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El Quseir

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El Quesir (spellings vary) is a fishing town 100 km north of Marsa Alam on the Red Sea Coast of eastern Egypt. El Quesir is one of the few cities on the Red Sea with some sort of history. It was a crucial harbour for goods from the far east (silk, spices) which got transported with caravans to the nile. On the way back the caravans brought pilgrims and wheat to ship them to the arabian peninsula.

Today the city of around 18,000 people is surrounded by coral reefed beaches, and hotels. This is probably the early stages of this coast becoming another Sharm. It still retains it's charm with the locals, and the hotels are impeccable.

Get in[edit]

There are Buses from the Upper Egypt Bus Company twice a day. From Hurghada and other neighbouring cities you can get the old Peugot Taxis (shared between 7 passengers) for about 20 LE.

Also from Cairo you can take the GO Bus services buses that leaves twice a day after midnight.

Get around[edit]

It's a pretty small town where you can walk everywhere within half an hour. There are some microbuses, as well as a few taxis.

See[edit][add listing]

The city is an old harbour for pilgrims, goods from far east and trade to the Nile valley. There is a fortress which the French enlarged around 1800. Entrance fee 15 LE.

Do[edit][add listing]

The underwater life is very attractive and diverse, with visibility on a calm day about 20 m. The diving and snorkelling is excellent, with a good number of PADI registered dive centres in the hotels.

  • Nemo Tec, 66 El Kornesh, ☎ + 20 65 333 6478, +20 12 245 3369. A local one owned by Egyptians.
  • SUB AQUA DiveCenter™, Utopia Beach Club, 20km south of El Quseir, Marsa Alam 84733, South Red Sea Egypt (40km North from Marsa Alam Airport (RMF) 150km South from Hurghada Airport (HRG)), +20 65 3390 014 / [email protected], [1]. For over 12 years the award-winning Sub Aqua Dive Center has offered first class European-standard levels of service and equipment to divers of all levels. Located directly on the beach resort Utopia Beach Club, the dive center offers boat-entry trips to nearby reefs such as Elphinstone Reef and Abu Dabab or shore-entry diving to Utopia Beach Club's spectacular house reef. Diving Courses with multi-lingual diving instructors. PADI, SSI, CMAS, VDST.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Around the fortress, you can find the normal Egyptian souvenirs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a good and cheap Koshery place at the corniche, north of the old police station. Right in front of that is a nice and good priced Sea Food Restaurant.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Tea is the drink to have. It s pretty hard to find any restaurant or shop to buy alcoholic drinks.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Radisson Blu Resort El Quesir, (on the Red Sea coast), ☎ + 20 65 335 0260, [3]. Spectacular views of the Red Sea.
  • Simon Hotel, Still in contruction in 2011. Rooms from 80 LE
  • Sea Princess Hotel, (on the southern end of the main road by a gas station). Rooms with shared bathroom, single 30, double 50. Rooms with private bathroom &TV, single 70, double 100
  • Utopia Beach Club, 20km South El Quseir, 84733 Marsa Alam, Egypt. (40km North from Marsa Alam Airport (RMF) 150km South from Hurghada Airport (HRG) Please contact hotel to arrange airport pick-up), +2065 339 0011-13 / [email protected], [2]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. 4 star family run beach resort located on one of the shores on the South Red Sea. known for scuba diving and snorkeling 500-700 LE.  edit


Get out[edit]

Upper Egypt Travel runs two buses a day. 5AM and 10PM in direction north ([Safaga], [Hurghada]) Next to the Upper Egypt Travel Bus Station is the local station where you can find shared Peugeot Taxis for 10 LE to Safaga and 20 LE to Hurghada. The taxi driver might try to convince you to take the special Tourist Taxi for 100 LE to Hurghada.

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