Red Sea and Sinai

Beaches and reefs

Sun, sea and sand top the order of business in the Red Sea and Sinai. The thousands of kilometres of white sand here keep some tourists sunlonger-bound for their entire holiday. And the world-class coral reefs mean that other visitors spend their getaways underwater.

Sharm El Sheikh

Pole position in the popularity stakes goes to Sharm El Sheikh. Set on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, it’s bordered by 60 kilometres of beaches, and ticks off stylish shops and up-all-night clubs. Resorts here wind along the coastline, from Ras Um El Seid in the south, all the way to Dahab in the north.

Taba and Marsa Alam

Elsewhere in the Red Sea and Sinai region, Taba and Marsa Alam take a low-key approach to the beach break. The beaches are among the most unspoilt in Egypt, and evening entertainment revolves around sunsets rather than disco balls.

Marsa Alam

To really put the brakes on, head south to unhurried Marsa Alam. A relative newcomer on the holiday scene, it’s the place to go for soft sands, watersports and a healthy dose of peace and quiet.