Red Sea

Red Sea

 

SnorleingEgypt'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.
Hermits seeking seclusion founded early Christian monasteries here, sharing the wilderness with camel-trading Bedouin tribes. Today, the crags and limestone wadis of the Eastern Desert remain relatively unexplored, home to ibex and gazelle. But the Red Sea itself, dotted with coral reefs, fringed by ancient ports, teeming with underwater life, has a rich maritime history which stretches back to Pharaonic times.
The thermal winds that once sped clippers to the East still bring thousands of migrating birds to the shores of the Red Sea, making it a paradise for bird-watchers. Today, the ancient ports are better known as some of the best diving and fishing resorts in the world.
Here, you will find over 800 fish species, including the deadly stone-fish, the equally dangerous butterfly-fish, as well as surgeon fish, jellyfish such as the cassiopei, crabs that sometimes overrun the shore in the evening and some species of shark. Sunbathers relax on white sand beaches, or find shade in the mangrove lagoons that line the coast, while snorkelers explore the reefs. And the underwater wonder of the Red Sea remains a living tapestry of vibrant corals and exotic fish, waiting for you to discover its secrets.
If you love that heady combination of Arabian Desert bordered by palm-fringed, glittering beaches, then holidays on the Red Sea are for you.

Backed by romantic deserts capes and crimson-colored Rocky Mountains, Egypt's Red Sea resorts boast sugary, soft sands straight from a fairytale. Just inches away, bright jade and blue seas of unbelievable clarity embrace a dazzling array of undersea life, from sensational coral gardens to vast shoals of tropical fish, as well as turtles and dolphins. And all around, cloudless blue skies and un-spoilt views over faraway mountains and distant palm groves add an intoxicating aura of Eastern exotica. For sun-seekers, water-lovers and scuba divers, it's little short of heaven.

When it comes to the resorts, there's a surprising variety to make your Red Sea holidays perfect.

In lively partying-and-family town of Hurghada, you'll find atmospheric bazaars perfect for souvenir-hunting, chic shopping malls and great nighttime entertainment.

And whether you're looking for late deals, all inclusive holidays or fantastic-value cheap holidays to the Red Sea

Major Red Sea Cities

 

Hurghada

Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today a stretch of 20 km with beach hotels, and it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming

Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in Egypt, popular with wind surfers, divers and sun worshippers fortunate enough to have discovered the resort's remote tranquility.

Qusier

Of Egypt's Red Sea ports, Quseir is the one with the longest history and the most traces from it.
In ancient Egyptian history, this was the port for expeditions to the "Land of Punt". Throughout Muslim history, this was a major port for pilgrims heading for Mecca.

Safaga

Safaga is a marine port connected by a regular cruise shuttle service line with Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Safaga City is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centers, as special medical researches have proved the potential of attracting international tourism to Safaga.

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