Temperature: June to September are the hottest months of the year, ideal for a sun-soaked holiday. Winter is mild, too, with temperatures rising up to 24°C in November. Even in January and February (the coldest months of the year) it rarely drops below 21°C.
Best time to visit: If you like things hot, book your holiday in June, July, August or September. If you prefer things a little cooler then book a holiday during the winter months.
Scuba-divers: Breathtaking reefs and colourful marine life are all part and part of a trip to the Red Sea Riviera, which boasts some of the finest dive sites on the planet.
Beach lovers: Sun, sea and sand are firmly on the menu with your Red Sea holiday. There are hundreds of kilometres of white-sand beaches to enjoy, and some of you won’t want to leave your sun lounger for the duration of your trip.
Adventurers: Go beyond resorts and cities like Sharm el Sheik and Hurghada and explore to the desert from the comfort of a jeep, experience the nomadic Bedouin way of life, or journey to the ancient pyramids in Cairo.
More about Red Sea
Language: The language spoken here is Arabic.
Currency: The currency used is the Egyptian pound (EGP).
Local time: The Red Sea is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport or Sharm el Sheikh Airport. Transfer times to the Red Sea resorts take 20–50 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to the Red Sea is 5.5 hours.
Tourist information: Read more tourist information at www.egypt.travel.
Visa / health: Before your Red Sea holiday, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
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By taxi: You’ll find plenty of taxis in the resorts here, especially in Hurghada and Marsa Alam where they’re the best way to get around. Make sure you agree a price before you get in to avoid expensive fares, and always look for licenced taxis that are metered. Ask at your hotel for details.
By tuk-tuk: These automated rickshaws are the main form of transport in El Gouna, and they’re cheap, too.
On the waterfront: Over in El Gouna, the weekly marina party takes place every Friday at Abu Tig Marina. From 8pm, you’ll find live entertainment and loads of good food in this picturesque spot. It’s the perfect spot to experience some authentic Egyptian flavours and relax with the locals.
Desert beats: Hurghada is fast becoming one of the leading party hotspots on the Red Sea Riviera. The marina is packed with vibrant restaurants, and plenty of bars and clubs with a great atmosphere every night of the week.
Ramadan: Ramadan (a holy month of fasting) is a key annual event in the Muslim calendar. It’s unlikely to affect the restaurants and bars in your hotel, but you might find restrictions elsewhere. Dates vary year on year, but it’s usually in May or June.
For up to date advice on travelling to Egypt, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/safety-and-security