Holidays to Northern Red Sea
The coast on the Northern Red Sea is one of Egypt's most popular stretches and is a magnet for scuba divers thanks to the water's coral reefs and ship wrecks that provide weeks of underwater viewing. The main resorts are concentrated around 3 areas - Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Na'ama Bay, with a newer resort on the northern border with Israel at Taba Heights. It all revolves around the coast here, whether it's the sandy beaches, daily dives or snorkelling around the many reefs just off shore.
Currency & Cost
The currency used in the Northern Red Sea is the Egyptian pound.£10 = 4 bottles of lager, or 2 bar meals.
The most commonly spoken language is Arabic.
2 hours ahead of UK Time
Nightlife and sunbathing are the main draw here and though the beaches are hotel-owned, they’re open to everyone.
El Gouna Beach
An artificial beach north of Hurghada, this resort has a Venetian feel with canals and bridges behind the sands.
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Christians, Jews and Muslims say this is where the 10 commandments were handed down. It attracts thousands of pilgrims.
St Katherine’s Monastery
An ancient Byzantine monastery, is named after the martyr of Alexandria. It’s built next to theBible's ‘burning bush’.
This British vessel sunk in 1941 and divers today can see motorbikes, train carriages and trucks in its cargo.
Golf in Taba Heights
The golf course here hosted the 2008 Amateur Championships and offers views out to see from most holes.
Fresh sea bass
A popular dish in this region is sea bass and El Gouna and Hurghada are the best places to get it.
Egyptians usually have a series of small plates before dinners – vegetables, chickpeas and sauces like babaghanou.
Most of the resorts will have entertainment until midnight with rotating acts from belly dancing to local music.
Hurgadha’s ice bar
Home to Egypt’s only ice bar, the beach bar at Hurgadha plays live music on the sands into the early hours.
London Gatwick to Hurghada (Egypt)4hrs 15mins
For El Gouna
Manchester to Hurghada (Egypt)4hrs 35mins
For El Gouna
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