Marsa Alam Hotels: what to see, excursions to the desert
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Guide Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam, with its 50 miles of sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs, is the ideal place on the Red Sea for hiking, diving and other water sports. Protected bays, resorts and Bedouin camps are situated between the airport and the ancient village from which the town takes its name. In El Nabaa Bay there are excellent conditions for kite and windsurfing.
The Arabic name Marsa Alam means bay of flags, resulting from the traditional habit of the people to raise flags on the yards, to allow boaters to easily find the way back home. Geographically Marsa Alam is located about 270 km south than Hurghada and 132 km from Quseir.
Marsa Alam is located at the crossroads of the ancient road from Edfu Nile and the coastal road traced along the coasts of the Red Sea.
Along this road, probably built in the period of Greek domination and going from Edfu in Marsa Alam, there are many historical places, including Wadi Baramya, famous ancient Egypt for gold mining, Wadi Miya, home of a temple built by Seti I.
The area is rich in vegetation, especially palm trees and mangroves, while the sea is very rich in fish, thanks to the presence of the reef which is very popular, especially among diving enthusiasts, for the many diving spots, can offer a magnificent example of uncontaminated sea, and for the ease with which you can see and photograph dolphins and hammerhead sharks.
Along the way you can see some graffiti, attributable to the period prior to that of the pharaohs, especially depicting giraffes, goats and various hunting scenes. Until the end of the last century the town was only an unknown fishing village, later became an important and well known holiday destination in Egypt on the Red Sea, along with Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.
Located near the Tropic of Cancer, Marsa Alam has a privileged geographical position being exactly at the point where the Red Sea laps the Sahara desert.
Before the advent of mass tourism Marsa Alam was inhabited by a few thousand people pastoralists, fishing and working in the mines of marble and phosphates, as ancient tradition, dating back to the pharaohs and Romans, when in surrounding desert abounded mines of gold, emeralds and other precious stones.
The original inhabitants of Marsa Alam come from two ancient Bedouin tribes, called Al Abda Ba and Al Basharya, lived long in the eastern desert and currently used for the protection of the eastern borders. Over time, these tribes were influenced by Arab culture, leading to assimilation of the Islamic religion.
The language commonly spoken today by Al Ba and Al Abda Basharya, is Arabic, but the original languages, are the Tebdawi and Badawit, which are exclusively spoken but not written, as do all the other languages used by the Bedouins desert.