beaches of the Red Sea are an exquisite gift of nature. The sea with
its crystal clear blue waters, offers colorful corals and rare
marine life. The long chain of mountains, with their different
colors, run parallel to the coastline, separated from the sea only
by a plain, most of which is suitable for camping. All these
elements, the work of the Creator, blend into a a rare painting of
magnificent winter and summer climate and envhanting natural beauty
that charms the visitor into believing he is on a legendary tour of
a paradise on earth.
The Red Sea - 1930 km. long and
270,000 km. squared - is bordered by Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen and Dijbouti. Mount Sinai, 2285 km.,
is the highest peak. Its climate is equatorial with temperatures
ranging between 35 C and 41 C. water temperatures range between 18C
and 21C in winter, an 21C and 26.5C in the summer.
Underwater visibility is more than 30
meters and diving is possible up to 45 meters. You
can take a day-trip to Giftun
snorkeling or a view of the ocean through a glass-bottomed boat or
submarine. When you're not in the sea you can
shop in the boutiques,
relax in the luxury holiday villages, visit the aquarium or the
Roman remains at nearby Gebel
Aabu Dukhan. Day trips or safaris to explore the Red Sea
Mountains by camel or jeep are also available. Here is a brief
overview of some of the tourist sites at the Red Sea:
‘Ayn Sukhna "Hot Spring": Located
about 55 km. south of the Suez. It is one of the most beautiful
spots on the Red Sea and the closest to Cairo. Both a summer and
winter resort, its sandy beach equals the best in the world and is
suitable for camping.It is an excellant spot for water sports,
fishing and underwater photography.
in the early 20th century , Hurghanda has gone on to become the
foremost tourist resorts of the Red Sea coast and an international
centre for aquatic sports. If it takes place in the water you can do
it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling. The
unique underwater gardens are some of the finest in the world.
Princess Village: About
10 km. from Hurghada. This village comprises 20 two-story villas, 40
bungalows and 30 single/double room studios.
a working port with several tourist villages specializing in diving
holidays, a handful of hotels and some excellent fish restaurants.
Daytrips to Tobia Islands or Mons Claudianus in the Red Sea can be
arranged with local guides.
has a long history as one of the major ports of the Red Sea: from
here Queen Hatshepsut launched her expedition to the land of Punt,
as depicted in the reliefs in Deir el-Bahari temple at Luxor. Today,
Al-Quseir is a quiet resort with sandy beaches, clear waters and
Mersa Alam: A
village with a small harbour and stone quay. Mers Alam is the ideal
base for a fishing holiday. The Dokki Shooting Club has a resthouse
here and can arrange deep sea fishing trips. There are some fine
offshore coral reefs and diving facilities being developed.
Red Sea Coast is also the home of St. Anthony's Monasteryand its
neighbor St. Paul's, which are the oldest monasteries in Egypt.
Hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains and relying on springs for
their water supply, both still observe rituals that have hardly
changed in the 16th centuries. St. Anthony's was founded in 356 AD,
just after the saint's death. Today it is a self-contained village
with gardens, a mill, a bakery and five churches with exceptional
wall paintings and icons.
are 24 islands in the Red Sea, all of which are rich with fauna and
flora. The most important are: