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You’ll find some of the world’s most wonderful beaches most along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. Resorts here do relaxation like nowhere else, backed by sparkling blue seas that stay warm year-round.
Stretching for some 1,200 miles, the Red Sea coast is a true holiday playground. Coral reefs and dive sites lie just offshore, while the region’s hotels offer not only amazing all-inclusive deals but a chance to experience Egypt’s famously warm hospitality. The widest choice of places to stay is around Hurghada, south of the Gulf of Suez, and in Sharm el Sheikh, across the water on the Sinai Peninsula.
Diving in the Red Sea
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s lots to tempt you into the water on Red Sea holidays. Thanks to unparalleled visibility and abundant marine life, the diving and snorkelling is superb. Advanced divers can battle strong currents to explore once-forgotten shipwrecks, while beginners might spot manta rays, triggerfish and turtles closer to shore.
Why book Red Sea holidays
Amazing all inclusive resorts
Stay in Makadi Bay, Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh
Discover the best beaches
Spend your days on the Red Sea's sandy shores
Perfect for watersports
Discover stunning reefs and marine life
Rest & relaxation
Laze the day away on the beach or by the pool
Explore the local markets
Grab a bargain in El Dahar
Must-visit historical sites
Take a day trip to the Great Pyramids
Top resorts in Red Sea
Hurghada holidays offer luxurious hotels, world-class diving and year-long sunshine. There’s little wonder this is one of the most visited …From £219 per person
Sharm el Sheikh
Holidays in Sharm el Sheikh, or Sharm as it’s better known, offer the best the Red Sea. Offshore you’ll find …From £212 per person
Set around a picturesque bay on the Red Sea Riviera, holidays in Makadi Bay are a beach lover’s dream. Snorkel, …From £285 per person
Sparkling lagoons, luxury yachts and golden sands set the scene on holidays to El Gouna. If you’re looking for a …From £319 per person
Positioned in south-eastern Egypt, on the western shore of the world-renowned Red Sea, Marsa Alam is a stunning destination, constantly bathed in …From £455 per person
In the country with such a fascinating history, Soma Bay can’t claim much in the way of heritage. But this …From £297 per person
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Your guide to Red Sea holidays
Top 5 things to do on the Red Sea
Holidays on the Red Sea can be action-packed or relaxed, depending on whether you stick to the coast or head inland to explore Egypt’s ancient historical sites.
- Saint Catherine's Monastery has a majestic setting in the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula north of Sharm el Sheikh. It’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site and thought to be the world’s oldest monastic community.
- Discovering laidback Dahab is a must. The town has long been favoured by backpackers and independent travellers.
- Lying inland from the coast, the rugged Eastern Desert holds many treasures: ancient rock art, religious shrines and Roman ruins. Explore them on a camel safari or with a local guide.
- From Hurghada, you can reach the Valley of the Kings on a day-trip. Tours will whisk you from the Karnak Temple and the Temple of Hatshepsut to the monumental Colossi of Memnon.
- The one-time fishing village of Marsa Alam, on the most southerly stretch of the Red Sea coast, is quickly growing in popularity. Come to dive spectacular but little-visited sites, including the renowned Fury Shoals.
Top adventure activities on the Red Sea
The best thing about Red Sea holidays? You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure activities and watersports.
- Kick-off a kite-surfing obsession in the shallow waters off Ras Sudr or with a class at one of the beginner-friendly schools in El Gouna.
- PADI-certified Advanced Open Water divers should head to the Gubal Strait to explore the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, sunk during World War II.
- Consistent, warm weather and light winds make the Red Sea perfect for parasailing. Many Red Sea hotels organise excursions.
- Rev up the pace with a quad-bike safari in the desert near Hurghada. Adrenaline hits are guaranteed as you fly over the dunes before stopping in a Bedouin village for tea.
- Snorkelling in Ras Mohammed National Park offers a fun but gentle introduction to life beneath the Red Sea’s waves. Look out for stingrays, scorpion fish and angelfish.
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Red Sea weather
Your Red Sea questions answered
The weather on the Red Sea is warm year round, with average temperatures ranging from 35°C in August to 22°C in January. The summer months tend to have the most consistent weather for kitesurfing and watersports.
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Prices last checked at 06:16 4 March 2021