Red Sea Resorts
Hurghada found on the western side of Egypt's Red Sea Riviera is a beach town resort stretching some 40km along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It is the second biggest town on the Red Sea, renowned for scuba diving, thanks to its beautiful coral reefs. This former fishing village is now a lively friendly resort that has managed to retain its natural and historic charm and is perfect for those seeking total relaxation with plenty of sunshine. Hurghada boasts very little rainfall and average temperatures that soar into the upper 30s during the summer months with warm sea temperatures all year round. To the north of Hurghada is the historic old town El Dahar with a warren of narrow streets, a Christian Coptic Church, traditional souks and local nightlife of traditional Egyptian coffee shops. In the middle is Sekalla with its many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, also home to the recently restored Mosque, Old Habour and nearby new Marina, housing an exclusive selection of shops, with excellent restaurants. El Memsha lays in the south of Hurghada the main resort area, with its modern Hotel developments stretching the coastal road.
Around 22km north of Hurghada on Egypt's Red Sea coast lies the vast tourist resort of El Gouna. It is part of the Red Sea Riviera and is a sophisticated beach resort of islands and interlinked lagoons, coral reefs and sandy beaches, popular for its wealth of watersports as well as its dining and evening entertainment. It has an excellent infrastructure and superb services as well as natural beaches and year-round sunshine. El Gouna’s facilities include a eighteen-hole golf course, casino, two shopping centres, (the main one with an open-air cinema), nightclubs, banks, travel agencies and a post office, plus a museum, aquarium, winery, airport, 3 international standard marinas, universities and schools, 2 spas, a state-of-the-art gym and over a hundred restaurants and bars. There are three main areas in El Gouna; Downtown, Tamr Henna Square, with its palm trees, shops, cafes and outside seating and the Abu Tig Marina lined with restaurants, bars and an excellent selection of quality boutiques offering jewellery, local crafts and clothing. There are several beaches, among them Mangroovy Beach, popular with kitesurfers, Zeytuna Beach situated on its own island,and Moods Beach.
Just 15 mins from Hurghada Airport it is home to one of natures most stunning beaches 12.5 kilometres long, one of the longest uninterrupted stretches of white sand within a swimable bay on Egypt's Red Sea Riveria . It also has a number of islands and coral reefs with excellent diving and snorkeling. The nearby Abu Hasheesh Island is a local protectorate containing a thriving community of marine life. The pier at Sahl Hasheesh is extensive, stretching 400 meters over the clear, blue waters of the Red Sea. Tourists can find something of a treasure, a partly submerged artificial city, this historic underwater pharonic city was part of Sahl Hasheesh Bay, which sank thousands of years ago. This artificial reef attracts fish and is a favourite with tourists for diving and snorkeling. Within the resorts charming arabesque-style design there is an array of amenities, from local craft stores to designer shops, high quality restaurants to outdoor cafes, vibrant nightlife to spas, cinemas and children’s play areas, and a stunning seafront promenade with an exhilarating atmosphere day and night.
Lying on the western coast of the Red Sea between Safaga and Hurghada, Makadi Bay is a resort town in Egypt. It is located about 30 kilometers south of Hurghada on the Red Sea and nestles gently between serene desert, sand dunes and the red sea mountains. With its long beautiful stretches of soft white sand, clear waters and inshore reefs home to extremely beautiful marine life, this idyllic destination is ideal for lovers of snorkeling and diving. Within the resort is Makadi Mall, which offers a wide range of al la carte dining egyptian, indian,chinese, italian and french restaurants along with regular evening entertainment. In addition there are several shopping boutiques in this beautifully designed moorish style arcade reflective of a traditional souk. Makadi Bay's location on the Red Sea makes it the perfect destination for diving, other activities available are horse and camel riding, a golf course and boat trips. The Makadi sports centre boasts stunning red sea views it combines a well-equipped fitness centre with a floodlit 5 a side football pitch, tennis courts and a sports bar to unwind in afterwards.
Soma Bay is a peninsula surrounded on all sides by the sea, about 5 km in length and 2 km wide, accessed via a 7 km private road through a single controlled entry gate. It is home to The Cascades Spa & Thalasso known as the best in Egypt and one of the largest in the world, their focus is on the health properties of mineral-rich seawater and seaweed. The resort location has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Red Sea and panoramic views of the desert mountains. Its Marina, is one of the main yachting marina’s on Egypt’s Red Sea coast and is home to luxury boats, offering world class services and conditions. Admire the beautiful views or search for the hidden treasures of its shops, the Marina provides something for everyone. On its eastern coastline, Soma Bay’s House Reef extends from Shaab Saiman at the North headland to the Southern tip of Ras Abou Soma, and is full of a wide collection of marine life providing scuba diving and snorkeling on some of the world's best coral reefs, Soma Bay's purpose-built diving center is one of the largest and most well-equipped in the Red Sea. Water sports are particularly popular here, the kite surfing conditions are ranked as one of top three kite spots worldwide.
Port Safaga, also known as Safaga, is a town in Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea, located 65 Km south of Hurghada. The town, with its wide azure bay, long sandy beaches and pretty islands, is a favourite sports destination in the Red Sea Riveria The town has a small but thriving tourism industry, mainly concentrating on watersports and sightseeing, with little nightlife around, it is popular among Kitesurfers and windsurfers. Home to some of the most outstanding diving in the Red Sea, with the bay’s chain reefs of Tobia Arbaa, and the impressive walls of Panorama famous for it schooling barracuda, dolphins, grey reef sharks and silvertips and Abu Qifan towering reefs, where often big pelagics such as tunas, and mantas can be spotted. Other dive sites are 'The Salem Express' a stunning yet tragic shipwreck. In 1991, pilgrims returning from the Hajj were killed when the passenger ferry they were on sank in the Egyptian waters.
El Quseir is a city in Eastern Egypt, located on the Red Sea Coast approximately 138 kilometers south of Hurghada. The resort is quiet and secluded for those seeking a relaxed holiday and the well preserved coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving to see the underwater marine life. The premium dive sites nearby are the Brothers, east of El-Quseir, and the Elphinstone and Abu Dabbab reefs, located towards Marsa Alam. In the town center, are the thirteenth-century Faran Mosque and an impressive former quarantine hospital dating back to the nineteenth century. El-Quseir’s most impressive landmark, is the sixteenth-century fortress, which now hosts a fascinating Visitors Center with displays of local history, archaeology, and culture. Designed to protect trade routes used by the Ottomans, the cistern, watchtower provides excellent views with rooms built into the walls of the fortress each containing small exhibits on the history and traditions of the Red Sea coast. In addition to the fortress, El-Quseir has a few other sights including a small harbour where you can see local boat-builders at work, and a beachside promenade
Marsa Alam is the most southern of Egypt’s resorts, its renowned for its virtually untouched shimmering beaches and beautiful coral reefs. The area around the town, has become a diving hub, and there are some excellent dive sites within striking distance. Off the coast of Marsa Alam are some of Egypt’s most perfect reefs, Elphinstone Reef is possibly the best of the lot – a sheer 70-metre coral wall where big turtles and whitetip reef sharks circle above your head. There’s also Samadai Reef, nicknamed Dolphin House a crescent-shaped protected area set up in 2001, a place where wild spinner dolphins mass and St John’s, a site with caves, black coral and if you’re fortunate sharks. Tourist numbers to the reef are capped at two hundred per day and it’s now a great spot for snorkeling as well as diving. Marsa Alam lines up an unparalleled range of beaches, from popular stretches to footprint-free sands The U-shaped Abu Dabab Bay is a beautiful stretch of white sand , known for its sea turtles and dugongs (sea cows) which are routinely spotted. The Kitesurf site El Naaba Lagoon is separated from the open sea by a coral reef and Wadi el-Gemal National Park, due south of the town, encompasses desert, seagrass beds, reefs and islands.