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Where to go for a Long Weekend Getaway in Fall

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Where to go for a Long Weekend Getaway in Fall
written by
Nesrien Abdelkader
Via Konaindestinations

Summer is sadly coming to an end, which also means the end of our beloved Sahel season. You may feel like you’re at a loss now that everybody is back to work and school and there’s no more parties on the beach every night. However, there are still ways to enjoy your time before the weather gets too cold. Although you won’t be jetting off to the North Coast every weekend, there are a lot of areas in Egypt that are just as exciting. Whether you’re trying to plan ahead for the 6th of October weekend (we know just how long it takes to organise a trip with our friends) or plan on taking a long weekend this month, you’ll have a blast at any of these mini vacation destinations. 


Unlike Sahel, residents of Dahab are there to stay all year round. With a vibrant community made up of locals, former Cairo residents and international expats who fell in love with the area, Dahab has become one of the world’s best resort towns on the Red Sea. situated next to the Sinai mountains, this charming town has attracted all sorts of thrill seekers and nature loves alike. You can go hiking, kitesurfing and dive into the deep blue waters or sit back and relax by the shore. Not to mention there are tons of shops and restaurants lining a busy boardwalk. 


Just about 2 hours away from Cairo is Fayoum, known for its dreamy landscapes and wide expanses of deserts, lakes and waterfalls. Spend the night in Tunis Village, a picturesque village overlooking Qaroun lake, where you can join a pottery workshop, go horseback riding, enjoy locally made feteer, go birdwatching or just stroll through the fields. There are also protected areas to go camping in where you can try out activities like sandboarding and horseback riding and later gaze at the stars as you savour the local bedouin dinner. Remal el Rayan has brought the first ever glamping, or glamorous camping, experience to Egypt right here in Fayoum.

El Gouna 

From idyllic beaches and pools to exciting nightlife, El Gouna is the place to be. This red sea town is 25 kilometres north of Hurghada and easily accessible by plane. It boasts year round sunshine and luxurious private villas and apartments as well as resorts. If you’re looking for a place that has fun for the whole family or want to party all night with friends, you can find it here. 

Ain Al-Sokhna

This peaceful Red Sea town has everything you love without having to travel too far from Cairo. In no time, you’ll be standing on the beach with your toes in the sand. From luxurious hotels and exhilarating excursions to delicious dinners and historical sites, you’ll never be bored in Ain Al-Sokhna. 


Deep in Giza is Dahshur, home of some of the oldest and largest pyramids in Egypt. After just an hour drive from Downtown Cairo, you’ll find yourself surrounded by stretches of desert and lush greenery thanks to the farming communities there. You can feel like a tourist without visiting the more well-known Great Pyramids of Giza as you marvel at the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid of Dahshur or take a camel ride across the sand.