Marsa Alam Things To Do/Holidays

Marsa Alam Things To Do/Holidays
A ‘Where ToGo in Marsa Alam’ guide doesn’t come in a pocket version. On the contrary.Marsa Alam Egypt offers almost unlimited options. It’s not easy to make achoice but somebody has got to do it... So, where do we go during Marsa Alamholidays?

El Qusier.  The Ottoman Citadel

El Quseir is a small coastal town that has managed to maintain itsspecific characteristics of a fisherman’s village. It’s set directly on theattractive coastline of the Red Sea, between Safaga and Marsa Alam Egypt. ElQuseir is a quiet resort with sandy beaches, clear waters and beautiful coralreefs, emerging as a first rate tourist destination.


The town's narrow streets are lined with colourful bazaars which have adistinctive Bedouin accent. El Quseir is a popular destination for a half orfull day excursion. Its main attraction is the impressive Ottoman Citadel. Thecastle was originally built in 1517 to protect what was Egypt's mostimportant port on the Red Sea at the time.

Below the castle lies the Sharia Al Gomhuriya, the spiritual town centrewith a labyrinth of bazaars . Local vendors flirt with tourists to buy goods,such as alabaster statues, leather articles and papyrus. On Fridays, bytradition, Ababda bedouin and farmers come to town with their products, makingfor a colourful and fascinating trade.

 
Port Ghalib. The WonderfulMarina

Port Ghalib markets itself as ‘the new comfort zone’ for your Marsa Alamholidays; and rightfully so. Port Ghalib’s showpiece is its immaculate upmarketMarina Residence. The Tower Village attracts culture seekers, admiring itsarchitectural theme, inspired by the nearby Arabian desert.


Wadi Ghalib is in the close vicinity of Port Ghalib, built on thespiritual legacy of local history and culture. Port Ghalib serves as thedeparture point for many boats for daily snorkeling and diving trips and divingsafaris. Port Ghalib is very easy accessible by nearby Marsa Alam InternationalAirport.

 
Shalateen. TheCamel Market

Some 250 kilometers south of Marsa Alam we find the village of Shalateen.Shalateen is where Sudanese herders go with their camels to meet Egyptiantraders. The Shalateen camel market is open daily. It buzzes with activity onThursdays and business is considerably slower on Fridays. Shalateen has afascinating sartorial decor, with Rashaida tribesmen wearing lavenderghalibiyas and their women clad in scarlet red dresses.


The Emerald Mines. Mons Smaragdus

The ruins of these ancient mines can still be explored on foot. The Emerald Mines from Marsa Alam are an important archaeological site inEgypt and are located in the desert between Marsa Alam and the Nile Valley. Inretrospect, they have been named the Cleopatra Mines or Mons Smaragdus, meaningEmerald Mountain. For the convenience of the tourists, guided tours are beingorganized by operators.


Hamata.  Small Is Beautiful

Opposite the legendary Fury Shoal and St John Reef systems in the RedSea with their thirty-five dive sites, we find the small town of Hamata.
Hamata is best described as an unspoiled, uncrowded and unspoiledregion, situated some 200km south of Marsa Alam. Together with its unexploredfeel it is in fact the most southerly diving hub in Egypt’s Red Sea.

Hamata is also a big kitesurf hotspot in the nearby desert with thehighest wind chance in Egypt. Up in the air kiters are eye in eye with crystalclear waters and fascinating mangrove trees arrangements. Hamata is an absolutemust for enthusiastic divers and kiters.