• When to visit Egypt

    When to visit Egypt

    Egypt holidays are very popular when it comes to choosing a destination that has fantastic weather and plenty of fun activities in store. Well-known for its under water activities and excursions like snorkelling and diving, Egypt is a great destination for thrill-seekers. In addition to this, sightseeing is a major attraction to Egypt too. The country’s fascinating history makes for interesting tours and guidance around its famous landmarks. As there is so much to do whilst in Egypt, it’s no wonder you might be thinking when the best time is to visit. If you’ve decided what you want to do in Egypt but not sure when is the best time to go, we’ve got all the information you need on when to visit Egypt.

    Average high and low temperatures (°C):

    Temperatures vary around Egypt depending on where you’re visiting. For instance, the temperatures in Cairo are slightly lower than the temperatures in Sharm el Sheikh. Due to the popularity of the Red Sea Coast, the following temperatures are based on Hurghada, Egypt.

    January: 22° / 11°
    February: 23° / 12°
    March: 26° / 15°
    April: 30° / 19°
    May: 34° / 23°
    June: 36° / 26°
    July: 37° / 28°
    August: 37° / 28°
    September: 35° / 25°
    October: 32° / 22°
    November: 28° / 17°
    December: 24° / 13°

    The best time to visit Egypt

    The first thing you might be thinking is when is the best time to visit Egypt to make the most of your holiday. Well, weather can be a key factor and as you can tell from the above temperatures Egypt’s climate is generally very hot and sunny throughout the year. Once you head south of the Egypt’s capital, Cairo, you’ll find that there isn’t much rain either. Even in cities like Alexandria and Rafah which are typically the wettest areas of Egypt, it only rains for 46 days per year on average. In general, the summers in Egypt are extremely hot and the winters are mild.

    The best time for sightseeing

    As we previously mentioned, one of the main attractions of Egypt are its major sights and landmarks. You can spend much of your Egypt holiday exploring the country and its historical monuments. It’s important to remember that many of these landmarks are in desert locations, so it can be very hot when sightseeing. Many of the top tourist attractions are situated in the south of Egypt, like Luxor and Aswan which experiences hotter temperatures in comparison to Cairo. Consequently, if sightseeing around Egypt is your primary goal during your holiday, you may want to consider visiting outside of the summer months, as temperatures are slightly more pleasant and milder. However, if you are set on visiting Egypt throughout the summer, make sure to avoid the mid-day sun and plan your sightseeing schedule for early mornings or late afternoons.

    Egypt pyramids

    The best time for diving

    Egypt is one of the most popular diving destinations, as well as other under water excursions like snorkelling. There are plenty of stunning coral reefs and wildlife to be seen, so when is the best time to visit Egypt if diving is on your agenda? Well, diving is great anytime of year in Egypt, however, water temperatures will vary throughout the year. Between June to August, the water temperature can reach up to a whopping 30°, whereas in February it can fall to 22°. Therefore, the summer is a great time to go diving as the beach resorts in Egypt around this time have good weather and the sea temperature is perfect for under water excursions. This does mean the summer is a popular time for tourists to flock to Egypt specifically for diving, so remember to book well in advance.

    Egypt diving

    Visiting Egypt during Ramadan

    The dates for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan change every year according to the Islamic calendar. During this time, you can expect certain services to be closed and regulations to be respected. Many locals will be using this time to fast during Ramadan, so if you end up travelling to Egypt during this time, it should be said that tourists aren’t expected to fast themselves, however respect of the culture and its traditions will be common etiquette. During Ramadan, shops and banks will most likely close for the majority of the day. Cafes and restaurants won’t open during daylight hours, however, at night when drinking and eating resumes, there is usually a cheerful environment. The end of Ramadan sees many celebrations taking place, which are great to witness and partake in.

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