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Holidays to Marsa Alam ooze style and offer a splendid array of activities – plus plenty of opportunities for doing absolutely nothing...
With its palm-fringed shores, soft sandy beaches, world-class dive sites and glitzy marina, this charming former fishing village is just waiting to take your breath away.
Marsa Alam can be found on the western coastline of the vast Red Sea, an area that scuba divers believe has some of the finest dive sites in the region. If you're not into diving, however, then you can look forward to restful days of snoozing on the beach, punctuated by delicious chilled drinks and warm dips in the heavenly waters.
And when you need a break from lazy days under blue skies, check out the hustle and bustle of the lively souk for some eye-opening local bargains, or you can get your adrenaline pumping with a 4x4 desert adventure. For a truly authentic Egyptian experience, you can even spend an evening under the canvas of a Bedouin tent as the sky fills with diamond-like stars. And if you like your entertainment on the more luxurious side, head to the swanky Port Ghalib Marina. Whatever you like to do while you are away, you simply cannot go wrong with Marsa Alam holidays.
That's not to say you can expect all-night partying, though. The recently opened airport has further encouraged the growth of this once tiny dot on the map, which now boasts a number of luxury all-inclusive hotels. But the popular holiday resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada with their European-style nightspots and bars are hundreds of miles and hours away. The real beauty of Marsa Alam is therefore its tranquillity and tradition.
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A Marsa Alam holiday is ideal for a peaceful sunshine break at any time of year...
Sun worshippers will be glad to note that hot weather and clear skies dominate the forecast year round in Marsa Alam. The average daytime temperature rarely drops below 24C even during the winter and soars to nearly 40C in the summer months of July and August. Rainfall is also rare on this part of the Red Sea coast, no matter what time of year you travel.
Marsa Alam doesn’t have a packed calendar of annual events but there’s just enough going on to give visitors a look at local life...
Sham el-Nessim; Easter Monday: This public holiday, on which the locals welcome the start of spring, is known across Egypt as “sniffing the breeze”. Beach parties and family meals take place around the country, and your hotel will probably honour the event with some activities of its own.
New Year's Eve; December: Spend the New Year in Marsa Alam to see an array of traditional costumes and dancing at the resort's hotels, many of which put on a fine party to welcome the coming year.
Weekly entertainment: There isn't much in the way of entertainment of an evening in the resort. However, your hotel will usually host weekly shows of song and dance.
Don’t miss out on a packed list of activities that are right on your doorstep when you holiday in Marsa Alam...
Active types: If you've had your fill of diving and snorkelling in Marsa Alam, consider staying above the waves and having a go at kite surfing, which is also hugely popular in the resort.
Grown-up families: Souks can be found around Marsa Alam and haggling over goods in these spicy, busy and intoxicating markets is an unforgettable experience.
Romance: The Bedouin villages that dot the surrounding desert are the perfect place to find some peace, see ancient traditions and watch shooting stars race across the jet-black night sky.