Marsa Alam - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Marsa Alam

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Marsa Alam is a red sea resort located in Egypt. Arabic is the main language spoken here, however in more touristic areas English is also understood. The red sea is a very popular diving destination due to the vast range of tropical fish. For sun seekers, you can travel here all year round as temperatures don’t usually drop below 25 degrees in the daytime even in winter. The currency is the Egyptian pound.

Country and People

Country and People

History

There are various historical sights in Marsa Alam which you can arrange excursions to via a tour operator. These include El Quseir fort, Wadi Hammamat and various other sights.

Traditions and Culture

Due to Egypt being an Islamic country you should cover up a bit more when you leave your hotel complex (especially women), however whilst you are on the hotel complex or on the beach there is no problem being in your bathing suit.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

The nearest airport is the Marsa Alam airport, and from here you can usually get a transfer bus to your hotel or a taxi. Flights to Marsa Alam are from all major European cities.

Transportation

When you want to get around in Marsa Alam, you can either walk or go by taxi. Taxis can be variable in price, so sometimes you can negotiate with taxi drivers.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

You can access most Egyptian sights via hotel excursions, even the pyramids despite the location of Marsa Alam. It is advised to always book these with reputable tour companies due to some of the political stability issues currently in Egypt. For some sights, these may be in zones which are currently advised not to visit, it's best to check on the UK government website for this. Some other famous Egyptian sights are St. Catherines monastery and Luxor.

Food

As it is an Islamic country, there is no pork dishes available anywhere in Marsa Alam. Hotels serve a mixture of food, including even some English dishes, however you can also sample some traditional Egyptian food at some restaurants. Kofta kebabs, Moussakas and Baba Ghannoug are but a few examples of Egyptian food.