Temperature: 18-33 (°C)
There's never a bad time for a holiday to Egypt; it’s always shades and shorts weather in this part of the world. There are only two distinct seasons: the hot, dry summers which fall between May and October, in which temperatures can climb to as high as 38°C, with very little chance of rain. If you’d prefer less sticky highs in the mid-20s (°C), visit between November and April, which is considered to be winter in this sun-bleached country. Temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, even at the peak of the season.
Underwater explorers: With over 250km of coastal reefs, there’s plenty of opportunity for everyone from green-gilled snorkelers to the most seasoned divers. The crystal-clear waters are home to over 1,200 species of fish, around 120 of which are to be found nowhere else in the world, making it one of the world’s top destinations for underwater exploration.
Beach lovers: Soaking up the sun on a powder-soft sand beach is a highlight of any holiday. While all of the beaches are stunning in themselves, there are a few jewels in the country’s crown: look out for the Sunken City of the Sahl Hasheesh Bay, El Nayzak in Marsa Alam, and Soma Bay, near Hurghada.
Active types: While there are plenty of water sports for you to get involved with on your holidays to Egypt, there’s even more on offer on land! Go rock-climbing in Dahab, kayak along the Nile; head over to Cairo and you can even go skiing on an indoor slope, complete with over 7,000 tons of snow!
Language: The primary language spoken here is Arabic, so make sure to pack a phrasebook.
Currency: The currency used here is the Egyptian pound (E£).
Local time: Egypt is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport. Transfer times to resorts are around 30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Egypt is around 5 hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.egypt.travel.
Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays to Egypt.
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By minibus: Each resort has a good network of minibuses operating around the main towns. These usually operate on a fixed route and you can call out to the driver when you want to get off.
By taxi: It’s easy to flag down a taxi, but if they don’t use the meter, then ensure you agree a price in advance and pay only at the end of the journey.
By shuttle bus: Many hotels operate shuttle buses into town or the nearest beach.
New Year: No matter where you're staying on your holiday, there's always a party going on at New Year; a great way to kick things off!
On the waterfront: Friday night is Marina Party night in El Gouna, with live music and dancing beside the bobbing yachts.
Ramadan: The fasting month of Ramadan is marked across the country, although it won’t be as disruptive in the resorts as elsewhere in the country. Immediately afterwards, the festivals of Eid al-Fitr, and later Eid al-Adha, are holidays when Egyptian families will often travel to resorts, so these are likely to be busier.
For up to date advice on travelling to Egypt, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/safety-and-security