Relax, heal, & unwind on the quiet shores of this ancient marine port
Located 53 km south of the bustling hub of Hurghada, the quiet seaside town of Safaga is known for its undisturbed beachfront and excellent dive sites. It’s an excellent place to unplug and bury your feet—or your entire body—in the white quartz sand, which is believed to have healing properties.
What You Need to See
Safaga is primarily known as a beach destination, but the original port town was founded during the Ptolemaic Period as a crucial link to the greater Middle East and Central Asia. A handful of lesser-known historical sites, accessible by car, camel, or quad bike, make for an enjoyable afternoon adventure. Safaga can also be an excellent launch point for exploring the interior of Upper Egypt. Most hotels are happy to assist guests in booking desert safaris and day trips to Luxor—yes, it’s that close!
Thanks to its precise altitude, sunlight exposure, and weather, Safaga is widely regarded as a prime location for treating a variety of ailments. The mineral composition of its sands is thought to have healing properties. For hundreds of years, people have taken sand and sea baths at Safaga to soothe conditions that include rheumatism and psoriasis. Many of the resorts and guesthouses in town have also developed to offer a variety of modern spa and treatments. Guests can also appreciate the exquisite sands simply by settling into a beach chair with a good book.
While Safaga may be one of Egypt’s lesser-known beach destinations, it is highly popular among divers and water sports enthusiasts. The area caters mostly to experienced athletes and offers customized excursions with some of the best winds on the Red Sea. Visitors who prefer to spend their time underwater can check out 20 unique diving sites featuring diverse marine life from corals to barracudas and reef sharks. Rent your equipment and book a personalized diving safari, all organized by one of the area’s highly professional diving schools. Snorkelers and beginners can enjoy the thriving sea life at several well-protected house reefs.
Abu Kefan, or “Father of the Abyss”, is a perfect dive site for spotting a variety of shark species, colorful coral reef, and other marine life.
Tobia Island offers excellent winds for kitesurfing and quiet beaches for relaxing.
Panorama Reef, regarded as one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, great for both snorkelers and experienced divers.
El Quseir Fort constructed in Safaga by the Ottoman Turks in 1571 and later occupied by Napoleon’s troops.
A day-trip to Luxor; you can leave the beach and find yourself in the middle of Karnak temple in just 3 hours by car or bus.