Red Sea Coast Tourism - Sinai Peninsula Travel Guide

Red Sea Coast Tourism

The Red Sea is a body of water like no other, in that it is a semi-enclosed sea communicating only with the Mediterranean through the man-made Suez canal and with the Indian ocean through the shallow Bab El-Mandab strait. This unique physiography has created a marine environment that supports flourishing coral reefs and endemic wetland communities in latitudes far north of their limits elsewhere.

It encompasses a segment of the Red Sea coastal plain and mountains (refer to the following section "The Red Sea Environment"). It is located between 24° 25` N in the north and 24° 05` in the south, and between Red Sea shoreline in the east, and about 34° 40 E in the west and covers 70 km north/south. It is bounded by Mersa Alam on the north, and Hammata/Wadi Gemal on the south including Gebal Hammata and deltas of Wadi El-Gemal.

The Red Sea Coast is a region of eastern Egypt, runs from the Gulf of Suez, and the many mountain ranges inspired the mariners of antiquity to name it the “Sea Mare Rostrum”, or the Red Sea following the shoreline of the Red Sea for 800 km from Suez in the north to the Sudanese border in the south. It is Egypt's fastest developing area for overseas travelers and is best known for its warm climate. The marine life in the Red Sea is also mind-blowing. You can regularly see manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and endless tropical fish. There is "something for everyone", with both beginners and more experienced divers able to enjoy what the water has to offer.

With all this on show, Egypt is growing in popularity year on year as a holiday hotspot for Brits looking for some winter sunshine. And last month, a new survey revealed that the three MET destinations (Morocco, Egypt and Turkey) were more popular than the traditional, and more expensive, Med, as travellers look for cheaper and better deals. So, if you fancy somewhere a bit warmer than Blighty over Christmas, or an early January escape, why not explore some of the mystery and wonder Egypt has to offer? Please Check Below For More Details:

On the Red Sea coast

Coasting Egypt - Discover Beyond Egypt's Pyramids, Cairo Tower, Tombs, Museums and the Red Sea

Home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the iconic Nile, Egypt is a country worth savouring. You can visit the busy souks of Cairo and be entranced by the sights and sounds of its streets. You can explore Luxor, visit the immense Pyramids of Giza, the towering sphinx and the Valley of the Kings. The famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, a Nile River cruise visiting treasured temples and underground tombs along the river bank or exploring and relaxing in the pristine coast of the Red Sea. You can glide through the water on a Nile cruise as you follow in the footsteps of the pharaohs. And you can relax and unwind at one of the beautiful beach resorts along the Red Sea or explore the fascinating underwater world. There's plenty to discover beyond Egypt's pyramids, tombs and the Red Sea. Your holiday in Egypt can be as diverse as the land itself.

Egyptians call their country "Um el donya", translated as "the mother of the world". Here lies an embarrassment of attractions and sites; yet beyond the pyramids and tombs, Cairo and Luxor, glitzy Sharm el-Sheikh and the Red Sea, there are still areas where tourists are only just beginning to discover.

One such spot is Egypt's other strip of coastline, along the Mediterranean, which shares its borders with Gaza in the east and Libya to the west.

Alexandria, 200km north-west of Cairo, is undoubtedly the jewel of the Egyptian Med. It's easy to see why, with its quaint colonial hotels and tea rooms such as Cafe de la Paix.

The shiny architectural gem that's New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a commemoration of the original Library of Alexandria, the biggest library in antiquity. This joint venture between the Egyptian government and Unesco holds the collection that was founded by Ptolemy I in about 300BC. In a few years' time, a US$140-million ($180-million) underwater museum that will include submerged artifacts of Queen Cleopatra's palace is due to open, too.

The famous city is well worth visiting, but then so is the 500km of coast between here and the Libyan border - nothing but turquoise water and sleepy Bedouin country. It was on these white shores that Alexander The Great dipped his toes in the pristine waters in 331BC, before making Egypt his own. And more than 80,000 soldiers lie beneath the coastline's chalky grounds, a legacy of World War II's 1,000km-long battlefield in the Western Desert.

Most travellers coming to this coast for the first time will choose Alexandria or Marsa as a base, especially now that there are easy airport connections and five-star hotels. But with a little imagination and sense of adventure, you can see a totally different side of the country, and discover the deserted beaches and Bedouin villages that urbane Egyptians say are like the Red Sea's Sharm el-Sheikh 50 years ago.

When the sun is down and its warm rays cease caressing your skin, when your soul keeps on singing: “Get a party started!” it’s time to hit the town and have some fun! Whether you are in the mood for a romantic meal for two, a cheerful round of drinks with your buddies or just clubbing the night away, we provide you with the most fascinating, top-rated and exciting places ever! Are you here for diving? We’ll introduce you to the most gorgeous places with their rich marine life, guide you to the most popular diving centers and give you the most useful diving tips you have ever wished for. Want to know more about the paradise you are in? Once you arrive in sunny Sinai, then here is a list of things that you might find useful while enjoying your vacation.

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Last Updated on Saturday 22nd January 2011