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Egyptian beauty: The best beaches in Egypt

March 10, 2022

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Egypt features mesmerizing deserts, fascinating greenery, and absolutely gorgeous beaches. Due to its interesting location, Egypt has beaches on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, as well as river banks on the Nile and several beautiful lakes and oases. Let’s take a tour of the best beaches in Egypt.

Egyptian beaches for relaxing

If you appreciate relaxing on the beach (who doesn’t) you will love these Egyptian beaches, they combine amazing weather with beautiful scenery for a perfect vacation.

Marsa Matrouh

Marsa Matrouh - The best beaches in Egypt

Situated 290 kilometers away from Alexandria and 524 km away from Cairo, Matrouh is one of the most popular resorts along the Mediterranean in Egypt. The brilliant beaches of Marsa Mtrouh are protected by a stone formation that acts as a natural sea breaker, that is why they are as calm as they are beautiful. They also feature white sand and turquoise water in a rare color combination, which makes them the perfect relaxation destination.

The best beach in Marsa Matrouh: Ageeba

Ageeba lies forty kilometers away from the city but it is definitely worth the trip. No visit to Marsa Matrouh is ever complete without checking The beach famous as The pride of Marsa Matruh.

The Arabic word “Ageeba” means “the astonishing one” and with its extraordinary beautiful rock formations, the beach is aptly named.

Ageeba beach is naturally set between two high cliffs, with a million shades of turquoise, blue and green, the water there is unlike any other beach in the world. There is also a cafe with a panoramic view on top of the cliff if you do not want to swim, the weather in Marsa Matrouh is generally balmy and nice, but on this high cliff, it’s even more beautiful.

The North Coast

The North Coast

This stretch of beach between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh features marvelous beaches and brilliant weather, that is why it is one of the top summer destinations in Egypt.

The coast is home to a large number of resorts, it is also home to the New Alamein city, which is set to be the new tourist hub in the Mediterranean.

The best beach on the North Coast: Sidi Abd El-Rahman Bay

132 kilometers west of Alexandria and 30 km west of Al Alamein, Sidi Abd El-Rahman Bay is one of the most serene beaches in Egypt.

The area may be quiet, but that is perfect for relaxation, and many tourist hubs like Marrassi and Hacienda offer activities, facilities, and services so if you want to do more than relax you will not lack options.

The Best Beaches in Egypt for diving and snorkeling

Egypt is one of the top tourist destinations when it comes to diving and snorkeling, the biodiversity and the clarity of the water make it a dream come true for divers, as well as the warmth of the water most of the year.

Many cities along the coast feature beautiful diving sports, so here are our top choices.

Dahab

Dahab - The best beaches in Egypt

Dahab is an amazing destination, it features beautiful beaches combined with a vibe of serenity and a minimalist lifestyle. Visiting Dahab should be on top of the list when choosing a diving destination in Egypt.

The name of the city means gold in Arabic, and with its golden sandy beaches, the city truly is a gem in Egypt. It is located an hour away from Sharm El Sheikh, and it is considered an ideal destination because it combines the best of both worlds, if you are an adventurer Dahab is bursting with activity, and if you just want to recharge it provides a stress-free seaside atmosphere.

The best diving spot in Dahab: The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is a sinkhole that drops straight down to 130m. It is accessed from the shore. And while exploring the deeper depths is better left to experienced technical divers, there is still plenty to see and explore close to the surface.

Intermediate to advanced divers can explore the thriving marine life with a reasonable plunge into the hole from 7m to 27m. 

Hurghada

Hurghada

With its sandy beaches and sunny blue skies throughout the year, Hurghada is a prime tourist destination in Egypt. 

The city offers numerous recreational activities for its visitors, some of which are water activities that create the vacation of a lifetime. Water activities are among the top things to do in Hurghada.

Because of the warm water most of the year, the abundance of marine life, and the beautiful, not too harsh, sun, Hurghada is one of the best diving destinations in the world. 

The best diving destination in Hurghada: Straits of Gubal

Straits of Gubal is the narrow strip of water between the Red Sea Coast and the Western shore of the Sinai Peninsula. it is one of the most popular diving spots in Egypt.

It can be accessed from other cities, but it is easily accessed from Hurghada, and the sea trip to the spot is not to be missed.

The best beaches for a day trip from Cairo

Overlooking the banks of the Nile, the capital Cairo features no beaches. However, if you have a day off in the city, you can take a day trip to one of the nearby beautiful beaches and enjoy it.

Ain Sokhna

Ain Sokhna - The best beaches in Egypt

Just an hour’s drive from Cairo, Ain Sokhna is a year-round sunny destination on the Red Sea. This location, as well as the calm beaches, makes it a popular destination among both locals and tourists.

Many hotels in Sokhna offer day-use options, if the one you choose doesn’t you can even spend the night and leave for work the next morning, it’s merely an hour away from the office.

Activities are in abundance in the small tourist hub, Ain El Sokhna is considered a center for deep-sea fishing, as well as wind and kite surfing.

The best place to enjoy the day in Sokhna

As we mentioned above, most hotels in Ain Sokhna offer day-use options, but we highly recommend that you go for a cruise when in Sokhna.

This way you get to enjoy the day to the max, swimming, fishing, and relaxing.

You can easily book a boat trip to Sokhna in Advance and have a truly enjoyable weekend.

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