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Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam

This small town on the Red Sea coast is fast gaining recognition as a lovely tourist location thanks to its exceptional diving sites and underwater fauna: while swimming in Marsa Alam you are likely to see dolphins, dugongs, turtles and a variety of marine wildlife.
Located 274 km south of Hurghada city, on the Red Sea, Marsa Alam's pleasant climate makes it a great vacation spot, winter temperatures have been known to reach 31°C and in summer they lie between 20 and 35°C.

Here are some tips you can make use of while on a holiday in Marsa Alam:

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- Shopping: Head to the nearby Al-Quseir for your shopping. It’s where you can find the best deals. Marsa Alam also has many bazaars and shops that sell hand made crafts.

- Exceptional Winds: Stronger wind speeds can be expected in Marsa Alam in the late summer and autumn.

- Culture Vultures: There are numerous historical sites to explore near Marsa Alam. The Umm Fawakhir region in Wadi Hammamat on the Edfu-Marsa Alam Road is home to pharaonic ruins, including the Temple of Seti I, while 150 km away from town you can visit the Tomb of Sheikh Hassan al-Shazili, which dates back to 656 AH, 1258 AD.

Tips

- Nearby: From Marsa Alam you can head to other nearby Red Sea destinations such as Hurghada and Safaga, or even Luxor which is located 3 hours away and Aswan (133 km away).

 


- While diving or snorkeling, avoid harming the beautiful underwater creatures and corals. Also keep in mind that you have to respect hunting and fishing prohibitions.

- Food: The best restaurants in town are located inside the hotels and resorts. Those offer a wide selection of local and international dishes. For upscale dining, gourmet restaurants, and international food chains, head to the new Port Ghalib Marina.

- Where to stay: Marsa Alam offers a wide range of hotels and resorts suiting each and every budget, including 5-star hotels such as the Cataract as well as 1-star hotels such as “The Star of Marsa Alam”, a charming hotel that only lacks air conditioning in its rooms. Green landscaped areas cover 70% of the town’s total area. Beautifully shaped swimming pools add to the charm of this major Red Sea holiday destination, hotels offer state-of-the-art facilities for business travelers, as well as all the needed services related to family travel.

 

Facts About: Marsa Alam
Population : 6000 Area Code : 65 Population Origin : Bedouin Airport Inauguration : 2003

Getting There

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    Your gateway to the Red Sea, and only 10 minutes from the Porto Ghalib Resort, this airport ranks high in efficiency, organization, and facilitation; the walking distances are small, the arrangement of booths makes check in and customs hassle free, and the entire facility is air-conditioned. Marsa Alam Airport receives flights from many major international airlines such as Egyptair, Thomas Cook, Air Berlin, Air Italy, and Jazeera Airways.
     
  • By Bus

    You can reach Marsa Alam by bus from Cairo (789 km). Bus rides from Cairo take about 7 hours.

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