As you’d expect in an area that bridges Africa and Asia, the food on the Red Sea coast is exciting. Egyptian bazaars display staggering amounts of spices, all of which feature prominently in everyday cooking. Some dishes may frighten little people, but on the whole you should be able to entice your kids into embracing new flavours.
Egyptians like their meat, as does the Middle Eastern community, so you’ll find lots of meats, normally grilled or roasted. The well-known shish kebab is a favourite, normally served with pitta, tomato salad and hummus. Mezze platters (a mixed goodie bag of falafel, hummus, breads, and so on) are fun options for family holidays.
There are plenty of gorgeous sweet treats too, including dates and nuts clothed in sweet pastry. The many juice bars on the streets offer delicious freshly squeezed oranges that are very welcome in the midday sun.
The Red Sea resorts also offer plenty of international cuisine, including some familiar fast-food outlets.
Drink only bottled water and eat fruit that has been peeled to avoid any tummy upsets.