Red Sea Coast

The ruins of the actual emerald mines for which the region was once famed can be seen on the slopes of Nugrus, where the ground is littered with pottery fragments. The smaller ruins of Geili and Appalonia (both trading points) are nearby.

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Nearby Red Sea Coast attractions

1. Karba Matthba

19.26 MILES

The mysterious ruins of what must have once been a substantial villa or complex sit on top of an isolated desert ridge. From here there are incredible…

2. Wadi Gimal Protectorate

22.91 MILES

The starkly beautiful desert of the Wadi Gimal Protectorate extends inland for about 85km from its coastal opening south of Marsa Alam, and is home to a…

3. Sha’ab Samadai

24.63 MILES

This lagoon 18km south-east of Marsa Alam is home to three dive sites with a reef system full of interesting coral pinnacles and fish life. What makes…

4. Sikait

26.12 MILES

Sikait, about 80km south-west of Marsa Alam, is thought to have been the main settlement for the workers in the Roman emerald mines. It's about 80km south…

5. Tomb of Sayyed Al Shadhili


The Eastern Desert is scattered with numerous Islamic tombs and shrines. One of the best known is that of Sayyed Al Shadhili, a Moroccan holy man and Sufi…