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Strand in Marsa Alam, Bild: Balate Dorin / shutterstock

Holidays in the beach paradise of Marsa Alam

One of the most beautiful beach paradises on the Red Sea is the seaside resort of Marsa Alam. Formerly a dreamy fishing village on the east coast of Egypt, Marsa Alam has become a popular holiday destination.

The company’s own airport is located about 60 kilometers outside the city. The convenient journey and the fact that it is the warmest region on the Red Sea has contributed to its great popularity. With only 2,000 inhabitants, the village is small and peaceful. Both the houses and the hotels are spread along the coast and do not form a concentrated center.

On the gently sloping beaches, both families with children and non-swimmers can swim safely. You will look in vain for varied evening entertainment in the village. But holidays take place on the most beautiful beaches, the most attractive underwater world and near spectacular historical sites.

Best time to visit Marsa Alam

The summer months are reserved for sun worshippers, who can also endure great heat of 35 degrees Celsius and more. In all other months, the thermometer rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius, making the region a destination that offers warm bathing weather all year round. In addition, there are the water temperatures, which average 27 to 30 degrees Celsius in summer. Even in the winter months, the water still has a temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. These are ideal conditions for exploring the dazzling underwater world extensively.

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Sun and sea are the defining elements

Diving in Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam is a diving paradise, Image: Vlad61 / shutterstock

In Marsa Alam, the holiday is mainly about the beach and the sea. Exciting reefs reach just off the coast. Others are within easy reach by boat and offer divers unique experiences. On the spectacular steep walls of “Dolphin Reef” and “Elephinstone Reef” there are exciting encounters with big fish, dolphins and now and then sharks.

The most beautiful bay is north of Marsa Alam with the “Caraya Bay”. The fine, long sandy beach and the offshore coral reefs make the holidays a constant experience.

At the “Abu Dabbab Bay” a mysterious shipwreck lures you to dive and snorkel. From the beach there is an extra highlight. From here, sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs can be spotted without the need for a boat tour or dive.

Marsa Alam Adventure

The small town of Marsa Alam has not only lived from fishing. Large deposits of gold and emeralds, semi-precious stones, copper and lead were mined here. Emeralds were the symbol of power and immortality. The most famous mines are the “Cleopatra Mines”. In the desert towards Edfu and the Nile, there are numerous clues and historical mines and places. Mines were operated in the “Wadi Miya” during the time of the pharaohs. These days, remnants can be seen. At that time, a small rock temple was built for the workers, which can still be visited today. Rock carvings depict animals that lived here at the time.

Marsa Alam, the gateway to the national park

A special destination near Marsa Alam is the third largest national park in Egypt. In the “Wadi al-Gamal National Park“, the “Valley of the Camels” in the middle of the East Arabian Desert, dorcas gazelles, slate falcons and the rare “African donkeys” and the “Syrian ibex” live on 7450 square kilometres. They cope well with both the heat and the severe drought.

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On the coastal strip, mangrove forests, four islands in the Hamata archipelago and Wadi al-Gamal Island are part of the national park. In addition to mangroves, numerous shrubs have settled. Its roots are formed by small elevations such as dunes.

It is forbidden to enter the national park without a ranger. These knowledgeable guides will show you all the natural beauties and special features, as well as the historically important places from Roman and Ptolemaic times in the park.

Experience Marsa Alam and the surrounding area actively on land

Going on a desert tour by quad bike is the goal of many guests. If you want it less fast, entrust yourself to the back of a camel and swing comfortably through the desert sand. A trip to the wonderland of the desert should be on every holiday programme. The indescribable scenery of a sunset in the desert remains unforgettable.

They are exciting excursions into the past in the land of the pharaohs.
The most impressive tours lead to the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Karnak. The world-famous archaeological sites at Luxor, the former Thebes, are worth a trip from Marsa Alam. Impressive columns and colossal statues or the rock temples of Abu Simbel are within easy reach.

Marsa Alam is the ideal destination to combine fascinating cultural experiences with a relaxed beach holiday