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6 Stunning Beaches in Egypt to Hit Before the End of 2023

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Nestled along the Red Sea and the enchanting coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt has some of the best beaches in Africa. In recent years, these beaches have been bringing in tourists from all parts of the world to the North African country.

Whether you’re longing for exhilarating water sports, a tranquil retreat or just some relaxation under the warm golden rays, Egypt offers beachgoers much more than you thought. Ensure you combine the most famous tourist attractions and historical sightseeing in Egypt by spending a few days at some of the best beaches in the country.

1. Mahmya Island 

An adventurous 45-minutes by boat from Hurghada, Mahmya Island is one of the best beaches in Egypt. The beach, which is located in the Giftun National Park, is the place to go if you’re looking to spend your day scuba diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs and underwater garden.

Mahmya Island

Mahmya Island. Photo/ Hurghada Reisen.

Visiting Mahmya Island and the surrounding Giftun National Park is an exotic escape with an experience you will never forget. Delve into the depths of the crystal blue waters and enjoy the company of dolphins and rainbow fish.

2. Na’ama Bay

If you love spoiling yourself while on a vacation and indulging in life’s pleasure, Na’ama Bay should be your next destination. Located in the town of Sharma El Sheikh, Na’ama Bay is a popular arc of flour-soft sand with Hollywood-blue waters.

Some of Sharma El Sheikh’s best diving and snorkelling zones are located in Na’am Bay. Shipwrecks can be seen on the shoreline, evidence to the difficulty of navigation between the reefs.

3. El Gouna

El Gouna

El Gouna town has some of the best beaches in Egypt. Photo/ Kayak.

The beach town of El Gouna is located 27 kilometers north of Hurghada and was made for easygoing, family-friendly sun-and-sand vacations. From several exclusive five-star hotels to fresh towel service and shade umbrellas, expect everything in Egypt’s most luxurious purpose-built holiday village.

There are four main beach areas at El Gouna, including the soft white sand of Zeytouna Beach and the wide swath of Mangroovy Beach. If you want to do more than just soak up the sun, there are plenty of diversions off the beach such as kayaking, paddleboarding and horse riding.

4. Cleopatra’s Beach 

Sitting on the western edge of Egypt’s Mediterranean shore, Marsa Matruh is one of the hidden gems in the North African country with several stunning beaches. This town gets packed with local tourists who want to explore the beaches during the summer months.

The pick of the bunch is Cleopatra Beach, which is located 14 kilometres northwest of Marsa Matruh. Apart from relaxing under the golden rays of sunshine, you can also enjoy several water sports here. They include parasailing, surfing, kite surfing and scuba diving.

Cleopatra's Beach

Cleopatra’s Beach. Photo/ Al Rahalah.

5. Sharm El Luli 

Sharm El Luli, one of the best beaches in Egypt, lies 60 kilometres south of Marsa Alam town on the Red Sea. It is a nature-lover’s paradise with soft and pastel-colored landscapes where the powdery sands soak seamlessly into the pale blue of the ocean.

Just like other popular beaches in the North African country, Sharm El Luli is an ideal destination for those interested in diving and snorkelling. Ensure you spend your whole day at the beach to fully experience the charm of the crystal waters.

6. Al Nayzak 

Settled in Marsa Alam, Al Nayzak is the place to go if you are looking for a beach where the sky blends with the sea in the bliss of nature. This stunning beach showcases a captivating blend of golden sand, stunning cliffs and of course watery waves. Al Nayzak promises serenity and picture-perfect views as you enjoy swimming leisurely or scuba diving.

Al Nayzak

Tourists having a great time at Al Nayzak. Photo/ Egyptian Streets.

Which Part of Egypt Has the Best Beaches?

Some of Egypt’s most stunning beaches are located in and around Sharm El-Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh is the most famous beach in Egypt for tourists.

What Are Egypt’s Most Popular Beaches?

  • Naama Bay
  • Dahab Lagoon
  • El Gouna

Does Egypt Have Clear Water?

Not only is Egypt incredibly sunny almost all year long, it’s also home to crystal clear waters, stunning desert landscapes and incredible biodiversity.

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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