Introducing Red Sea Coast
Egypt’s Red Sea coast has never loomed large on any independent traveller’s itinerary, yet some of the most important sites in Christianity’s early evolution lay tucked away amid the barren mountains of the north. Venture south of brashly loud and proud Hurghada and you’ll not only find some of Egypt’s best diving but also the epically wild expanse of the Eastern Desert. Criss-crossed by trade routes dating back to the far reaches of prehistory, and scattered with ancient rock art and lonely ruins, this little visited area is a desert adventurer’s dream.
Back on the ‘Red Sea Riviera’, famous (or infamous, depending on your view) for being a bargain bonanza of cheap package holidays, overdevelopment has pockmarked the coastline deeply, leaving a trail of mega-resorts and half- finished hotels in its wake. Dig a little deeper into this region though, and the Red Sea may just surprise you.