A former Bedouin fishing village and hippy hangout, Dahab has evolved into an eclectic holiday destination. Located on the Red Sea, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, it is hugely popular with divers due to the kaleidoscope of fish and stunning coral that awaits them just off its shores.
The resort, some 50 miles north of Sharm el Sheikh, also boasts a stunning, mountainous backdrop, soft sandy beaches, and gorgeous views out across the blue water.
Dahab holidays are easily accessible thanks to direct flights into Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH) lasting only around five hours.
And because the hippy vibe of 40 years ago lingers on, holidays in Dahab can be spent in cheap, quirky accommodation as well as luxury hotels. In fact, Dahab's fascinating combination of architecture, attitude and culture causes many holidaymakers to fall head over heels in love with the resort.
If all you want to do is lounge on the sands, saunter into the shallows, or slumber on a poolside sun lounger, that's fine; you'll find some kindly waiter will happily supply you with cool drinks while you soak up the sun.
But if you are geared up for a more active holiday, Dahab also delivers - in spades. Dive schools from which you can explore the treasures of the Red Sea are numerous, while desert excursions will whisk you away to the other worldly interior for 4x4 safaris, camel treks, and authentic Bedouin adventures.
Culture vultures can also take a trip to St Catherine's Monastery, while the shops that line Assalah promenade are the perfect place to flex your plastic.
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Average daytime temperatures do not drop below 20C, even in December and January, meaning Dahab holidays offer sunshine at any time of the year. And July and August bring extremely hot days, with averages of around 35C and daytime temperatures often likely to top 40C. Checking that your hotel has air conditioning if you plan to travel at these times is therefore a good move, as the heat can be oppressive even at night.
Dahab Festival of Culture, Water Sports and Desert Adventure; April: This all-encompassing annual event showcases Bedouin traditions alongside fun on the sea and the desert sands.
International Camel Competition; April: The fastest camel on the Sinai Peninsula is revealed at this quirky, but extremely serious contest each spring.
International Shopping and Tourism Festival; July: Nearby Sharm el Sheikh offers huge discounts for shoppers and visitors during this event, which unashamedly promotes tourism in the region.
Best of Dahab holidays for...
Grown-up families: The Blue Hole is the most popular dive and snorkelling site in Dahab. Just stick with the professionals when diving, as the site's depths can be dangerous for the inexperienced.
Active types: Head into the Sinai Mountains and trek along the grand and extraordinary Coloured Canyon.
Shopping: At the Bedouin village of Assalah, which makes up the southern half of Dahab, you can spend a morning or more bartering for gifts and souvenirs.