Eating and Living in Egypt
Egypt is a popular travel destination for Europeans. Here you can spend a great vacation all year round. The hotel complexes are tailored to the needs of holidaymakers and the prices for trips are cheap compared to other warm holiday destinations by the sea.
Package tours with flights, transfer service and half board or all inclusive meals in a hotel are the typical type of travel for tourists in Egypt.
Which travel destinations the country on the Red Sea has in store for you and which sights there are to be discovered, I’ll show you here in the free Egypt travel guide. You will learn how to get to Egypt, what the climate is like on the Red Sea, in the desert and along the Nile, when is the best time to travel to Egypt, what the Egyptian cuisine is like and much more.
In further articles I will introduce you to the most important tourist attractions and metropolises of Egypt, so that you get a complete overview of the African country with the world-famous pyramids of Giza.
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The ancient Egyptian tradition has also left its mark on the kitchen. The ancient Egyptians ate a lot of bread (Egyptian: A’esch [pronunciation: Aisch], synonymous with “life”) and vegetables. They loved legumes and braised onions, while meat and fish were delicacies reserved for the rich. Today you recognize this ancient tradition in Egyptian dishes. But today’s cuisine is also influenced by the influences of neighboring countries, Turkey and Greece. In addition, the numerous western tourists are catered for by, for example, French fries on the menu in the hotels.
At a buffet you will find hot and cold dishes at any mealtime in Egyptian hotels. The exception, however, is that the hotels mainly serve traditional Egyptian dishes. Most hotels offer a large buffet with various dishes that are also known to western visitors. This includes soups, meat dishes, rice, fries, salads and so on. If you want to try traditional Egyptian dishes, it is better to go to the local restaurants or snack bars. The national dish of the Egyptians is the “ Koshari”. Translated this means something like “mishmash”. The dish consists of rice, lentils, noodles, roasted onions and a tomato and garlic sauce. The locals like to drink “Sahlab” (milk) with it. Egyptian specialties on the street include falafel, the so-called koshari, shawarma (similar to the Turkish doner kebab), fried chicken and sandwiches, which are prepared with flatbread and various fillings. The drinks offered are water, chai (tea) and fruit juices. Wine, Sakara beer and spirits are also available especially for tourists.
Breakfast typically includes ful made from broad beans, which are usually mashed with sauce, falafel made from beans, humus, baba ganoush, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, omelets, sheep’s cheese, salad and flatbread.
At the lunch buffet there are many different types of meat to choose from besides pork and fish. Side dishes are rice, couscous or French fries. You can also choose from various salads, pickled vegetables and sheep’s cheese. The dessert is usually very sweet. It is rounded off with a Turkish mocha.
In the evening, the Egyptians like to eat many different starters. This includes soups as well as light food in the form of leaf salads, couscous salads or vegetables. In Egyptian hotels, the evening buffet is complemented by warm meals. Even those who have only booked half-board will have a warm meal once a day.
Hotels and accommodation in Egypt
There are countless hotels and other accommodations for travelers in the tourist country of Egypt. This includes both private houses and hotels from well-known chains. Since the country lives mainly from tourism, the hotels and other providers on site make it their task to fulfill all your wishes. This is why an all-inclusive holiday in Egypt is often booked. The Egyptians are very open-minded and warm people who care about your well-being. There is a suitable hotel for each of your wishes in the various holiday resorts – I’m sure of that! You can find the right hotel in Egypt in my hotel search. Just enter your travel dates and search for the perfect accommodation in Egypt yourself. If you want to book a package tour to Egypt, you will also find it on my platform. Find the right offer for you now and look forward to a wonderful holiday in Egypt!
Holidays in Egypt 2019
The holidays in Egypt are based on both our Western and Islamic calendars. Since the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, the Islamic holidays move forward eleven days each year.
(Compared to ours, the Gregorian calendar, the year according to the Islamic calendar has only 354 days and 8 hours. A year in the Islamic calendar is 10 – 12 days shorter than a year in the Gregorian calendar with 365 days and 6 hours. )
Holidays in Egypt in 2019:
- Mon, January 7th, 2019: Coptic Christmas party
- Fri, January 25, 2019: Anniversary of the Revolution 2011
- Thu, March 21, 2019: Mother’s Day in Egypt (Memorial Day)
- Thu, April 25th, 2019: Liberation and evacuation of Sinai (day of grace)
- Fri, April 26th, 2019: Coptic Good Friday (holiday, not a holiday)
- Sun, April 28 – Mon, April 29th, 2019: Coptic Easter
- Mon, 04/29/2019: Sham El-Nessim (Ancient Egyptian Spring Festival)
- Wed, May 1st, 2019: Labor Day
- Sun, 05/05/2019: Beginning of the fasting month Ramadan (holiday, not a holiday)
- Wed, June 5th – Fri, 07.06.2019: Eid ul-Fitr (festival of the rake of the fast, the end of Ramadan, sugar festival)
- Sun, June 30th, 2019: uprising on June 30th
- Tue, 07/23/2019: anniversary of the 1952 revolution
- Mon, Aug 12 – Thu, 08/15/2019: Eid ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)
- Thu, August 15, 2019: Nilschwemme (festival / memorial day, no public holiday)
- Sun, 09/01/2019: Muharram – Islamic New Year
- Thu, 09/12/2019: Coptic New Year (festival day, not a public holiday)
- Sun, October 6th, 2019: Armed Forces Memorial Day
- Sun, November 10th, 2019: Mawlid en-Nabi (birthday of the Prophet Muhammad)