When we talk about Egypt, the huge pyramids, mummies and ancient artifacts immediately come to mind, right? Well, the beaches of Egypt are there to show that, in addition to the cultural and architectural richness, the country is also a fabulous destination for resorts, diving and observation of marine life.
Egypt has even emerged as a beach destination thanks to the attractions offered by the Red and Mediterranean Seas. They are true magnets for lovers of the sun and sea, lovers of reefs and natural beauty. Best of all, many of the seaside towns are close to Luxor's temples and tombs, combining history and days at the beach.
So, here we have brought 12 of the best beaches in Egypt that will definitely help make your trip unforgettable!
One of the most famous beaches in Egypt, Naama bay it is located in the country's main beach resort area, Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Sinai Peninsula. The calm and blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, in addition to the views of the mountains of Saudi Arabia, attract European tourists who are fleeing the harsh winter.
The region is also rich in coral reefs, favoring diving activities in the Ras Mohammed National Park. The resort area is lively, with plenty of restaurants and cafes, and accommodation ranging from large resorts like the Movenpick Sharm El Sheikh to cozy hotels like the Oonas Dive Club.
The beach town of El Gouna, 27 kilometers north of Hurghada, is especially suited for a peaceful holiday with lots of sun, sea and sand. In addition, there are four main beach areas, including Mangroovy Beach, a wide stretch of sand and center for kitesurfing. Also, Zeytouna beach, with a 400m long pier that leads to the coral reefs.
Not to mention the plethora of activities in the region, such as stand up paddle, kayaking, horseback riding and quad biking in the desert, in addition to the 18-hole golf course. Still, most hotels are right on the sand, like the Sheraton Miramar Resort. Oh, and take the opportunity to visit Luxor's Valley of the Kings and the nearby Karnak Temple.
Yet another of Egypt's best beaches is Ras Um Sid, perfect for combining days in the sun with snorkeling. There, the already traditional diving activity is something you should do to appreciate the coral reefs and rare fish species. In addition, there are incredible golden sands on the edge of the cliff and Farsha Café, on top of the cliff, from where you have panoramic views.
By the way, this is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset. In fact, the area is a little quieter than other busier beaches in the region. Also, close to the old souk, there are many accommodations nearby that are very popular with families.
Now, if unlike the popular beaches and resort environment, you are looking for tranquility, come to the beaches that line the coast between Nuweiba and Taba, in the south of Sinai. Because the region still preserves the times when tourism had not reached its peak, maintaining simpler facilities.
To give you an idea, most of them consist of camps with a main restaurant, lounge with chairs and simple huts, made with palm leaves, a few steps from the waves. In addition, everything is so rustic that the bathrooms are shared and electricity is restricted to a few hours a day.
Therefore, the perfect place for those looking for a digital detox for a few days and completely disconnect from life.
One of Egypt's most exclusive beaches, Soma Bay has just five all-inclusive resorts focused on the luxury vacation experience. Still, it's good to know that the nearest city, Hurghada, is 61 kilometers away. Therefore, it is a destination for those who really want to enjoy what the resorts have to offer.
There is no shortage of options, from the organization of water sports, offering kitesurfing, stand up paddle, diving and snorkeling boat trips.
A paradise for divers and bathers, Marsa Alam, on the southern tip of the Red Sea coast, was hidden for years, overshadowed by the fame of Sharm el-Sheikh. However, the obscurity was short-lived and now the region has entered the list of the most popular beach destinations in Egypt.
In addition, Marsa Alam is a base for accessing the amazing colorful reefs of the region, relaxing days on the white sand strips and comfortable resorts.
The northernmost of the South Sinai resort towns, Taba is already on Egypt's border with Israel. Furthermore, the region has only one resort, aside from the Taba Heights complex, south of the city, overlooking the calm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. Even if beginners risk their first diving maneuvers, the area is even more intended for relaxing holidays.
The exception goes to Fjord Bay, about 15 km far from the city. The reason why the place is so special is the huge coral bed at the bottom of the fjord. They are even impressive 24 meters deep, with a huge diversity of fish and marine life. But the fjord itself is also enchanting for its deep blue cove protected by the mountain range.
The bay of Sahl Hasheesh, 30 kilometers south of Hurghada, is surely among the most beautiful beaches in Egypt! The soft white sand strip, dotted with palm trees and trails, is even the target of top quality luxury resorts. In addition, they offer various activities, such as diving, boat rides and horseback riding.
Still, it has the historic center with shops and restaurants. Finally, as the region is very close to Luxor, resorts often organize historical tours.
Most foreign tourists choose Alexandria as the best historical destination in the country, thanks to the variety of museums and catacombs. However, Egyptians do see it as home to the best beaches in Egypt. The city is full of bays and pockets of sand crowded with bathers, especially in the months of July and August.
The most sought-after piece is undoubtedly Mamoura Beach, on the east side of town, which has both a strip of public beach and a private beach. However, you have to pay a nominal fee to access the first one, while entrance to the private area is a little more expensive. But it is worth it, since it is a more organized space.
Have you ever thought about bathing on the beach where, supposedly, Cleopatra and Mark Antony also took a bath in the sea? Well, this possibility exists in a region that, not by chance, was named Praia da Cleopatra. The beach is in Marsa Matruh, a city that, although off the radar of foreign visitors, is crowded in summer.
Situated on the Mediterranean coast, the town itself is a bit scruffy, but its coastline has some great beaches. Among them, the aforementioned Cleopatra's Beach, at the tip of the peninsula. There, there is even a natural pool known as the Bath of Cleopatra.
Sahl Hasheesh Beach
One of the best known dive spots in the Red Sea, Sahl Hasheesh Beach, which forms part of the tourist center of Hurghada and stretches for 40 kilometers along the coast. In addition to being known for its corals and untouched beaches, it has been receiving hotels and villas that dot the beach on the edge of the Red Sea.
Still, Sahl Hasheesh Beach is perfect for water sports such as windsurfing and yachting, as well as diving and snorkeling. However, as temperatures easily exceed 40°C, the best thing is a very refreshing swim.
Finally, Sharm El Luli, one of the most beautiful beaches in Egypt, has landscapes in pastel tones and fine sand that gently approaches the pale blue of the ocean. Furthermore, the idyllic landscape is ideal for snorkeling and diving. Also, for those who want exclusivity, since there aren't even stores nearby. So better to bring your own food and drink.
The beaches in Egypt are really beautiful, right? Just wait until you see the beauty of Praia dos Carneiros.