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Previously a small fishing village, Marsa Alam is now one of the fastest growing holiday resorts on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera. It is located on the west coast of the Red Sea in eastern Egypt. There is an abundance of sunshine, with 11 hours a day during the summer, temperatures reaching the mid 30s in July and August and a cooling coastal breeze. A holiday to Marsa Alam is the ideal winter holiday too, with temperatures still hitting a warming 20C, and the sun shining on average for 345 days a year. You can take a dip in the Red Sea all year round, as the water temperature ranges from 22-29C throughout the year.
Marsa Alam is a quiet, tranquil resort, away from the hustle and bustle of busier towns, so the perfect place to unwind in. It is just over half an hour away from Marsa Alam International airport.
Marsa Alam offers a great range of things to do, whether you fancy a relaxing break, or a bit of adrenaline. The area is renowned for its fantastic diving facilities and the top dive sites to explore include Elphinstone, Shaab Samadai and Fury Shoal. There is plenty of wildlife to discover, including turtles, dolphins, reef fish and beautiful coral gardens.
The beaches in Marsa Alam are second to none, with secluded areas, blue waters and swaying palm trees, it’s a vision of paradise, and where you’ll want to spend most of your holiday. Away from the beach though, you could head over to the port of El Quseir and see the ruins, church and port, and learn about the area’s fascinating history. This is also a great place to do some shopping, with a bustling market selling jewellery, carpets, leather and more.
Marsa Alam has a great range of international and local cuisine on offer, influenced by Turkish, Greek, French and Lebanese food. Be sure to sample the local delicacies whilst on holiday in Marsa Alam, including schawarma – sliced meat with tahini, served in pitta bread, or kofta – a spicy round meat patty. Traditional Egyptian cuisine uses many herbs, spices and fresh vegetables.
The nightlife in Marsa Alam is fairly quiet, reflecting the relaxed nature of the resort. Often hotels will provide entertainment in the evening, including a traditional Egyptian evening.
A holiday to Marsa Alam offers the perfect combination of sun, sea and relaxation. Book your trip with lastminute.com and get some great deals on your flights and accommodation, and start planning those lazy days now!
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