With golden beaches, red-tinged deserts and a deep blue sea, holidays to Egypt are filled with colour.

Cradle of civilisation

From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the metropolis of Cairo and the majestic Nile River, Ancient Egypt is teeming with stories to tell. You’ll find plenty of historical sights to ponder, from ancient to modern, then you can relax on the Red Sea Riviera and the Sinai Peninsula.

Head to Hurghada

From a tiny Bedouin village, Hurghada has transformed into a top family-friendly destination on Egypt's Red Sea Coast. Its long, golden beach is split into sections, each owned by a hotel – as a rule, each patch supplies guests with sunbeds, umbrellas and other essentials, as well as a watersports hut. It’s a done deal, and a world-famous spot for scuba diving, too. Base yourself here and you'll be in easy reach of other resorts like Soma or Makadi Bay, Sahl Hasheesh, as well as El Gouna.

The serene south

Go south from Hurghada and you’ll eventually come to Marsa Alam. This tiny, quiet resort has a more relaxed vibe. Snorkel or dive in dolphin-inhabited waters, discover its coral reefs and see turtles and dugongs. The marine life here is mega. From here, you can also roam the Roman and Egyptian ruins of Quseir or ride through the Valley of the Camels.

The charm of Sharm

Another popular coastal town is Sharm El Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula. A whopping 35 kilometres of coastline makes up this sandy beach beauty. The sea offers shipwrecks and reefs to explore, while back on land, pool parties, clubs and concerts are all decked out and ready for a dance. Plus, family holidays here might have you hopping over to Naama Bay's waterpark or take off on a desert safari.

At a Glance

  • Scuba dive to see the Red Sea's coral reefs
  • Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Giza pyramids
  • Cruise down the River Nile

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