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Red Sea Coast



"...that exquisite corridor of tinted mountains and radiant and nowhere else, is the vestibule between the Levant and the Tropics." E.M. Forster describing the Gulf of Suez, 1923.

Egypt's Red Sea coast runs form the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese border. Its mineral rich red mountain ranges, inspired the mariners of antiquity to name the sea Mare Rostrum, or the Red Sea.

Hermits, seeking seclusion founded early Christian monasteries here, sharing the wilderness with camel trading Bedouin tribes. Today, the crags and limestone wadis of the Eastern Desert remain relatively unexplored, home to herds of ibex and gazelle. But the Red Sea itself, dotted with coral reefs, fringed by ancient ports, teeming with underwater life, has a rich maritime history which stretches back to Pharaonic times.

The thermal winds that once sped clippers to the East still bring thousands of migrating birds to the shores of the Red Sea, making it a paradise for bird-watchers.

Today, the ancient ports are better known as some of the best diving and fishing resorts the world. Sun bathers relax on white sand beaches, or find shade in the mangrove lagoons that line the coast, while snorkellers explore the reefs.

The underwater wonder of the Red Sea remains: a living tapestry of vibrant corals and exotic fish, waiting for you to discover its secrets.



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