Marsa Alam - City Tour
Duration: Half Day
Spend a day exploring the palm-fringed beaches and quaint old town of Marsa Alam during your holiday in Egypt. Situated near the Tropic of Cancer, where the Arabian Desert meets the Red Sea, this tropical paradise is now one of the most popular resorts along the Red Sea Riviera. Every year holidaymakers flock to the crystal clear blue waters, pristine coral reefs and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country for fun and relaxation. This memorable tour will reveal some of the highlights.
Marsa Alam sits on the T-junction between the ancient road from Edfu town and the Red Sea coast, which was built through the Eastern Desert by Ptolemy II in the Greek period. This historic route runs past sites where ancient Egyptians mined much of their gold, and it is also known for its fascinating rock inscriptions which date back to the pre-dynastic period. The graffiti depicts ostrich hunting scenes and also shows animals such as giraffes and cattle.
The town of Marsa Alam was traditionally just a small, sleepy fishing village, but since the opening of the Marsa Alam International Airport and a surge of tourist development in recent years, this relaxed resort is now one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in Egypt and is destined to become as popular as the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. One of the main reasons for Marsa Alam’s popularity is the fact that it is the gateway to some of the most spectacular dive sites in the southern Red Sea, attracting diving and snorkeling enthusiasts from all over the world.
If you can drag yourself away from the beautiful sandy beaches, the town of Marsa Alam is worth exploring. Still relatively primitive, it comprises mainly of several cafes and small supermarkets, in addition to a bus station, fuel station and the Negmet Marsa Alam motel.
Though there is little here to allure visitors at the moment, considerable development is underway around Marsa Alam and several tourism projects are in the pipeline. The largest marina in the Middle East is just one of the planned projects, and this will be an international sea-gateway for yachts visiting Egypt. In addition, a picturesque corniche will be built around the marina, offering a range of shops, galleries and boutiques as well as cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, discos and even a casino. There are also plans for a conference centre, festival hall, a golf course and more hotels.
Marsa Alam will certainly be worth returning to when the developments have been completed.
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