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Marsa Alam is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts on the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt, thanks to the construction of an International Airport in 2001.

This has established Marsa Alam as an upcoming and exclusive holiday resort.

The old small fishing village is still known for it's remote tranquillity, and is a popular destination with sun worshippers as well as wind surfers and divers.

Marsa Alam is set to rival the already popular Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Situated in eastern Egypt, the appeal of Marsa Alam lies in its tropical appearance, boasting a rich blue sea coast that is fringed with coral reef barriers, and amazing beaches.

Marsa Alam is best known for its stunning corals and reefs, home to some of the bluest seas in Egypt. Just one is the water reservation of Wadi Gemal, a stunning place to catch sight of views ahead whilst looking across from its crystal clear waters, being described as 'paradise on earth.'

It's also a great place to go snorkelling too, as well as the Elhinstone Reef where diving has proven to be popular as well.

Turtle beaches such as Marsa Mubaral have been favourited too, where you can get up and close to turtles along the coast.

You could even visit one of its sea life centres or dolphin sanctuaries or visit the Gebel El Rosas Beach for another great day out.

Yet to be taken over by international fast food chains, Marsa Alam offers a good choice of traditional restaurants. Many tourists will choose to eat in their hotels, all of which offer a great range of different Egyptian dishes for the sampling.

Ten year British passport is required with 6 months validity from the date of return. Visa can be paid on arrival in sterling.

Location of Marsa Alam

Key Facts

  • Language: Arabic
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 5-6 hours
  • When to go: Oct - April