Marsa Alam

Twenty years ago Marsa Alam was a sleepy fishing village, but the region’s beautiful beaches and its’ virgin coral reefs are set to make it a prime holiday spot. Situated 200 kilometres south of Hurghada, Marsa Alam rapidly increased in popularity, and since the opening of its International Airport, the area became a favourite holiday destination on the Red Sea Riviera.
Marsa Alam has a truly tropical feeling, with its twisted mangroves and majestic palm trees. The long, sandy beaches are the entrance to magnificent coral reefs, many literally a step away.
Dive sites accessible from Marsa Alam number among the most attractive in the Red Sea for experienced divers. The preserved state of the coral reefs and presence of pelagic species are the principal draw factors. For less experienced divers, in-shore coral reefs offer the chance for hours of marine wildlife watching.
Nearby you can also explore Wadi Hammamet in Egypt’s Eastern Desert, an ancient emerald mining region. The valley with its dry riverbeds was used for millennia as a trade route from the coast to the Nile. The area was also famed for its quarries and gold mines. Scores of ancient ruins line the route: remains of watchtowers, forts, wells and mines from various periods show much evidence of ancient quarrying and mining activity. The wadi is perhaps best known however, for its hundreds of hieroglyphic and hieratic rock inscriptions which record the activities of expeditions sent by many kings to obtain the precious resources of bekhen-stone (a green sandstone). The stone was used for small-scale building projects, sarcophagi, statues and vessels during the Pharaonic Period. The fascinating pharaonic graffiti include the names of Pepi, Sesostris, Seti, Cambyses and Darius.
Look around you and see and feel the virgin nature everywhere. The panoramas over the crystal water of the Red Sea, the sandy beach under the clear blue sky and the view towards the backdrop of brown mountains that surrounds the place are beyond imagination. In these mountains the ancient Egyptians quarried for the gold and the rare minerals that were used to produce great art as the golden mask of king TutAnk Amon.
Mother nature blessed Equinox Beach Resort by being located into the main path of the African winds corridor, running from Suez all the way south as far as Djibouti, bringing a very crisp and dry warm wind, that cools you during the summer season and warms you up in the winter times.

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