Ain Sukhna and Za’farana

The Ain Sukhna (“hot spring”) region extends for some 60km along the Gulf of Suez coast, and as the closest beach resort area to Cairo, is another leisure destination popular with Egyptians from the capital. Perfectly situated for those looking for exploration of Egypt, the region is a short drive from Cairo, making this the perfect place from which to enjoy both the Pyramids of Cairo and the glorious beaches.

Another attractive option is Porto El Sokhna, a major new resort with fine golf and spas – and increasingly popular location for holiday homes. With crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, Ain Sukhna is known as a centre for deep-sea fishing, while Za’farana is among the world’s premier diving locations and famous for its
wind and kite surfing too. Both are ideal bases for seeking out history, with the Eastern Desert Monasteries, including the ancient St Paul’s Monastery, and St Anthony’s Monastery, which is the oldest functioning monastery in the world, just a short trip from the beach front resorts. At the monasteries, tourists can not only wonder at the frescos decorating the ancient buildings, but enjoy tours and some fantastic views.

As an up-and-coming tourist region, Ain Sukhna is considerably less expensive than some of the more established destinations, and those choosing this area will be delighted with just how much they can see and do in a short time. 


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