RED SEA GETAWAY
Egypt’s Red Sea coast runs from the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese border. Its mineral-rich red mountain ranges inspired the mariners of antiquity to name the sea “Mare Rostrum” or the Red Sea. The Red Sea is comparatively sheltered and calm; its currents are gentle and regular, its tides almost non-existent and its temperature warm and steady. It is dotted with pristine beaches and coral reefs; fringed by ancient ports teeming with underwater life and a rich maritime history which stretches back to Pharaonic times. Sunbathers can relax on white sandy beaches or find shade in the mangrove lagoons that line the coast while snorkelers explore the reefs. The underwater wonder of the Red Sea remains a living tapestry of vibrant coral and exotic fish, waiting for you to discover its secrets. Thousands of migrating birds are attracted to the Red Sea shores, making it a paradise for bird-watchers. If you just want to relax, love the sun or would like to get your feet wet… choose a Red Sea getaway!
Once a small fishing village, Marsa Alam is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in Egypt. Situated near the Tropic of Cancer, Marsa Alam offers a truly tropical feeling with palm groves, mangrove bays and exceptional coral reefs. Sweeping white-sand beaches dotted with straw parasols create utopia for sun-worshippers. The water is crystal clear and the air is clean and refreshing. For diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, Marsa Alam is a treasure waiting to be discovered, boasting beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of magnificently coloured sea life.
Some reefs are home to the spinner dolphins and the elusive, timid dugong. Marsa Alam also has some interesting inland attractions which are worth exploring such as the Emerald Mines and the Temple of Seti I at Khanais. The awesome Wadi el Gemal National Park is skirted by 100kms of pure Red Sea beach bliss. There are some great adventure tours for those who might want to experience the desert and mountains of Egypt’s Eastern Desert. Remote, tranquil and of breathtaking simplicity, Marsa Alam is the place to get away from it all.