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.
COAST OF SOUTHERN SINAI
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.
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.
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.
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).
OF ST ANTHONY
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.
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.
Located deep in the Eastern Desert, between Safaga and
the Nile, this amazing Roman settlement was the largest
of its kind in Egypt.
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.