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Coastal view of Red Sea - Sharm el-sheikh, Egypt

What We Know About Red Sea

"With it's clear blue sea and exotic marine life, the Red Sea is a perfect haven for families and adventurers alike.."

The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean located between the continents of Africa and Asia. With it's clear blue sea and exotic marine life, it's a perfect haven for families and adventurers alike. On your holiday to the Red Sea, you'll experience all of the culture the mystic east has to offer and much more. Take a trip to a Bedouin village in the desert and you'll find the people famed for their simple lives, yet upon your arrival they will shower you with hospitality and generosity. Get a picture with the pyramids on a daytrip to Cairo or relax with a traditional hammam or massage. With so much to see and do, set in such beautiful surroundings, you'll be forgiven for not wanting to leave.

In terms of getting around, whether your preferred mode of transport is a camel ride, to quad biking, there's a method of travel suitable for everyone. Popular Red Sea resorts include Taba, Sharm El Sheikh, and Hurghada.

Things to do in the Red Sea

Tropical fish in the coral reefs of the Red Sea in Egypt
"The finest coral reefs and a wealth of underwater sea life is waiting to be experienced.."

Red Sea holidays are famous for the diving on offer; there are courses for divers of all levels and instructors who speak a variety of languages. You can even get a PADI, CMAS, or SDI qualification, if you're keen to take diving a little further. The finest coral reefs and a wealth of underwater sea life is waiting to be experienced, so don't forget your swimsuit and snorkel.

If you prefer a more leisurely holiday, then why not visit some of the natural wonders such as Mount Sinai, with a biblical reference to where Moses spent 40 days and nights. You will be able to scale the 7,500ft to the summit via foot or on a camel, and be sure to stay for the amazing sunset. If climbing isn't your thing, you can also try a fishing safari out to sea or kite surfing in the desert, which is sure to set pulses racing. Once you've spent your energy after all of that, take some time to chill out on the beach - Terrazzina comes highly recommended.

Eating, Shopping and Going Out

Red Sea beach restaurant, Sinai, Egypt
"There are amazing local restaurants among the many bazaars dotted around each city.."

As with any destination in the Middle East, you will need to abide by local customs. Drinking alcohol is confined to restaurants and bars and visitors are expected to dress modestly in public. This doesn't mean that you can't still have lots of fun on your Red Sea holiday, made possible by the sheer friendliness and generosity of the local people.

The Food on offer is amazing, with seafood highly recommended and readily available at the majority of restaurants and hotels. You can, however, always find familiar tastes close by, such as the Pomodoro in Sharm. Traditional Italian cuisine can be found here, as well as other home comforts including Indian or the famous ‘Scales and Ales’ fish and chips. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a convenient selection of Egyptian dishes served at the Felfela chain of restaurants. There are also amazing local restaurants among the many bazaars dotted around each city.

As mentioned, there are a variety of excursions to try in Egypt, including day trips to Cairo where you can see the infamous Giza Necropolis known as the 'Great Pyramids' or the 'Valley of the Kings' in Luxor, which is also home to the must-see Karnak Temple.

Weather and Climate

Sunset over the Red Sea - Egypt
"The chance of rain in the Red Sea is minimal, and the year-round hot climate makes a Red Sea Holiday appealing at any time of the year.."

Be sure to pack light clothing, as temperatures range between an average maximum of 35°C in summer (June). If you prefer a cooler climate, aim to travel around October-December time, when the average temperature falls to around 14°C.

Some areas of the Red Sea experience years without rain, suddenly receiving downpours that result in flash floods, so check the regional weather before you travel and be sure to pack appropriate sun protection and medical supplies.

However, the chance of rain in the Red Sea is pretty minimal on the whole and the year-round hot climate makes a Red Sea Holiday appealing at any time of the year.

Where is Red Sea?

Take a look at this map of Red Sea before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Red Sea
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