Red Sea and Sinai

Egyptian beach break

This place comes top of the class in the holiday stakes thanks to its beachfront hotels and Aladdin-style desert scenery. Diving is where it really wins brownie points, though. Beneath the waves you’ll find forests of coral, black-as-night canyons and a thousand-plus species of tropical fish.

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.


Just across the Gulf of Suez is Hurghada. As well as golden beaches, it’s got great hotels and a clutch of international restaurants – plus traditional touches like mosques and bazaars. It’s split into 2 resorts – Hurghada City’s the lively one, while Safaga’s got a more laid-back feel.

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.

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Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh is a big personality. Spooling along Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, it runs from Nabq Bay in the north right down to Maya Bay in the south. Along the way it takes in Na’ama Bay, where the first hotel popped up back in the Eighties. And that pretty much covers everything – designer malls, electrifying nightlife and a whole lot of Red Sea.

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