Resorts of Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea
Egyptian resorts on the Mediterranean Sea are not in demand among tourists from Europe. These beaches are popular with the Egyptians themselves. Recreation on the Mediterranean Riviera in Egypt has its disadvantages, but also its advantages. We will discuss all this in this article.
The Mediterranean coast of Egypt is quite long - 1,050 kilometers, and not all of it is adapted for tourism. According to the private tradition, it is divided into three large zones: the Nile Delta, the West Coast and the Sinai coast (see map ).
The Nile delta is not suitable for beach rest. The terrain here is marshy, and even building buildings is problematic. In addition, do not forget that now agriculture on the Nile exists due to mineral fertilizers.
In the times of ancient Egypt, high yields were achieved at the expense of silt, which brought the river here, and silt was an excellent natural fertilizer. Now there is no more silt, as a dam in the city of Aswan detains him, and nitrates, phosphates and pesticides are poured into the fields in large quantities.
The fields are washed by water from the river, and all the remnants of fertilizers carry the river to the delta. Even if you find a beach hotel in the area, we do not recommend swimming here, otherwise, by the end of the holiday you can become such .
The Sinai coast is also not popular. Here next to it is Palestine and Gaza, and many are afraid of this area. This coast was the most "hot" place during all the Arab-Israeli wars. Even in the late 90's on the Mediterranean coast of Sinai could easily be blown up on a mine left after the war! Now, of course, everyone has already cleared and cleaned, but the unpleasant residue remained.
The only part of the coast, suitable for resort activity, is the West Coast, which extends from the city of Alexandria to the border of Libya. There is clean water, sandy beaches and a developed tourist infrastructure. For the Egyptians themselves, this is the most popular vacation spot.
Features of the resorts of Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea - positives
Some tourists do not like the Red Sea, because even on artificially created sandy beaches, you can injure your feet on corals. At all resorts of Egypt on the Red Sea, it is recommended to wear special protective footwear (see photo ). At the resorts of the Mediterranean Sea there are no corals, and there is nothing to be afraid of in water, except for the garbage left by people. However, garbage is at all the resorts, and on the beaches of the Egyptian Mediterranean it is not more than everywhere.
The entire tourist infrastructure is adapted for the rest of Egyptians, and not for foreign tourists. Prices in restaurants and bazaars are lower here than in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh .
This unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this Egypt, which you will not find in popular resorts, only Ain Sokhna will give you a similar opportunity, but to a lesser extent.
A variety of national Egyptian cuisine in restaurants, national fast food and Egyptian desserts , all prices are only in local currency " Egyptian pound ." All this gives an unforgettable impression of the color and originality of the country.
However, not all tourists like this color, too great a cultural difference between us. But we'll talk about this in the next section.
In restaurants on the Mediterranean Sea there are always a lot of seafood, and the dishes here are cheap. Shrimp, squid, mussels and lobsters are waiting for gourmets and just lovers of delicious food.
Most Russian tourists are surprised: why on the Swedish tables in the Red Sea never have seafood? The sea is nearby, it is rich in different livestock.
Serious restrictions exist in the Red Sea on catching fish and marine animals, and there are no such restrictions on the Mediterranean Sea. Accordingly, seafood here is cheap and there are a lot of them.
Another advantage - low prices for rest. In Alexandria, you can stay at the hotel for $ 30 per night (for two people). It will be a hotel of normal quality, but not on the beach, but on the 2nd or 3rd beach line.
In the city of Alexandria, there is something to see for tourists. We wrote in detail about the excursion to Alexandria on our website. If you want to combine beach holidays with a rich cultural program, then you are here.
Features of the resorts of Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea - negatives
The first thing that plunges Europeans into a cultural shock is public beaches. Many of them have a dress code! Only then you will fully understand that Egypt is an Islamic country (see the photo below).
If a girl comes to such a beach in a bikini, it will cause a stormy reaction of others immediately, and a visit of the law enforcement officer a little later. This may result in arrest.
If you stay at a hotel with a private beach, then the attitude to the bikini will be more loyal. In any case, you need to check in advance with the hotel of his rules, in order to avoid unpleasant situations.
The resorts of the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt are focused on local residents, and with foreign languages the situation here is deplorable. Even English knows not all hotel staff. Nobody knows Russian here.
Systems "all inclusive" are not here, and in hotels not all employees know what it is all about. This is not surprising, because there are a lot of shops, restaurants and cafes with quite reasonable prices. The Egyptians prefer to go out to dinner and dine outside the hotel.
If the Red Sea is warm all year, then on the Mediterranean Sea there is a beach season. It starts in June, and ends in October. In the rest of the time, most hotels just close.
From November to May the sea is too cold for swimming, strong winds are blowing and there are storms (pictured right). This feature must be taken into account first.
In the beach season, hotels do not experience a shortage of visitors, there are always a lot of Egyptians vacationing. Overcrowding of beach hotels is, perhaps, the main negativity of rest in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea.
As we have already said, the behavior of the Egyptians does not suit all tourists. At the resorts of the Red Sea it is difficult to notice, the staff behaves quite in a European way. But here on vacation many Egyptians relax, and their behavior can cause a cultural shock.
For example, they can eat with their hands. Or rather, not only hands, but also a special cake "belyady." They manipulate her like a spoon. Absolutely nothing shameful in this Egyptians do not see.
And even if an Egyptian eats a cutlet with his hands, they do not see "crime" in this. Of course, such an action is not welcome, but it is not considered very scary, as we have.
Let's remember the historical traditions. We remember that traditionally Russians ate wooden spoons. The Chinese have already eaten chopsticks for 2500 years. But what do the Arabs traditionally eat, did you think? They are traditionally eaten with hands or cakes, and this behavior is not something extraordinary.
Some habits of the Egyptians are not justified by cultural traditions. For example, here you can sit with a plate and eat in the pool. However, even in Arabs it is considered indecent.
They are also very noisy, they can scream out loud at your windows, they can sing songs, and the whole hotel will hear them.
Many Europeans, including Russians, condemn such behavior, but we want to call for tolerance. Russian tourists from Arabs cause no less shock when they abuse alcohol, can not learn at least the basic phrases in English and the first try to get out of the cabin of the plane, pushing the other passengers.
Believe me, we are all even! We all irritate each other.
The prices for hotels here are very different. As we said, in Alexandria you can stay at the hotel for $ 30. But the farther west, the higher prices. Already 20 kilometers from Alexandria, the rooms are no less than $ 100 per night.
It turns out that you will not get any serious financial benefit from the rest on the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. At least, this is the situation in 2015.
The main resorts
The hotels are located all along the coast from Alexandria to the border with Libya. There are several large centers. The first is Alexandria herself. Russian tourists we recommend this resort, it is easiest to get to, and there are many interesting sights.
The second major resort is El Alamein . This is a famous historical place where there were two major battles of the Second World War. The first of them was won by the Germans, and the second by the British. In El Alamein is a large military-historical museum. For fans of World of Tanks, we recommend this resort.
Another famous resort is called Mersa Matruh . The city is 300 kilometers from Alexandria to the west. This place is insanely popular among the Egyptians, but we do not recommend it to foreign tourists, as it is too long and difficult to get here.
There is a cove in which, according to legend, Queen Cleopatra loved to bathe, she is called "Cleopatra Bay". There are many places in the world that are associated with the famous Egyptian queen , remember at least the Cleopatra basin in Turkey. But in the legend of the cove in Mersa Matruh it is difficult to believe. Firstly, it is unlikely that the queen would go here to swim for 300 kilometers. Secondly, the ancient Egyptians did not really like to swim in the sea.
Trying to rest in the Mediterranean resorts of Egypt? It is difficult to say, this decision is individual. We told everything that we know. Choose the best resort by reading our articles about Egypt ( links below ).
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