Marsa Alam is a port and resort existing on the Red Sea in the southeast of Egypt. It is away 700 kilometers away from Cairo and just 280 kilometers away from Hurghada.
This public resort is located 135 km south of Al-Qusseir and 270 km south of Hurghada and is linked "Edfu" by a 289 Km long desert road. Due to the closeness of Luxor city and the shrine of Abu AI-Hassan AI-Shazli and its fabulous beaches, it has become a large tourist destination.
Marsa Alam converted from being just a small fishing village to become a famous sea resort and a point for diving and sea journey. The shore contains a wonderful coral reefs and diving spots. Marsa Alam also has an airport located 60 kilometers north of the city and can serve more than 50,000 traveller, which added to the huge development that the city went through. Flights from different European countries, especially Italy, come straight to Marsa Alam international airport with hundreds of tourists who take place of Marsa Alam to spend their vacation. Unlike more commercial cities like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, the charm of Marsa Alam is still untouched with the harmful effects of modernization.
The Villages of Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam at most consists of two villages: Bernice, a small city existing178 kilometers north of Al Qausir, which is famous for curative tourism and the village of Abu El Hassan Al Shazly which has a famous Islamic center and doesn't really have anything for foreign travellers. But what about the middle of the city of Marsa Alam itself?
The plan for the city of Marsa Alam that by the year 2020, it will have 60,000 people and give more than of 17,000 jobs. The Egyptian government has given specific awareness to Marsa Alam during the last few years for many reasons. The first reason is that the city has the most marked diving and snorkeling spots in Egypt. The second reason is the weather in Marsa Alam, which is relax and moderate all year long especially in the beginning of the winter when you should exploring swim in the sea while other people in other cities stop swimming cause the cold weather. The third reason is that Marsa Alam exists near the Nile Valley and near Luxor city in particular which makes it possible for tourists who visit Marsa Alam to come to Luxor and vice versa.
Marsa Alam also has material economic importance as it hosts many of the key gold and marble mines in Egypt. Additionally, there is the Marsa Alam seaport that was extended extremely over the last few years.
Tourist Activities In Marsa Alam
The beach is the best place to should start your day in the morning. Most tourists choose spend the early morning at the beach after having a tasty breakfast. The beach has crystal pure water, shining sun, and marvelous white sand.
There is the Qamaraya Hotel, which will amaze you to view all the charming flower and tree gardens. This site is really paradise on earth. The gardens of the hotel are very colorful and wonderful. In the beach, a lot of tourists were enjoying the sea, swimming and snorkeling.
Other morning famous activities in Marsa Alam include playing all kinds of sports. Most of the resorts in Marsa Alam have football, tennis, volleyball, and table tennis. There are tennis guides that can teach proceeding and beginner players. A lot of travelers spend the afternoon playing volleyball game before going swimming later in the day.