7 Surreal Beach Getaways in Egypt

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Article co-authored by Farida M. Ezzat and Mohamed Khairat.

For many, Egypt’s main attractions are its ancient monuments, which have stood tall for thousands of years. Yet, despite the mystical beauty of the Pyramids or ancient tombs in Luxor, beauty can also be found along Egypt’s coasts. Egypt has some of the most beautiful resort destinations in the world. With mountainous shores, magical marine ecosystems and calm soothing waters, Egypt has a place for every traveler.

1. Gouna

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Just hours away from Cairo’s hustle and bustle lays the sunny Red Sea resort of El-Gouna. Whether you spend your time at one of the resort’s five star hotels or rent a small apartment overlooking the lively marina, El-Gouna is as close to paradise as you can get to in Egypt.

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From canoeing and snorkeling in the peaceful and turquoise waters to simply soaking up the sun on one of the many beaches and dancing your night away after a fresh meal at the marina, El-Gouna provides visitors with an experience of timelessness, peace and comfort.

2. Taba

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With picturesque scenery and year-round perfect weather conditions, Taba is one of the most alluring getaways on the Sinai Peninsula. Located on Egypt’s border with Israel, Taba’s lavish resorts allow visitors to enjoy breath-taking natural scenery that extends from bronze coloured mountains to the vibrant colours of the Red Sea.

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Riding camels in the golden desert, enjoying hot tea with Bedouins under astronomic wonders, and enjoying delicious food accompanied by dazzling views are just some of the few features offered at Taba.

3. Marsa Allam

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Photo: Gigi Ibrahim\Flickr

Located along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, Marsa Allam has become known as the primary destination for diving enthusiasts visiting Egypt.

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Photo: Gigi Ibrahim\Flickr

Nestled between the sea and mountains, Marsa Allam’s dive sites are alive, filled with rainbow-colored corals and a variety of underwater wildlife. For the less experienced divers, visitors can bask in the golden sun and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Activities, including glass-bottom boats and snorkeling also allow travelers to enjoy the wildlife.

Unlike other Red Sea resort cities, Marsa Allam also provides equally stunning land adventures. From visiting ancient gold and emerald mines to exploring the National Parks of Gebel Elba and Wadi al Gimal and their variety of exotic birds and desert animals, travelers are sure to experience a combination of relaxation and adventure.

4. Ras Shitan

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Photo: apricotdaze\Flickr

Ras Shitan, a popular diving destination in Egypt, is the perfect escape for anyone wanting to find peace, quiet and relaxation along the breath-taking waters of the Red Sea.

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Neighboring dahab and located in Northern Nuweiba, Ras Shitan is known for its famous beach camps with simplistic bamboo huts and wooden bungalows. It’s simplistic and natural atmosphere emphasizes the beauty of Shitan’s nature from underwater mountains and caves to its incredibly rich marine ecosystems.

This is not only every diver’s dream place but also a dream place for anyone looking forward to escaping the urban life and wanting to get lost in the Red Sea’s undeniable beauty.

5. Sahl Hasheesh

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With its crystal clear waters and mountainous beauty, Sahl Hasheesh is booming as a modern resort town with a luxurious resort community.

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This wondrous paradise has 12 km of sandy beach front filled with beach huts and relaxing sun loungers.

As you move back to your resort and away from the calm serene waters, you’ll be greeted with the relaxing hands of a team of spa professionals.

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Explore Sahl Hasheesh’s evergreen beauty as you take a stroll down the town’s neighborhood alleys. As soon as you settle down in one of Hasheesh’s exquisite restaurants, waiters will gather around waiting to tend to your every gastronomical desire.

6. Marsa Matrouh

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The Mediterranean Sea’s jewel, Marsa Matrouh is secluded in a beach bay and protected from strong waves by a maze of rocks that act out as a natural barrier. It’s calm, tranquil and shimmering waters are unique amongst the Mediterranean Sea’s rough and powerful waves.

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Marsa Matrouh is a little piece of heaven located in Matrouh Governorate. It’s astounding and breathtaking seashore landscapes are described as one of the best in the world. Some believe that Cleopatra herself used to bathe in Matrouh’s awe-inspiring waters.

7. Ain Al Sokhna

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Stuck in Cairo with and want a last-minute, pristine getaway where dolphins can be seen playing in the sea? Less than two hours away from the concrete jungle is Ain Sokhna.

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Ideal for short beach getaways, Ain Sokhna allows travelers to combine a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza with a relaxing, cool sunset on the white beach. Apart from forgetting all about your day and dozing off on the beach, travelers can enjoy a serene dinner at one of the many private hotels and resorts and explore water sports ranging from riding jet-skis to wind surfing and kayaking.

A young passionate writer hoping to become an established journalist, entrepreneur and a women's rights activist. Farida hopes that by achieving her dreams she can pave the way for other women to do the same. http://faridaezzat.wordpress.com/

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  • Hassan Abo Ali

    good article well done

  • Annette Barrow

    The list is great but many other more top beach destinations of Egypt are missing that I feel should most certainly be featured.I agree with Jenny Adel that El Gouna does not even come close to number ONE of the most beautiful beach resort destinations in Egypt let alone the world. I recently returned from El Gouna having spent over 1 month there on vacation and I would not say it was an exclusive and luxury resort comparing it to other Red Sea destinations I have visited and lived in around Egypt and luxury destinations around the world. The lagoons are beautiful but they are manmade and the Marina is magnificent but not everyone wants to stay close to a busy Marina filled with tourists that becomes noisy at night time with all the bars, nightclubs and restaurants which in my view does not make it a tranquil and relaxing paradise place to holiday. Other than the beauty of the Marina and Lagoons that have no tropical fish in them El Gouna is a baron of desert with no tropical feel and has little or no green landscaping, virtually none of the beautiful vibrant coloured shrubs and flowers that tourists will find in other resorts of the Red Sea and much fewer Palm Trees. I find it hard to see how El Gouna can be rated a number 1 beach destination as it lacks the spectacular natural beauty that most of the other Red Sea destinations of Egypt have to name just a few, such as; Sharm El Sheikh, Nabq, Dahab and Nuweiba, Ras Muhammad,and Saint Katherine.

    The ancient monuments of Egypt and cities of Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan will
    always be the main tourist attractions and fascination of Egypt and no beach resort
    will ever come close to all of the following historical places and the mystical historical beauty of the Pyramids, The Seven Wonders of The World. The bustling capital city of Cairo with its suburbs flanked over the cool tranquil waters of the Nile, boasting some of the finest 19th century architecture and predated by Old Cairo’s Roman and early Christian history and the Egyptian Museum. The affluent area of Zamalek with it well to do residential and diplomatic district of quiet orderly streets filled with treasure troves of splendid villas, mansion blocks from Gothic to Baroque to Arts and Crafts and the exquisite Greater Cairo Library. The ancient tombs and
    temples of Luxor, the ancient tombs, temples and vibrant culture of the Nubian
    villages and life, the vibrant colourful oasis of the Botanical Gardens of Kitchener Island and Abu Simbel of Aswan but most of all the magnificent majestic tranquil River Nile that flows from Cairo to Upper Egypt. Some destinations on this list are not ones of such magnificent natural beauty. There are many more spectacular destinations around Egypt that have not been featured on this list that have not be distorted and are full of unspoilt natural beauty, majestic mountains, pristine beaches surrounded by the magical waters of the Red Sea filled with rainbow coloured tropical fish and coral reefs.

    I am so surprised that the top destinations of the South Sinai Peninsula of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab,the ecological and sustainable resort of Nuweiba and the natural protectorate of the Nabq resort have not been featured on the list as all of these destinations gives tourists an unique opportunity to experience Mother Nature at is bests and will leave them breathless. It would be great if the top beach getaways of the South Sinai can be featured in a separate editorial.

  • Sherif Khalifa

    the last picture is not in sokhna it is taken off giftun

  • Genny Adel

    This is list great… Though I think Gouna is not even close to number one. It is literally artificial. The lagoons are manmade. Egypt is naturally so beautiful without distorting it…. Check out this trip that celebrates Egypt’s natural beauty. https://www.facebook.com/events/259856057537303/