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Sunloungers under umbrellas on a beach in Taba, Egypt

Book Taba holidays for a quieter taste of Egypt. Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and cloaked from the hubbub of the country's busy tourist resorts, Taba is an oasis of hushed calm and holidaymakers here will be spoiled from the moment the sun rises until night descends on the resort.

If you want peaceful days spent lounging by the poolside, and deliciously balmy evenings dining on international cuisine, then holidays in Taba could be for you. The action here is sedate and mostly hotel based, and large luxury hotels line the coast in this part of Egypt.

Sitting near the border with Israel and with Jordan just across the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba, Taba is neatly tucked away on the Sinai Peninsula and holidaymakers enjoy the peace and quiet afforded by this unique setting. Flights arrive into Taba International Airport (TCP).

Taba feels a world away from the livelier Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada and is relatively unspoiled. Diving and snorkelling are popular in Taba and the reefs in these waters are less visited than those further south. Windsurfing is all the rage too, with lessons available for newcomers to the sport.

With Taba holidays mostly enjoyed within the confines of international hotels, options for eating out are limited. But you'll probably find that you won't want to eat anywhere else, as all the hotels feature a range of eateries, from high-end canteen style, to top-notch dining. Most of the hotels also offer visitors a beachside bar in which to while away the evening hours.

If you do hanker for more action, you can make a beeline for nearby Taba Heights, which is a bigger resort and offers bar, restaurants, clubs, casinos and golf courses.

The opportunities for adventure are limitless during Taba holidays. Many visitors choose to be whisked away to Egypt's ancient treasures, such as the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Get your passport out too and enjoy trips to Jordan, where the city of Aqaba and the rose-red ancient city of Petra will leave you mesmerised. Petra often makes those lists of places to see before you die. It really is spectacular and is well worth the journey from Taba.

Closer to your accommodation you can take a boat trip to the 12th-century citadel that crowns tiny Pharaoh's Island, or visit the soaring heights of Mount Sinai. For more high-octane adventures, prepare for the thrills and spills of a jeep safari into the deserts surrounding Taba.

Whatever you do and wherever you go during holidays in Taba, be sure to take a moment and watch as the colours shift on the majestic mountains that surround the resort as the sun sets on another day. And sip a cocktail while you're at it. You deserve it for treating your loved ones to a holiday in Taba.

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Summer can be too hot for some, with daily averages of 35C in July and August. Spring sizzles too, with temperatures rising from 20C as early as March and not dipping below this until December - these temperatures make spring and autumn popular seasons to visit Taba. Don't count on rain here as only a few centimetres of the wet stuff falls every year.


El Wakala Street Festival; weekly: You'll have to travel to nearby Taba Heights for weekly, monthly or annual events - Taba is just too quiet for such festivities. This weekly street festival sees visitors and locals gather to enjoy traditional performances and competitions for the kids.

Race to Taba Heights; near monthly: Golf fans will enjoy this competition, which takes place almost every month of the year and runs for a few days. The 18-hole contest is keenly fought, and whether you're a player or simply like to watch, you can enjoy some time on the greenery of the lush Taba Heights Golf Resort.