Red Sea Beach Highlights
Soak up a few rays on the top three destinations along Egypt's 'Red' Coast
Published 26 July 2012 in Featured Articles
The east coast of Egypt meets the Red Sea in a string of desert shores, magical coral reefs and red mountain ranges. Add to this the migratory birds which flock to the coast in their thousands and the abundant marine life beneath the waves and you begin to get a picture of this stunning natural region. When you've finished exploring the ancient wonders of this diverse country, soak up a few rays on the top three destinations along Egypt's 'Red' Coast. Holidays to Egypt don’t come better than this!
North-east of Luxor, the resort of Hurghada is home to a vibrant nightlife, excellent eating and drinking plus the balmy waters which make it both a great swimming and watersports beach. Try snorkelling around the dazzling underwater gardens, wind surfing along the surface or deep sea fishing out in the bays. Less pricey than Sharm-el-Sheikh across the water in Sinai, this resort has an exciting and unpretentious atmosphere which makes it a hit with the younger crowd.
El Gouna is a purpose-built resort which has a surprising amount of charm to it. The 'little Venice of the Red Sea' is founded on a series of interlinked islands and bridged lagoons to create a floating paradise which seduces many travellers to the country. More unusual pursuits here include kite-surfing and para-sailing but you can take your pick from nearly every water sport invented as well as outstanding golf facilities. The downtown area also has an eclectic mix of traditional bazaars and modern arcades, making this town and its beaches one of the more distinctive choices.
A quieter but no less pleasurable trip can be had around the shore of Soma Bay, further south. The sands here stretch around a peninsula accessible only by private road. This lends the area a more peaceful air and lets visitors get on with relaxing on the gorgeous beaches and luxury mineral spas. Consistent offshore winds make wind surfing a must and scuba-divers can take advantage of the relative peace and see the reefs close-up. Of course, an exclusive resort comes with its price tag but if you're looking to escape the masses, this may be the ideal location.
Whichever you choose, holidays to Egypt offer some of the best sunbathing, diving and boating in the world so it's no wonder their beaches receive millions of visitors each year. If you're picturing idyllic scenes of palms, white sand and turquoise ocean for your next break, the Red Sea coast will certainly appeal.
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