When to Travel in Egypt?
When do you plan to visit?
Weather-wise, the best time to visit Egypt is outside of the summer months between October and May. This is Egypt's peak tourist season.
The daytime is still sunny throughout the winter which makes perfect weather for travelling and visiting the country’s many impressive historic sites. Christmas in Egypt is also a special and unique time to visit the country.
The summer months are considered off-peak, sites are quieter and more peaceful, and prices are generally lower. But be warned, the heat can be oppressive. Those that do visit during this period often rise at dawn and do their sight seeing before lunch time when the heat becomes unbearable. Summer afternoons in Egypt should be spent doing as little as possible.
The best months to visit the Western Desert are in the Autumn and Spring, where temperatures are neither to high in the daytime nor too low during the night. The same goes for hiking in Egypt.
Spring is also the time when the 'Khamsin' Wind blows from the desert in the South. The Khamsin wind is a suffocatingly hot desert wind that brings with it sand and dust and debris and more.
Khamsin is arabic for 'fifty' as it said to blow for fifty days. The reality is that during late April and sometimes early March it actually blows for a few hours once or twice a week.
Ramadan is either a great time to visit, or a time to avoid depending on your point of view. The 9th month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is believed to be the month in which god began revealing the Holy Koran to the Prophet Mohammed.
During this month all members of the Islamic faith are required to fast everyday between sunrise and sunset, and to abstain from drinking, smoking or any sexual behaviour. The very strict won’t even swallow their own saliva
As a result many sites close early, some shops and restaurants do not open at all, and alcohol can be extremely difficult to find. Having said that though, Ramadan is a month of parties and celebrations, and each night Egyptians will break their fast at a special feast called ‘Eftar’.
If you’re in the right place at the right time you may even be invited to join in. Read full guide to travelling in Egypt during Ramadan