It might be really cold outside with short days and Christmas has already faded away as one of your distant memories. Yet this is the ideal time to begin planning a fantastic holiday in a much sunnier climate. Egypt is among the most unique and beautiful destinations to visit when thinking about an exotic holiday. It provides something for all tastes, from beautiful beach resorts to amazing UNESCO heritage sites that give you a glimpse into the mystical and ancient world of how the Pharaohs used to live, from a few of the most popular dive sites across the globe to riding camels through the desert.
You may be wondering which time of the year you should plan your visit. Well, Egypt is one of the year-round destinations and every month provides ample sunshine. Yet there are a few seasons rated as better when compared to others.
December to February
This is a fantastic time if you are into sightseeing, as the Nile Delta and Cairo have an average of 20 degrees Centigrade during daylight hours. This means it is the best season for cultural tourism and river cruises. The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is another attraction that is held twice in a year, on the 22nd of February and the 22 of October. It is held at the Abu Simbel temples situated around 140 miles to the Southwest of Aswan. This stunning spectacle celebrates the 2 days in a year where the sun illuminates the statues that are seated inside the temple’s central chamber perfectly. This is inside the temple of Ramses II.
If you are not that into sightseeing, there is still a lot that Egypt can offer you over this period. If you prefer sunbathing around a pool or enjoying five-star resorts, head to the Red Sea resorts of Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, or Hurghada, and enjoy the sublime mid-20s temperature.
March to May
The temperatures start shifting into the early 30 degrees Centigrade over these months of the year, which is the ideal time to make the most of the Red Sea resorts and everything they have on offer. This is a busy time in the year when it comes to snorkelling holidays, yet the dive holidays are something to enjoy throughout the year. When it comes to festivals, Sham el-Nessim is an event celebrated on Easter Monday which falls on the 20th of April this year. This is a date that indicates that Spring has just started and is usually celebrated along the banks of the Nile and in parks. On the 24th of May Ramadan comes to an end where the Muslims from every corner of the world will celebrate a religious festival known as Eid al Fitr. This is a national holiday where you will notice lavish feasts, where family and friends gather together to celebrate.
June to August
Over the months of summer, the temperatures rise into the mid-30s, especially in northern regions like Cairo, and into the later 30s in the Red Sea resorts. It is very humid and hot, which increases the overall heat index into the scorching levels. If you don’t mind the heat and you are not interested in participating in treks or tours, this may be the ideal time to reserve your holiday. Even though booking your holiday will fall under the summer holidays for schools, the scorching temperatures keep many people away over this time, which makes it a very affordable time to book a holiday in Egypt.
September to November
Over this time the temperatures become bearable again and drop to the mid 20s closer to the end part of November. This is an excellent time of the year to explore monuments and tombs. The sea breezes also tend to increase, which makes the Mediterranean a refreshing and stunning place to visit.
Egypt is one of those year-round destinations which provides a host of sightseeing spots and activities to suit all tastes. By thinking about what you would like from your holiday, and taking into account what type of heat you will be able to handle, you can make your plans accordingly. This will ensure your holiday will be one to remember in this fantastic country. Egypt Escapes can help you plan it.