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Red Sea General Information

The Red Sea Riviera is divided into two areas. The first is a stretch of land overlooking the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea from Ain Sukhna in the north to Marsa Alam in the south. The second region is made up of Southern Sinai, from Taba in the north to Ras Mohamed in the south.

This attractive peninsula has a magic quality and is noted as a land of history and sanctity. It is located east of the Suez Canal and borders the Red Sea, between the gulfs of Aqaba and Suez.

Sinai Peninsula

It also offers a unique opportunity to experience the colourful and hospitable Bedouin culture and visit a number of spectacular National Parks. For the adventurous, there are diverse activities from desert safaris to mountaineering and the chance to go off-the-beaten-track to visit a number of key historical sites.

               THE RED SEA COAST
The Red Sea is one of the northernmost coral seas, offering an ideal recreational area to Europeans in particular because of the short flying distance.

Red Sea Riviera

The monastery houses a fine collection of manuscripts, altars and wall paintings, and is located 90 km south of Ain Sukhna, in the cliffs of Gebel Al Galala Al Qibliya. The monastery has two guesthouses and visitors can spend the night there prearrangements are recommended).

Eighty-five kilometers away, at the foot of Gebel Al Galala Al Qibliya, stands the Monastery of St Anthony. The Saint is said to have lived to 105 and inhabited a nearby cave.

Monastery of St Anthony

                 MONS PORPHYRITIS
This was once an important mine during Roman times because of its porphyry, a beautiful purple and crystal gemstone not found anywhere else. It was used mainly in decorative work and became a symbol of royalty. There are remains at the site of buildings that used to comprise a complex of temples, shrines and fortresses.

                MONS CLAUDIANUS
Located deep in the Eastern Desert, between Safaga and the Nile, this amazing Roman settlement was the largest of its kind in Egypt.

                  WADI HAMMAMAT

This quarry settlement – situated south east of El Quseir in the Eastern Desert – was once renowned for producing bekheny, a green, semi-precious rock used for decoration. A variety of inscriptions can be found there dating from Pharaonic times to the last century, including unusual graffiti.

This ancient port lies just a few km north of El Qseir, and was once a thriving haven for trading ships departing to India. Remains of the old port can still be seen today.

Red Sea Riviera

Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, the Egyptian Riviera in Sinai offers a variety of tourist attractions from a dramatic mountain backdrop to stretches of golden beaches on Lazarus Waters. It is a paradise, not only for divers and sun worshipers, but for anyone looking for beautiful weather all year around, state-of-the-art tourist facilities, white sandy beaches and the most amazing and unmatched underwater scenery in the world, with 250 different corals and 1,000 species of fish as well as some world-famous wrecks.

St.Catherine's Monastery

In winter, as in summer, visitors can take part in diverse watersports, as well as enjoying excursions to classical monuments on the Nile or to the mysterious Eastern Desert.

             Monastery of St.Paul
St Paul’s is considered (together with St Anthony’s) one of the oldest Christian monasteries.The Saint, a hermit, lived for 85 years in a nearby cave, where a church now stands to commemorate his life.

Coral Reef Life

Today, the monastery – which dates back to the 4th century AD – is said to be the largest Coptic monastery in Egypt. The monastery is home to some 70 monks and it is open to visitors. It has several churches, chapels, a vegetable garden, a spring, and a small museum that houses its fine collection of manuscripts and crosses. It also has splendid wall paintings in the Church of St Anthony’s, which contains the saint’s tomb. Travellers can stay for the night at the monastery’s guesthouse (prearrangements are recommended).

Red Sea

Part quarry, part prison, Roman prisoners were brought there to extract its top-quality grey granite used for buildings such as the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Villa. Among its attractive ruins area fortress, a small temple, cells, baths and a gigantic cracked pillar. Excursions can be organised from Hurghada, Safaga and El Quseir.

                  BIR UMM FAWAKHIR
Once a Byzantine gold quarry Bir Umm Fawakhir was the home of Coptic Christians and the township consisted of about 200 buildings. Excursions can be arranged from Safaga and EL Quseir.

Camels in Sinai


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