5 Best Ideas For a Luxury Holiday to Egypt

Spending your holidays in Egypt, that’s a great idea but you need to know the ways to get the maximum out of your holidays in Egypt. Egypt is an exquisite place packed with a great deal of historical structures and some very exclusive places for adventure.

It has every thing to submit you for snug holidays from spa, Red Sea, the Nile to golf Courses. It has all to make your stay momentous in Egypt. Some ideas are mentioned beneath for lush Holidays;

Experience Scuba diving in Hurghada

Egypt has some of the very optimum sites pertinent for scuba diving. Hurghada, Safaga, El Quesir and Marsa Alam are the most superb places to go for scuba diving. Its marine spectacle is just implausible. The enormous underwater life is certainly going to make you stunned. If you are a novice in scuba diving, you can become skilled by attending their courses on scuba diving.

Enjoy a luxury cruise down the Nile

Cruise liners tender a country tour with top excellence and comfy service. They cruise down the Nile, touching in the best places of the country while soothing you with the five star services. These cruises leave from Luxor or Aswan, and take you through the important places like the Valley of the Kings, the Necropolis, and plentiful ancient temples. These cruises are operational with gyms, restaurants, shopping centres and boutique.

Play golf in Hurghada

Golf is an activity that just about every one likes to play mostly when they are on opulence holiday. Egypt offers some magnificent golf courses. Among these superb golf courses Hurghada – El Gouna and Cascades are the finest. They are situated at the amazing beaches and they offer exciting view along with the wonderful game.

Feel pampered at a luxury spa hotel

The basic mood on holidays is the pampering behaviour to make it plush. The spas in Egypt offer this behaviour at its very top. Residence des Cascades in Hurghada and the Sheraton Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh have outstanding spa facilities, offering a variety of sauna, and massage treatments. You can treasure the most relaxing moments at these spa centres. The olden techniques of massage can make feel you young and rejuvenated once again.

Take a city tour in Cairo

Egypt has a lot of historical place to offer for the history lovers. The Pyramids and the Sphinx are two of the most visited and extraordinary sights in the world. No tour to Egypt can be considered complete without visiting these two iconic places of Egypt. The Cairo Towers has a revolving restaurant to offer you a unique experience. Citadel was chosen by Saladin for its pure nature. You can see the medieval time as you stroll through the Citadel.

The nights are even more magnificent in Egypt. You can take pleasure in the bustle of city life in the lights and can treasure the memories of some stunning Egyptian Dances at some amazing restaurants. Your hunger for a comfy holiday is satisfied totally when you are in Egypt for a luxury holiday.

Author :  David Hughes

The Top 10 Sights in Cairo

No holiday in Egypt would be complete without a stay in Cairo, and the good news for visitors to this amazing country is that many of its top sites are easily accessible from the capital. If anything, the problem is that there are just too many of them – it can be a little hard to judge what the must-sees are, so if you only have a limited time, this ‘Top 10 Sights in Cairo’ guide is a must for your luxury holiday in Egypt; whatever type of holiday you choose:

1. The Manial Palace

Said to have been built for Prince Mohammad Ali between 1899 and 1929, the Manial Palace became property of Egypt in 1955. Nowadays, the structure (a mixture of Ottoman, Moorish, European rococo and Persian architecture) houses a museum containing artefacts dating from medieval times all the way up to the 19th century. As well as history buffs, the museum’s gardens will appeal to plant lovers, as it contains a selection of rare tropical plants and incredible palms.

2. Museum of Islamic Ceramics

Another converted palace, this museum offers a fascinating collection of antiques from the various Islamic periods of the country’s history. Originally, the collection was housed in the National Library, but as the collection has expanded, its current location gives the beautiful exhibits more space. Being a former palace, the building itself is stunning, and as the labels of each artefact are in both Arabic and English, anyone interested in Islam or art should find this a fascinating highlight of their holiday in Egypt.

3. Pharaonic Village

Perfect for a family holiday in Egypt, the Pharaonic Village is an attraction that promises to take visitors back in time 3000 years to the days of the pharaohs. Although this may sound somewhat tacky in principal, it’s so well done and historically accurate that the venture manages to combine education with entertainment. It was 20 years in the making, but Dr Hassan Ragab and Dr Abdelsalam Ragab have achieved a truly impressive living tableau of the most renowned period on the country’s history – the perfect attraction for a family holiday in Egypt.

4. The Hanging Church

Another cultural highlight, the Hanging Church gets its name from its location – above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, with its nave suspended over a passage. It dates all the way back to the 3rd century, and with its marble pulpit, inlaid screens, icons and murals, it really is one of the most impressive churches in the entire city.

5. Khan el Khalili Market

Built all the way back in 1382, you can’t wander the market without being close to its memorable history. Before it was rebuilt in the 16th century, it was often used s the meeting place for subversive groups, and frequently raided. It remains one of Cairo’s most important shopping areas to this day. If delving through canvas covered stands, soaking up the atmosphere and working on your bartering is something that appeals, you won’t find better than here wherever you visit on your luxury Egypt holiday.

6. Giza Zoo

One of the few areas with plenty of greenery, Giza Zoo offers the perfect day out for a family holiday in Egypt. Over 100 years old, the zoo has a wide range of animals – many of them endangered. The zoo actually runs at a loss from its ticket prices, in order to allow the maximum number of citizens to enjoy its flora and fauna. It made headlines in 2002 when the first Californian sea lion to be born in the Middle East was birthed.

7. Cairo Tower

One of the iconic buildings of Cairo, the tower is a must for Egypt’s holiday makers. Standing at 187 metres tall, the granite tower ever dwarves the Great Pyramid at Giza by an impressive 45 metres. The best time to visit is in the evening, when it gets dark and the whole of Cairo is lit up beneath you. Visitors can also visit the tower’s restaurant (a favourite of the late President Gamal Abdul Nasser), with its rotating floor – which thankfully is almost unnoticeable.

8. The Citadel

One of the most famous spots in Egypt, and a holiday favourite, the Citadel houses a number of museums and ancient mosques. Rumour has it that the site of the Citadel was chosen by Saladin for it’s healthy air – and the unscientific way this was judged was by hanging meat all over Cairo. In the majority of spots, the meat went off within a hours, but in the Citadel it was fresh for several days! Taking a walk through here is like strolling through time, and visitors can see the capital’s key features from medieval times onwards.

9. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

If you want to learn about Ancient Egypt you need to go to the source. With 120,000 items pertaining to the ancients, the museum is an absolute must for family holidays in Egypt. The legendary treasures from Tutankhamen’s burial are housed here, and are by far the most popular exhibit, but visitors can also expect to discover a vast selection of finds, including scrabs, sarcophagi, coins, papyrus and artefacts from throughout Egyptian history.

10. The Pyramids of Giza

Of course, it would be hard for any Egyptian attraction to replace the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Pyramids of Egypt, located on the left bank of the Nile in Cairo are impressive today as they’ve ever been. The Giza Necropolis contains the Pyramid of Khufu (or Great Pyramid), the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure, and of course the Great Sphinx is nearby too. A trip to the Pyramids of Giza is the must-see attraction for any luxury holiday in Egypt.

There is of course a lot more to see than just the 10 sights listed here, especially if you intend to go beyond the capital during your stay. If time is of the essence though, and you want to take in as much as possible then you can’t go wrong with any of the sights on this list, and your luxury holiday in Egypt should be an unforgettable experience.

Author:  MaryBush

Property in Spain: Is it a Good Investment?

Recent housing market crashes all around the globe have turned a lot of people off of the idea of investing in property. Many have sold off all of their investments or are holding onto everything until the market comes around. Some are barely holding on with their teeth. Investors from all walks of life have lost it all. Those who had thought about investing in property before the crash are having second thoughts. In fact, many people are not buying at all even if the property is to become their home.

The scare has only served to put another dent in the already damaged global housing market. In order for the market to turn around, people need to buy. And they will once the economy becomes more stable and they once again put faith in property investments. At that time, property values will skyrocket before they level off.

What does all of this mean? It means that NOW is the time to buy property. In Spain, as in other places of the world, properties are being sold for bargain prices. The market crash has resulted in houses being sold for less than their value. If you can afford to, you should buy property now before prices go up again. The following are also reasons why buying property in Spain is a good idea:

• Selection – The number of houses being sold in Spain has diminished greatly over the past year resulting in a surplus of properties for sale. There are also a lot of foreclosed homes that are now reaching the market. This means that you can have your pick of houses. Sellers are also looking for great ways to lure buyers such as offering upgrades, lowering the asking price and agreeing to all buyers’ terms.

• Price – As touched upon earlier, the price of property in Spain has decreased recently. In today’s market, you can buy more for your money. If you could only afford a flat previously, you might be able to purchase a detached house now. You might also be able to splurge for extras. Or you might be able to purchase property in an area that was way out of your league in years past.

• Allure – The only thing that has changed regarding Spanish property is the price and selection. The old-country allure is still present. Everything that has attracted tens of thousands of Brits to Spain every year can still be found there. It just costs less to purchase a piece of it.

• Income – Holiday properties are a great source of income. You can sublet the property during the months and weeks that you don’t plan to be visiting Spain. The money you make from renting out to other families on holiday could make your mortgage payment. You might even be able to earn a little extra to pay for…a plain ticket to Spain?

Buying property never goes out of style no matter how rocky the market gets. The market will always recover; and when it does, you will feel very smart for investing when prices were so low.

Author:  Steven Clarke

Purchasing A Property In Egypt

You are looking at the possibility of buying a  property in Egypt, whether to actually become your permanent base or as a holiday location? Where do you start? Below are property buying points that you may consider when looking for the ideal property.

1. My first suggestion would be to go on to the internet and look at and even contact some of the various agents that are now offering properties for sale in Egypt. You will find that many of these companies are owned and run by people who are now residents in Egypt and will be able to provide you with information on the many problems and pitfalls that may arise when buying a property in Egypt, and will also know the area that you may be looking to buy the property in.

2. Your next decision is where to you want the property to be located, do you want to live in a Town (urbanization) or do you want a private beach villa (Red Sea private villa) you may even decide you want to be near the Red Sea diving locations, beachfront property location for your private villa on the sea coast. However, one thing you must consider is that you want things to be close at hand, such as shops and medical facilities, then you may be better off looking at buying a property in Town or on the Coast. It may be an idea to visit the area you are looking at to decide if this will be the right location for you.

3. Next you will need to decide what sort of property in Egypt it is you want to purchase, is it an apartment, townhouse of a finca (country house with land). You may even want to take on the challenge of buying a property that needs renovation.

4. You have now decided on the location and sort of property you want to buy. Now is the time to start contacting the various agents (both on the internet and in the location directly where you are looking to purchase). These companies will not only be able to provide you with details on properties that they feel would be of interest to you , but they should also be able to provide you with details of solicitors and banks (should you need to raise a mortgage to purchase the property). They will also provide you with information on the schools, medical facilities, and other amenities within the area of your choice.

5. If you are looking to obtain a mortgage from a bank (either in your country or Egypt) then find out what sort of percentage of monies they will lend to you for the purchase of such a property. You will find that most of the banks in Egypt will only provide you with a 50%-60%  mortgage against the purchase of the property. When purchasing an off-plan property in Egypt there are often convenient seller financing which vary in terms according to the time for completion of the off-plan property purchase. Usually the seller financing for off-plan property in Egypt consists of around 40% at contract agreement and then the remaining balance is paid over the time until the unit purchase from off-plan project is completed and ready for you.  Sometimes you can choose the time for which you want the off-plan property to be ready.

6. You have now decided on the property that you want to buy, and you should now ask the agent is the owner of the property that you want to buy have the legal rights to sell it. If they do, then they should be able to provide you with the papers confirming this (an escretera). However, if these can not be provided then do not proceed with the purchase, but any respectable real estate agent would already have been provided with sight of these documents.

7. Next confirm with the agent selling the property that all the correct permissions for the property to be built have been provided by the Local Town Hall. Because of the rise in the number of properties that have been built in Egypt over the recent years with out obtaining the correct permissions the Government has been forced to take measures to prevent this occurring in the future. However, it also means that those people/developers who have built such properties can find themselves not only incurring fines by the Government, but may also find their properties being demolished.

However, it should be pointed out that as long as you associate yourself with a reputable agent then you should have no problems in finding the property of your dreams.

Well I hope that the information that I have provided for you above will help you in making the decision to purchase a property in Egypt a pleasant one.  Whether you’re looking to purchase an off-plan project such as an apartment, villa, holiday house , vacation home, holiday home or for investment property for rental income,  good luck with your project and enjoy the experience.  In Egypt, everyone will welcome you wherever you’re from…..just be a good citizen, it’s a relaxed atmosphere with streetside cafes everywhere. Take your time. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your time at the Red Sea in Egypt. If you want to purchase a property in Egypt there’s no better place than the Red Sea city of Hurghada or Marsa Alam.

Author: Sandra Peterson

Tax Information About Property Abroad

Owning a property abroad brings financial responsibilities that can include meeting local and UK tax requirements.

Every country has a different taxation system, and it’s worth knowing a little more about the tax system in the country where you’re purchasing your new property abroad. The last thing you want after you’ve moved into your dream property is to discover you have a huge tax bill to pay.

What sort of taxes can you expect to pay? Well, that depends on what you’re planning to do with your property. If you’re moving there permanently, or using it exclusively to holiday during the year, you may only be liable for local taxes. However, because they vary widely, both at the time of purchase and whilst you are an owner or occupier, you should get some professional advice. Taxes can include:

• Stamp duty
• Land tax
• Registration tax
• Property transfer tax
• VAT equivalents

To avoid paying too much tax, or getting in difficulty for not paying the right taxes, consult a tax expert; either in your country of purchase, or a UK tax accountant who specialises in tax issues for owners of property abroad. They should be able to advise you properly; so that you only pay the taxes you are liable for.

UK tax on your property abroad

If you are renting out your property abroad, thereby earning an income, you could be liable for tax in the UK. To check this, you need to talk to your local tax office. Explain your plans and they should be able to give you some advice. Remember that the UK has an agreement with certain countries that ensures that British citizens don’t get taxed in both countries for the same thing. Check if the country where you’re buying your property abroad has signed up to this agreement.

Author:  Holidayhomenews