Marsa Alam was once, not so very long ago, a small fishing village on the shores of the Red Sea. As Egypt gained popularity as a holiday destination, developers saw the potential of its long swathes of soft sand and its warm crystal clear waters. They realised that it was the perfect spot for those seeking sunshine by the sea. As numbers increased, an international airport was built and since then Marsa Alam, with its long expanse of silken sands, has become very popular indeed. Marsa Alam has a hot desert climate which gives average summer temperatures in the mid-thirties and mid to high twenties during the winter months. Unless you enjoy searing heat, you'll find the winter months are more comfortable making it the ideal destination for those seeking respite from the long, dark and dreary days of home. Cheap Marsa Alam holidays have wide appeal. They suit those whose primary aim is to relax by the sea or the poolside equally well as those who enjoy water sports. The hotels cater well for families as they offer many supervised as well as unsupervised children's activities.
Marsa Alam's claim to fame is its beaches which some say are the best in Egypt. Abu Dabab beach is the most well-known but even so, it is never over crowded. If you want a solitary spot, just head south to Wadi Gemal National Park where you can make believe you are on a desert island. The waters of the Red Sea with its fertile coral reef are a great attraction for divers. There are dive schools for novices. The diversity of marine life is remarkable and you are almost always sure of seeing turtles. Apart from diving and snorkelling, a range of water sports are available including sailing and kite surfing. Away from the beach you can take a desert safari. With a quad bike excursion you will cover a greater area but go on camel back for a more authentic experience. You can visit the emerald mine of Cleopatra only thirty miles south of Marsa Alam or take a trip to the fascinating remains at Luxor. At just under one hundred and fifty miles, it can be done in a day. Since it will be an early start and late finish you can enjoy the magnificent sun rise over the sea and sun sets over the desert.
The comparatively recent development of the resort has resulted in luxurious accommodation and superb amenities. The beautifully landscaped gardens and the imaginative pool complexes add to their charm. Service is excellent where it seems your every wish is granted. The all-inclusive board option offers excellent value especially for those with children. Restaurants cater for all as they serve a wide variety of international food. Remember to drink only bottled water and make sure the seal is intact. Marsa Alam is as relaxed by night as it is by day with hotels providing most of the evening entertainment.
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