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Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam (Egypt)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Four hours from Hourghada by bus
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Marsa Alam

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
114 written opinions

Marsa Alam is a small town located on the shores of the Red Sea.

My suggestion:
Go underwater diving, even if it's not something you're normally especially interested in.
My review

Though to me Marsa Alam is just a small, unremarkable town, it does have two advantages to offer: its proximity to the Eastern Desert, which is part of the Sahara and a good place to go camel trekking, and its coastline. I enjoyed the time I spent camel trekking in the desert and meeting some of the region's nomads, the Ababda. As you round a dune, you may initially be drawn to the presence of their traditional huts, scattered around in a group, by the sound of the tambourines they use in their ancient music.

Fans of active holidays will enjoy the sea trips you can go to explore the coastline (which still remains wild around this part of the Red Sea) and Maras Alam's diving spots, which offer some of the best underwater diving in Egypt according to the experts!

Marsa Alam has not yet been subject to excessive levels of urbanisation; and with its environment friendly 'ecolodges', the town is trying to develop a responsible form of tourism. In fact Marsa Alam actually has some pioneering establishments in this respect.

The coast at Marsa Alam
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