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Introducing holidays to Marsa Alam

Long stretches of white golden sand overlook the world-renowned Red Sea, the calming crystal clear waters hosting numerous water sport and diving opportunities for you to get involved with during your Marsa Alam holidays. Once a small fishing village, Marsa Alam was for a long time overlooked by tourists, but from coastal development has come a range of luxurious all inclusive hotels and resorts which look out onto the palm tree-strewn beaches you will undoubtedly come to love. Egypt is known for its quirky escapes and eclectic selection of activities, from camel riding in the Eastern Desert to diving into the depths of Elphinstone Reef which have captivated tourists for years. Whether you’re looking to find a relaxing respite away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life or would prefer a more active break – holidays to Marsa Alam are for you.

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Top hotels in Marsa Alam

Marina Lodge Port Ghalib Ex Coral Beach Marina Loadge
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Marina Lodge Port Ghalib Ex Coral Beach Marina Loadge
Marina Lodge Port Ghalib Ex Coral Beach Marina Loadge

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £305pp
Resta Reef Resort Marsa Alam
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Resta Reef Resort Marsa Alam
Resta Reef Resort Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £354pp
Three Corners Sea Beach Resort
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Three Corners Sea Beach Resort
Three Corners Sea Beach Resort

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £340pp
Magic Tulip Beach Resort And Spa
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Magic Tulip Beach Resort And Spa
Magic Tulip Beach Resort And Spa

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £436pp
Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza
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Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza
Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £433pp
Brayka Bay
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Brayka Bay
Brayka Bay

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £446pp
Gorgonia Beach Resort
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Gorgonia Beach Resort
Gorgonia Beach Resort

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £463pp
Moon Resort Marsa Alam
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Moon Resort Marsa Alam
Moon Resort Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £273pp

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  • Language: English
  • Time Zone: GMT +2
  • Average flight time: 5h 30m

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Top Attractions

Marsa Alam is the ideal place for divers, you’ll find a number of different operators and scuba-schools offering training for both outright beginners and rusty experts, but with dedicated diving spots there’s plenty of opportunity to plunge straight into the action. If you’re not quite into the diving scene or travelling on a budget, it’s always easier to buy a snorkel and stick to the shallower corals, while sunbeds and more secluded sunbathing spots are plentiful should you just wish to unwind and relax amid the Egyptian warmth. If it is culture you’re seeking during your Marsa Alam holidays, be sure to head away from the Red Sea towards the mountains for tours of ancient emerald and gold mines, it won’t be hard to see where Egypt’s luxurious traditions have come from after perusing these hidden gems. Elsewhere you can immerse yourself among ancient temples and tombs, most notably the Temple of Seti I in Marsa Alam and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, whereas numerous tours are provided if you’d like to see the likes of the Luxor Temple, the prestigious Karnak as well as the Mummification Museum all in one go. Exploring Egypt is on many tourist’s to-do list and with so many temples, tombs and sphinxes it’s easy to get distracted from the true natural beauty that engulfs much of the country. Holidays in Marsa Alam wouldn’t be complete without riding camels through the Eastern Desert, and while you do get to find forgotten pyramids jutting out from the sandy horizon, you don’t really get a sense of the vastness of these golden landscapes until you traverse the sand dunes. The River Nile is also a must when it comes to picturesque scenery and stunning natural appeal, Aswan in particular gives you great views of the river, supplying peaceful cruises along the calming waters, while Sharm el Sheikh will introduce you to even more plentiful diving spots.

Once a traditional fishing village, Marsa Alam is one of the newest resorts on the stunning Red Sea Riviera. Shimmering beaches, impressive coastlines and unspoilt reefs inhabit this beautiful resort, situated in the south of Egypt. With its abundant sunshine and tranquil setting, this is the ideal location for holidaymakers looking for a quiet break away, whenever the time of year. Whether you fancy a dip in the Red Sea or a cocktail by the beach, there is a wealth of opportunities when looking for things to do in Marsa Alam.
 

Wine and Dine

Marsa Alam boasts a great range of international and local cuisine, taking influence from Turkish, Greek, French and Lebanese food. Rich and flavoursome, there is a variety of dishes for you to try. Shawarma, a dish comprising of sliced meat with tahini and kofta, spicy round meat patties are both local delicacies. For delicious freshly-caught seafood, visit Fish Market in the marina. Contrary to its name, it is actually a quality seafood restaurant with daily specials depending on what has been caught that day. Be sure to check out some of their local specialities – including calamari accompanied with tasty Arabic flatbread.


Action and Adventure

There are some great Marsa Alam attractions for the adventure-seeking traveller. Off the coast of the resort are some of Egypt’s most unspoilt reefs, home to stunning marine life, including giant turtles and reef sharks – perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. A must-see for all divers is the Samadai Reef. Nicknamed the Dolphin House, this spot is a notoriously popular place to spot wild spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. If you don’t fancy shimmying into a wetsuit, head out on a quad-bike tour to discover Marsa Alam’s vast landscape. Journey the dusty paths that meander through the desert and mountains, before taking a break at a Bedouin village for a cup of traditional hibiscus tea.


For Families

Whether you’re looking for safe beachside relaxation for the little ones or fun-fuelled day trips for the entire family, there are plenty of things to do in Marsa Alam. Catch a glimpse of some of the Red Sea’s hidden treasures with a relaxing boat ride to the tropical islands of Hamata. Unspoilt by tourists, these small islands are a haven for wildlife. As the boat drops anchor, enjoy a cooling swim in the crystal clear waters before heading back to the deck for lunch – a great way to top up your tan while the children are fascinated with what can be found under the sea. If you’d rather experience Egypt’s white sands, pay a visit to Honokrab Beach in Wadi El Gamal National Park, a short drive from Marsa Alam. Boasting ultramarine waters and secluded open spaces, this is an ideal location to experience paradisiacal bliss.


Culture

If you’re looking to discover more about the Egypt portrayed in history books, there are some great Marsa Alam attractions for you to explore. A short journey from the resort takes you to Cleopatra’s Mine. Heralded as one of the oldest emerald mines in the world, it marks the place that Egyptian pharaohs used to dig for precious gems thousands of years ago. Delve deeper into the history books with a visit to nearby Luxor. Here, you’ll be treated to the famous sights of the Valley of the Kings – a collection of over 63 magnificent royal tombs from ancient Egypt. Despite the long hot climb to enter this site, you’ll be able to experience some notorious landmarks, including the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Eid-al-Fitr marks the first day of the Islamic New Year and is celebrated all over the world. On this day, Marsa Alam celebrates with a spectacular firework show as well as live music, colourful processions and plenty of local food on offer. For a unique party with a difference, join the locals for a Marsa Alam beach party. Held on a regular basis, these beach parties are great for meeting people as well as experiencing a beautiful sunset while on Egypt’s white sands.