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Marsa Alam Holidays

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CurrencyEGP: Egyptian Pound LanguageArabic Flight DurationFrom 5 hours 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

For years, Marsa Alam has been a well-kept secret. Situated on the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt, it’s long been known as a paradise for divers who wish to discover kaleidoscope coral reefs, hundreds of species of marine life and abandoned shipwrecks. Nowadays though, more and more holidaymakers are catching on, and Marsa Alam is starting to become the tourist hotspot that it deserves to be.

Brayka Bay Reef Resort Hotel
Flamenco Beach Resort
Club Calimera Akassia Swiss Resort
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort
Movenpick Resort El Quseir

Great Places to Visit

It’s long been a diving haven, but laidback Marsa Alam is quickly coming round to the idea of being a tourist hub, and the wealth of activities is growing.

Kite Surf like a Pro

Marsa Alam is known for its kitesurfing opportunities, and caters for everyone from total beginners to more experienced surfers who want to try out the Red Sea crests. The high proportion of windy days each month will appeal to the pros, but if you’re just starting out, the relatively gentle waves will be perfect for you.

Visit Ancient Mines

The hills around Marsa Alam used to be the home of emerald mines - some of which can be visited today. Apparently, it is emeralds that were mined from these hills that were Queen Cleopatra’s stone of choice, and while the chances of you landing on some shimmering bling are slim to none, the mines are still an interesting day out.

Dine at Port Ghalib Marina

This pretty marina berths 1000 yachts, and boasts a variety of restaurants offering up mouth-watering menus to try. From the Egyptian cuisine served at the Sultan Restaurant, to the Wunder-Bar sports bar and grill that dishes up meaty burgers, fries and a BBQ menu, there’s bound to be a stylish restaurant, bar or café for you.

Be Pampered at the Spa

While in Port Ghalib, why not treat yourself to a spa afternoon at the Six Senses Spa, where a specialist masseuse will know how to tease out your knots and make you feel revitalised. Or you could sign up for the Cleopatra signature facial, which will cleanse and nourish your skin and make you feel like a Pharaoh Queen.

Getting Around

Marsa Alam is fairly small and self-contained, and therefore walkable. Taxis will get to where you wish to go, and are comfortable and inexpensive. Agree the fare in advance. Buses are available for longer trips, to Luxor, Cairo or Aswan, for example. There are also daily buses to popular Hurghada, although the timetable is sketchy! You’ll find jeep and camel safaris in the nearby desert, and quads can also be hired.

By Bus

As Marsa Alam is still an up and coming resort, the local bus service is non-existent (at the moment). There are some longer distance services that connect you with destinations further away, though.

By Car

Hiring a car in Egypt isn’t recommended, and isn’t required in the resort of Marsa Alam. Book transfers to and from the airport and, if you do wish to leave the resort, take a taxis.

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Passports and Visas

British holidaymakers will need to pick up a visa at the airport, for $25USD. Valid passports are essential, and should have at least 6 months left on them. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Make sure you take out travel and medical insurance before you head off on holiday – including sports cover if you’re going to be enjoying watersports, scuba diving or quad biking! For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/health

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