With Christmas firmly behind us and the summer months a distant – and possibly far too optimistic – dream, minds often turn to holidays in the turn between winter and spring.
And as the government considers preventing parents from signing their children off school out of term time – a practice that has become relatively widespread in recent year as families attempt to bypass huge summer holiday and half-term prices – planning a break this year might take a bit more sharpness than before.
If you’re looking for ideas, there are some options which can combine a bit of exoticism with something a little closer to home than, say, the US and Caribbean, and that’s the Middle East. Egypt Holidays have become something of a new rising star in UK tourism, with travel companies such as On The Beach offering some fabulous deals. With beaches, diving and great weather it’s no wonder it has attracted plenty of European holidaymakers in recent decades.
We’ve found some excellent ideas for Egypt holidays that combine the best of the horrible histories side – pharaohs, pyramids and the desert – with a bit of beach and fun for the family.
The Independent Travel section featured an Easter-holiday tour to Egypt in January, and whilst the option of 10-day travel for £1,000 per adult is more than most of us are looking for, it’s certainly a good indication of how popular the region now is with enterprising traveling families.
For those who are excited by water sports and marine life, we suggest checking out the beach resorts and snorkeling/diving schools of Sharm El Sheikh. Egypt, which straddles Africa geographically and the Arab world culturally, is located just on the edge of the Red Sea.
Holiday providers across the globe are clamouring for a stake in the country’s Red Sea diving facilities. With corals of every colour and a notoriously gentle and calm current – unlike Atlantic or Pacific islands, for instance, Egypt’s coast is very protected from large winds – we would suggest trying Marsa Alam or Sharm. You can introduce the kids of water sports and have a relaxing day by the pool for yourself.
Where in Egypt have you been that you highly recommend? Is it a place you’d like to visit? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
Please note that this article was provided by a third party, however I agreed to publish it because I have indeed visited Egypt and agree with what it says. [Photo credit @ Flickr wilhelmja]