El Quseir, Egypt
The quiet resort of El Quseir has a lot to offer its visitors, a historical town with a unique architectural style and a 16th century restored fortress. Its position on the Red Sea makes it a popular choice with divers thanks to the impressive coral reefs, while the long stretches of sandy beaches and clear waters makes it the perfect choice for sunbathers too.
El Quseir has become a popular tourist destination with miles of sandy beach, crystal clear waters and many coral reefs make it an ideal choice for sunbathing, snorkelling and diving. The resort is easily accessible from either Hurghada Airport to the north and Marsa Alam Airport in the south.
An entry Visa is required for Egypt and costs approx 15 GBP per person.
Things to do
The main activity for visitors to this area of Egypt is for diving, its whole coastline offers excellent diving sites, with healthy coral reefs and a wide range of underwater wildlife such as dugongs and dolphins. Even the less experienced divers have the in-shore coral reefs to explore.
Other water activities are limited due to the strict environmental regulations put in place to protect the coral reefs, though a few areas along the coast offer kayaking, windsurfing and catamarans.
For an adventure on dry land, head out on a desert safari, either by camel, donkey, jeep or quad bike. Visit a Bedouin village and try Bedouin tea, ride the dunes on your quad bike or camel, explore the Valley of Baths (Wadi Hammamat) with its many hieroglyphic and hieratic rock inscriptions, or simply enjoy a breathtaking sunset from the top of a mountain.
Out and about
El Quseir is a small resort and dining out options are limited, while the seafront promenade has a selection of restaurants and bars most visitors dine out their respective hotels where many offer the All Inclusive package. Take the opportunity to spend some time in one of the local coffee shops (ahwas), and perhaps do as the natives and smoke a water pipe.
There are however many tourist friendly bazaars selling handicrafts and souvenirs including the usual array of papyrus, t-shirts, leather goods and alabaster statues. The weekly market takes place here on a Friday when the Ababda Bedouin and local farmers bring their wares.
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