As the year comes to a close, some people prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve with revelrous fiestas while others prefer ushering it in with jubilant yet relaxing celebrations. Fortunately, Egypt boasts a variety of locations that offer tranquil escapes to those who wish to ease into the new year.
Whether it’s marveling at Ras Abu Galum’s celestial heavens during a night of star-gazing or finding meditative refuge at Fayyum’s undulating sand dunes, here are five unique destinations for a relaxed New Year’s celebration.
Far out into the Western Desert, the Siwa Oasis is Egypt’s land of beauty and tranquility. There are a number of activities to do while visiting Siwa, such as visiting the Shali Fortress, the Mountain of the Dead, Cleopatra’s bath, swimming in the hot springs, or going on safari rides to see the beauty of the western desert.
Ras Abu Galum
Located in Sinai, Ras Abu Galum, named a protected area in 1992 because of its mangroves and coral reefs, has unrivaled natural sights. The reserve hosts calm waters and an unparalleled star-gazing experience — a disconnect from city life. Ras Abu Galum boasts several spots for exploration, most notably the Blue Lagoon — a natural pond of clear turquoise water, separated from the Gulf of Aqaba by a thin stretch of rock and sand.
Situated in Northern Nuweiba, Ras Shitan — historically known as ‘Ras El Shateen’ (cape of the two beaches) — is known for its abundant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and diving hotspots. Ras Shitan also houses several beach camps dotted with bamboo huts and wooden bungalows that accentuate the simplicity of the area.
In the eastern coastal town of Marsa Alam, the water is turquoise and the atmosphere is serene. From diving sites to mesmerizing scenery, Marsa Alam is the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of Cairo on New Year’s Eve.