorts in Egypt, which I will introduce to you right away, are characterized by some similarities. They are located on the Red Sea and are popular dream destinations for wellness fans as well as adventurers. The offers are often similar by the simultaneous proximity to desert and sea. But the respective places differ already in some points. Therefore I will tell you first what there is to do in the bathing resorts in Egypt in general, before it concerns the individual places in particular.
Activities in Egypt Holidays
The holiday resorts in Egypt are simply predestined for long, dreamlike beach walks and for hours of sizzling in the sun (don’t forget to turn around every now and then!). You can also quickly turn your holiday in Egypt into an active holiday. Because in all Egyptian seaside resorts you are practically killed by the offer of water and beach sports. In every place you will find taster courses and courses for beginners and advanced, no matter what you decide in the end.
In the water
For example, you can try your hand on the surfboard, with or without a kite. Or you can set sail and slosh out to sea. All holiday resorts in Egypt also offer guided boat trips. And you won’t only see dolphins and other animals, if they are kind enough to come to the surface for you.
Many boats have a glass bottom. This allows you to get to know the colourful underwater world of the Red Sea in an uncomplicated way and without getting wet. Even submarines are partly provided by the local organizers.
Because it is not least the underwater world on Egypt’s coasts that makes the holiday resorts in Egypt so popular. The diving areas in the Red Sea are world famous for their breathtaking beauty. The magnificent reefs attract divers from all over the world year after year. So, if you are going there, I can only recommend you to try diving or snorkelling in Egypt. It will be unforgettable, I promise!
The tourist centres are prepared for the high demand. There are diving schools everywhere, almost every good hotel even has its own. There are also German diving schools on the Egyptian beaches. It couldn’t be easier! And if you are already an experienced diver, you can go on supervised trips to the most beautiful diving spots nearby.
Also snorkeling trips are offered in every tourist center of Egypt. If you don’t have your own snorkeling equipment, you can usually rent it on site. Snorkeling in itself is not difficult – put on your mask and slide on the water. But if you don’t have any experience at all, it’s worth taking a close look when booking a snorkeling trip to Egypt to see if a snorkeling guide is included in the offer. Many excursions do not include a snorkeling guide. However, if you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact the guide.
But if you have enough of the salt of the Red Sea, there are a lot of dry alternatives you can try.
If you claim after a holiday in Egypt that you are not working at full capacity, then I don’t know what to do. There are probably more sporting opportunities here than some people try out in their whole lives.
If you want to stay close to the beach, you will find places and equipment for beach volleyball and tennis. Many hotels in the Egyptian holiday resorts also have golf courses, some even miniature golf. But it gets really adventurous when you go towards the desert. You can swap the glass bottom boat for a desert ship (aka camel) and sway over the sea of sand.
But you’ll be a bit faster on the quad. With it you can board over the beach as well as through desert areas. And you don’t even need a driver’s license!
As a general means of transport in Egypt the Quads are less suitable, however, as fun as they are. There are more practical alternatives.
Holiday resorts in Egypt – Locomotion
If you venture out of the hotel complex into the city, then you can get to know the real Egyptian life. The only question is how do you get there?
In most holiday resorts there are taxis and mini buses that will get you from A to B quickly and easily. The easiest and most comfortable way is to wave for a taxi. Important practical tips for driving a taxi in Egypt can be found at the bottom of my Egypt Vacation Bargain page.
In the long run the journey with the mini buses is however more favorable. One can also wave at them, but then one shares the trip with other travellers. Such mini buses often stop at a central place and wait until the bus is full. If you want to get off, you just have to draw attention to yourself.
If you want to drive further away or just want to be independent, you can book a rental car in Egypt. You can find suitable offers in my car rental search engine, for example.
It’s also worth taking a look at the bus timetable. Many take you several times a day from a tourist center to other holiday resorts in Egypt.
Hurghada is probably the largest and most popular of the holiday resorts in Egypt. During a Hurghada holiday you can stroll along the beach, dive into the Red Sea and otherwise feel like trying all the water sports ever invented.
The city itself is not yet very old. Before fishermen from the east settled here at the beginning of the last century, there was nothing but beach and desert.
The fishermen began to sell their freshly caught fish to travellers. It soon became clear that Hurghada was in a surprisingly favourable position. Because it flourished like hardly any other holiday resort in Egypt and soon belonged to the largest cities of the country. But it was not until the end of the 80s that the holiday resort became a real tourist magnet.
Hurghada is, as I said, not a very old town. You can search for historical buildings here for a long time (have fun!). Nevertheless, there’s a lot to see if it lures you out of your hotel complex.
In the old town Hurghadas El Dahar pulsates the life and hustle and bustle, as it is usual in Egypt. A trip to the city of Hurghada is definitely worth a visit if you want to get to know the real Egyptian culture. During the day you can stroll through numerous markets (called “souks”), visit small shops and boutiques or visit the fish market. Several times a week there are bazaars (also called “markets”). In El Dahar you are sure to find a nice souvenir to remember your trip to Egypt. Starving and dying of thirst might also be difficult with the many restaurants and bars here. In the evenings, animators provide entertainment, which is especially good on the musical track. Even if you are planning your party holiday in Hurghada, El Dahar with its discos is the place to be for you.
In Sekalla you’ll rather stay among the holidaymakers. That’s the name of the district around the many hotels on the beaches. Here, too, you’ll find lots of entertainment, shopping opportunities and a thrilling nightlife. You can also walk along the Hurghada Marina.
You see, it’s definitely not getting boring in any of the holiday resorts in Egypt. Or do you long for boredom? No problem, leave the oversupply of excursions and activities to the left and turn to the numerous wellness offers that most Egyptian hotels have.