Majestic Marsa Alam Holidays
In view of continued unrest and the evolving political situation in Egypt, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate (including Hurghada). Please check the DFA website for more information.
Beautiful white sands and the sparkling blue of the Red sea, Marsa Alam holidays will offer both relaxation on the beach and action and adventure in the water, with sunbeds and water sports opportunities allowing you to make the most of your time on the Egyptian coast.
While the resort’s heritage lies in the shadow of an old fishing village, the coastal development in this region of Egypt has ensured superb infrastructure for holidaying tourists looking to make the most of the stunning Red Sea coastline. While the palm tree-lined beaches of the area are likely to fill a large portion of your trip itinerary, you’ll find plenty more activities and adventures to enjoy during your holidays to Marsa Alam away from the coast. Whether it is camel riding in nearby desert or engaging with the friendly locals, you’ll be captivated throughout your time in and around the resort.
Things to do in Marsa Alam
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. Schawarma, 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.
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.
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.
Festivals and Parties
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.
Egypian Beach Escape
Water sports comprise a large portion of the adventure scene around Marsa Alam, and for those hoping to dive to the depths of the Red Sea, you’ll find ample opportunity to do so when based in the resort. Countless operators and schools provide training and tours to beginners and experienced divers, allowing you to explore beautiful reefs where you can spot tropical fish and even sea turtles if you’re lucky. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed in the waters off of Marsa Alam if you’re not keen on going too deep, you can also don a mask and snorkel in the nearby resort of El Queseir if the waters are busy in Marsa Alam.
You may also be tempted to enjoy a spot of culture during your Marsa Alam holidays, with nearby mountains boasting ancient emerald and gold mines ready to be explored. You can also take a daytrip to Luxor where you can explore ancient temples and tombs, most notably at the incredible Valley of the Kings.