Pharaoh’s Island

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Pharaoh’s Island information

Taba , Egypt
Gezirat Fara’un
adult/child E£20/10
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About 7km south of Taba and 250m off the Egyptian coast, this tiny islet in turquoise waters is dominated by the much-restored Castle of Salah ad-Din. The castle is actually a fortress built by the Crusaders in 1115, but captured and expanded by Saladin in 1170 as a bulwark against feared Crusader penetration south from Palestine.

The only boat to the island runs from the Salah ad-Din Hotel, on the coast just opposite. Unfortunately the service is unreliable, though if the boat is running, a return ticket costs only US$4. Boat tickets are available from the hotel reception, and tickets for the fortress are available on landing.