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Top Choice Monastery in Eastern Desert

Monastery of St Anthony

This historic monastery traces its origins to the 4th century AD when monks began to settle at the foot of Gebel Al Galala Al Qibliya, where their spiritual leader lived. Today the monastery is a large complex surro…
Top Choice Monastery in Eastern Desert

Monastery of St Paul

Dating to the 4th century, the Monastery of St Paul began as a grouping of hermitages in the cliffs around the site where Paul had his cell. The complex's heart is the Church of St Paul, which was built in and aroun…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Marsa Alam

Sha’ab Samadai

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 Samadai so special, though, is the pod of spinner dolphins (numb…
Top Choice Music in Marsa Alam

3alganoob Music Festival

Egypt's only modern music festival, this three-day feast at Tondoba Bay, 14km south of Marsa Alam, features the country's most interesting independent bands in every genre from electronica to alternative rock. Campi…
Top Choice Seafood in Al Quseir

El Fardous

A no-nonsense waterfront restaurant serving the best fish in Al Quseir, El Fardous has half a dozen tables, big windows onto the sea, a big cooler where you choose your fish, calamari or lobster, and some friendly w…
Top Choice Italian in El Gouna

Zia Amelia

El Gouna's cutest restaurant is rustic done right with a charmingly intimate interior and, weather permitting, an outdoor-dining area shaded by a vine-covered trellis. The menu is home-style Italian with generous po…
Top Choice Italian in Marsa Alam

Dolce e Salato

The best Italian food in Marsa Alam, prepared by Mara from Rome. Pizzas are shortcrust, made using extra virgin olive oil, and range from a simple Margherita to pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato. The pastas and salad…
Top Choice Bar in Hurghada

Caribbean Beach Bar

If you're looking to chill with a cocktail right next to the sea, this palm-thatched pontoon over the water has a laid-back atmosphere made for lounging. Once the sun has set there's often live music or parties. You…
Top Choice Asian in Hurghada

White Elephant

This is the real deal, Thai food prepared by a Thai chef. So if you want a spicy and zingy Thai feast, let the waiter know you can handle the heat and White Elephant won't scrimp on the spice. Tom yum (hot and sour …
Top Choice Seafood in Hurghada

Star Fish

An extremely popular fish restaurant on the main Sigala drag. You can choose fish from the display, or opt for prawns (grilled, with pasta, or deep-fried) and an excellent fish soup. Or you could go for the blow-out…