It might still be cold and the days are still short, with Christmas a distant memory already, but now is an excellent time to start to plan an amazing holiday in a warmer climate. In terms of holidays on the exotic side of things, Egypt is among the most unique and beautiful destinations that you can possibly visit. Egypt excursions offer something for just about everyone – from beautiful beach resorts to stunning UNESCO heritage sites which provide a glimpse into the mystical, ancient land of the Pharaohs; along with some of the world’s most incredible dive sites and camel riding across the desert.
However, what is the best time of year to visit Egypt? The country is actually a year-round destination. Each month offers lots of sunshine. However, there are some seasons that are better than others when it comes to visiting Egypt.
December to February
This is an excellent time to go sightseeing. During the day, the Nile delta and Cairo will have an average temperature of 20 degrees Centigrade. This makes it the peak season for cultural tourism and river cruises. The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is another great attraction. It is held two times per year – February 22 and October 22. It is held in the Abu Simbel temples, which is situated around 140 miles to the southwest of Aswan. This amazing spectacle is a celebration of the two days in the year when the seated statues inside the central chamber of the Ramses II temple are perfectly illuminated by the sun.
If you are not really into sightseeing, don’t be put off visiting Egypt during this part of the year. If you like to enjoy a five-star resort and sunbathe next to the pool, head to the southern Red Sea resorts of Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, or Hurghada, where the temperatures will be in the comfortable middle 20s.
March to May
During this part of the year the temperature change to the 30-degree Centigrade range, which makes it the ideal time of year to visit the Red Sea resorts and enjoy everything they have to offer you. It is an especially good time of year to go on a snorkelling holiday (you can enjoy diving holidays year-round). When it comes to festivals, on April 20 of this year, Sham el-Nessim will be celebrated. The date marks the start of Spring, with celebrations on the banks of the Nile, and with picnics in the parks. May 24 marks the end of Ramadan when Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al Fitr, a major religious festival. It is a national day off, and there are many lavish feasts, where family and friends gather to celebrate.
June to August
During the summer months, the temperatures can reach the higher 30’s at the Red Sea resorts and the middle 30’s in the northern areas like Cairo. It is humid along with being very hot, which increases the heat index up to scorching levels. But if you love the heat and don’t want to do any strenuous hiking or tour, it can be a great time of year for your holiday. You will be visiting during the summer holiday season when students are off from school, however, many people will be put off by the soaring temperatures, which makes it a fairly affordable time for you to visit Egypt on holiday.
September to November
Temperatures start to become more bearable during this time of the year. By the last part of November, they fall to the mid to high 20s. It is another good time of year for you to visit the numerous monuments and tombs in Egypt. The sea breeze also has a tendency to pick up which makes the Mediterranean a very refreshing and beautiful place to be.
Egypt really is a great year-round destination, which offers something for just about everyone year-round. Once you consider what you would like to get from your holiday, as well as the amount of heat you can tolerate, you can make your plans accordingly to ensure you have the most amazing holiday in this incredible country.