Top 10 tips for a great trip to the Red Sea

Are you planning a holiday in the Red Sea? Most travelers head here in search of sun and relaxation, but the region offers much more than just that.

If you want to make the most of your trip to the Red Sea, take note of the following recommendations.

1. Shop at Sharm el Sheikh’s souk

While souvenirs are available just everywhere in Sharm el Sheikh, you can head to the old souk for a traditional shopping experience. You will need to navigate the narrow passageways where all sorts of merchandise are on display.

You might find it difficult to leave empty-handed, even if you are only window-shopping. When you feel tired, take a break at one of the coffee shops and treat yourself to some delicious traditional Egyptian sweets.

2. Belly dancing show at Sharm el Sheikh

The 1001 nights belly dancing show is on every night and makes for great entertainment while you sample a Middle Eastern-themed dinner. The show takes place at an impressive and tastefully decorated building.

3. Spend the day exploring an oasis at Wadi Gnai

This is a great day trip from Dahab, as Wadi Gnai is barely 30 minutes away from town. Although most people come here to rock-climb, you can head further inland to a lush oasis where you will only hear the wind blowing through the nearby gorges.

4. Island life in Magawish Island (near Hurghada)

Magawish is a protected area due to the impressive variety of marine species that inhabit the surrounding sea. Here you can snorkel, take a glass boat trip, or simply relax by the shore.

5. Overnight trip to Mount Sinai

This can be arranged at either Dahab or Sharm and is one of the highlights of a holiday in the Red Sea. Do not miss a visit to St Catherine’s monastery, which is a UNESCO site and where you can also spend the night.

The views from the top of the mountain as the sun rises are unbeatable.

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6. Golf and sand at Makadi Bay

The first thing you will notice as you arrive in Makadi is the deep blue tone of the water. You might want to stop here for some sunbathing, or if you are into golf, head to the 18-hole Madinat golf resort, where you can also enjoy spectacular views while you improve your putt.

7. Cycle along the banks of the River Nile in Luxor

Renting a bicycle is a great way of exploring the promenade along the Nile in Luxor. You can start at Luxor’s cosmopolitan East bank and then take your bike across the river on the ferry for a total change of scenery.

8. Soak up some culture at the Valley of Kings

You cannot leave Egypt without visiting this exceptional archaeological site. Do not miss Tutankhamon’s tomb, where his mummy still rests, and be prepared for the extreme hot weather of the desert.

9. Felucca sunset cruise in Luxor

If you have spent your day visiting ruins and cycling around Luxor, you will surely appreciate this way of ending the day. The gentle sunset breeze and the spectacular river setting match each other to perfection.

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10. Recharge your batteries at El Gouna

The resort of El Gouna is approximately 10 miles away from Hurghada’s airport, and is therefore a great place to end a holiday in the Red Sea.

You can easily spend half a day strolling through the narrow streets, admiring the houses painted in sienna and terracotta tones, and enjoying a drink by the marina.

But El Gouna’s star attraction is the luxury spa at the Movenpick hotel. Here you can treat yourself to a 90-minute feet massage, Ayurvedic warm oil treatments, acupressure sessions, and a range of signature rejuvenating treatments.

One word of warning though: you may not want to leave! 🙂

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