Visiting Egypt in March

If you want delightfully warm weather without hordes of tourists, visit Egypt in March. By the time March arrives, Egypt’s winter has come to an end, and most tourists have gone back home.

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Visiting Egypt in March

Egypt is a fantastic year round holiday destination, but certain times of the year may not be the ideal time to visit, depending on your travel style and your personal preferences. For example, the winter months (December, January and February) may be a bit to cool or even too cold for you. This is also when the country sees its biggest influx of tourists. Some of Egypt’s most popular tourist sites like the Giza Pyramids and the Abu Simbel Temple complex can see thousands of tourists arriving each day.

By March, the winter crowds have dwindled significantly, and the weather has started to get warmer, and these are two of the main reasons why a lot of people book holidays to Egypt in March. So, should you visit Egypt in March? Continue reading to find out more about booking Egypt tours in March.

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Weather in Egypt in March

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If your plan is to visit Egypt in March, you will most likely be wondering what sort of weather to expect. The good news is, you can look forward to absolutely splendid weather. March falls into what is often referred to as a “shoulder season.” Winter has passed, and summer has not yet arrived. It is a perfect time for exploring the busy streets of Cairo and the country’s many famous historic sites. March is also a good time to book a Nile River cruise.

The weather in Egypt in March is often described as being balmy. The days are lovely and warm, while the nights are cool, but not really cold, although you probably will still need to wear a a light jacket in the evenings. In short, you can look forward to very pleasant weather if you choose to visit Egypt in March.

The average temperature during the day ranges from 17C (min.) to 28C (max.). On most days, expect average daytime highs of around 25C (about 77F). With an average daily humidity of around 40%, and a 71% chance of clear sunny skies, March is a fantastic time to explore Egypt’s many ancient ruins. And, if you visit Egypt in March, there is a 0% chance of rain.

All in all, whether you want to spend your entire vacation visiting Egypt’s historic sites and/or cultural sites, or whether you want to relax on a beach and go SCUBA diving in the Red Sea at Sharm El-Sheikh, March is a great time to visit, thanks to the pleasant daytime temperatures and the absence of crowds.

Festivals in Egypt in March

If you are planning to visit Egypt in March and you like attending festivals, be on the lookout for the Downtown Contemporary Art Festival. This is an annual festival that takes place at several different venues in downtown Cairo. It lasts for three weeks between March and April, and it’s aim is to showcase music, dance, literature, visual arts and films produced by Egyptian artists.

Another festival to look out for if you visit Egypt in March with children is the Hakawy International Festival For Children. This is a 3-day even that takes place in the large theatre at Cairo Opera House and at Alexandria’s Bibliotheca. Activities include live theatre, puppeteering, storytelling, and a variety of workshops.

Apart from the above mentioned festivals, there are no other annual festivals in March, but in Egypt, there always seems to be a festival or celebration of some sort, regardless of when you choose to visit.

What to Wear in Egypt in March

Whether you are planning an extensive private tour of Egypt, or whether you are only planning for a Nile cruise in March, you may be wondering what to wear while you are in the Land of the Pharaohs. While tourist numbers have declined quite a lot by March, it is still a popular time to visit, so you will still see lots of tourists during your stay.

You will see lots of guys wearing shorts and t-shirts, and you will see lot’s of women wearing shorts and tank tops. However, out of respect for local norms, it is best to dress somewhat modestly or conservatively, and especially if you are a female traveler.

Female travelers who wear very short pants and revealing tops are not likely to be harassed, but you will most likely attract attention. In that regard, we would recommend wearing dresses instead. Also, because the days are quite warm in March, long loose dresses are best.

Wearing clothes like shorts and tank tops are fine in the touristy areas, or during a Nile River cruise. Women are also expected to cover their hair and shoulders when entering a mosque, and one’s legs should be covered to at least below the knees.

Male tourists are free to dress as they wish, but our recommendation would be lightweight loose fitting clothes, and since you will likely be spending a lot of time in the sun, long sleeved shirts and long pants or slacks are best, especially if you want to avoid sunburn.

In terms of footwear, we recommend wearing breathable sandals, and a pair of comfortable shoes when visiting major tourist attractions. Comfortable walking shoes can make your trip so much more enjoyable, especially during certain activities, such as exploring the interiors of the famous Pyramids of Giza.

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What to Pack for Egypt in March

 If you want to create a packing list for when you visit Egypt in March, here are a few items which you should definitely add to your packing list:

  • Insect repellent – generally speaking, insects like mosquitos are not a huge problem in Egypt, but you will almost certainly get bitten a few times during your stay. With this in mind, we strongly suggest packing in some good insect repellent.
  • Electrical adapter – Depending on which country you come from, you may need a universal power adapter in order to charge your electronic devices. Egypt’s electrical plugs have two round pins/prongs. The power supply in Egypt is 220V and 50Hz, something which American tourists should keep in mind when visiting the country.
  • Power bank – The last thing you want is for your phone or camera battery to die on you while you are visiting Egypt’s incredible ancient monuments. To avoid this, be sure to pack in a small and compact portable charger/power bank.
  • Sunscreen lotion – By March, the weather has started to warm up and most days are sunny, so a good quality sunscreen is essential.
  • Sunglasses – If you are going to visit Egypt in March, we strongly recommend packing in a good pair of sunglasses. The glare from the sun can be really strong, especially when visiting historic sites that are located in desert regions, such as Valley of the Kings, for example.
  • Wide brimmed hat – With mostly sunny weather in March, consider packing in a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection when out and about.
  • Secure wallet or purse – While crime is certainly not rampant in Egypt, pickpocketing does happen, usually in very crowded areas, including bazaars and popular tourist attractions. In order to keep your money and your credit cards safe, we recommend using a body travel wallet or a neck wallet which you can wear under your top.
  • Light jacket – You most likely won’t have any need for a jacket during the day if you visit Egypt in March, but the evenings can still be surprisingly cool and chilly.
  • Travel insurance – Travel insurance is no a mandatory requirement for tourists, but it is something which we highly recommend, regardless of which country you visit.

Unforgettable Holidays to Egypt in March

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Last Updated on March 27, 2024