The largest trade expedition to Punt from Egypt was organized by Queen Hatshepsut around 1500 BC. The temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor contains bas-reliefs with a detailed description of this expedition.
After Hatshepsut large expeditions were not organized. The country of Punt was declining, and soon Egypt's trade with her ceased. The city lost its key importance.
Its new dawn came already at the time of the Arab and Turkish rule, when the sea trade with India and China intensified.
Attractions of El Qusair are connected with these two periods of history.
Attractions of El Cusair
Wadi Hammat - this is the area of the dried-up river, leading from El-Kusair to Luxor. There are preserved watchtowers guarding the way. Also along the route were mines and quarries, in which surviving letters from different epochs from 4000 BC. before the Ptolemaic period around 100 BC.
Bir Umm Fawakhar are the gold mines of the 6th and 7th centuries. They are in the north of the caravan route of Wadi Hammat. In the heyday of gold mining there lived up to 1000 people. Now you can go down to the deepest mine about 100 meters long and feel like an ancient miner.
Mios Hormos is an ancient port, built here by Pharaohs of the Ptolemaic dynasty in the 3rd century BC. It was used for trade with India, while in the Roman era this cooperation almost completely ceased because of the general crisis of the Roman Empire. Now there are active archaeological excavations here. The photo on the right shows the work place of archaeologists. Many tourists do not recognize this place for themselves interesting.
The fortress of Sultan Selim was built in the 16th century during the Turkish rule. It became the center of the modern city of El-Kusair. Now it is completely restored. Surprisingly, we are indebted to Napoleon Bonaparte for its present appearance, which is fully consistent with the original.
During the Egyptian campaign at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries the French made sketches of the fortress. And it was on these sketches that the fortress of Sultan Selim was restored. Now there is a museum and a tourist center.
And of course, water sports are thriving here - diving, scuba-diving, parasailing and water-skiing, and a very popular desert safari . In short, this resort has something to do, and the epithet "boring" can not be rewarded in any way.
Some tourists still call it boring, because there is no big water park, aquarium or a zoo. There are no noisy discos or nightclubs.
To sum up
The resort of El-Kusair has its specialization. We hope that you understand from our description how suitable it is for you. If yes, then buy the ticket safely, if not, then read the description of other interesting places in Egypt ( links below ).