Safaga port is famously known worldwide as a phosphates export center as it homes numerous phosphate mines!
The city of Safaga is located around 53 km south of Hurghada and is best known for its relaxed atmosphere. This special atmosphere makes the port of Safaga a hidden gem when it comes to special tourist spots. Safaga may not have as many tourists as some of the other Egyptian cities, but this makes it the perfect place to really relax and unwind. With crystal clear waters, impressive diving spots and a wide range of water sports activities are awaiting you here.
The city of Safaga was built around the old seaport and was known in history under the name Philotera. This name was given to the city in honor of the late sister of Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphos. The port is considered a leading export center for phosphate and is often used by travelers traveling to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the Hajj Islamic pilgrimage.
The summer season traditionally falls between April and October, which is dry, likely to be relatively hot and also peak travel time for tourists from all corners of the globe. The winter season runs between November and March, which is dry and moderately warm, however in the evening the temperatures drop across the desert allowing it to become much cooler at night. July is the hottest month in Safaga with an average temperature ranging between 30-35°C and the coldest month is January with a low of 16°C.
The two monastery complexes St. Antony and St. Paul are two of the oldest monasteries in the country. Immerse yourself in the history of Christianity in Egypt on a visit and learn more about these two impressive sites.
Explore with us the largest monastery in Egypt after the monastery of Saint Catherine. The St. Antony Monastery is located around 350 kilometers north of Safaga and belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church. Saint Anthony (251 – 356) led a very secluded, ascetic life in a rock cave above the monastery until his death. Anthony the Great is often referred to as the father of the monks. After his death, numerous pilgrims from Syria, Ethiopia, Egypt and other countries gather here.
After visiting the St. Antony Monastery, you will continue to the impressive St. Paul Monastery, which dates from the 4th century AD. The monastery was founded above the cave in which Saint Paul lived for over 80 years. Like many other monasteries in Egypt, there have been frequent attacks by Bedouin tribes and looters. In 1484 AD there was, among other things, a very destructive attack. In the second half of the 16th century AD, the monastery was raided again. The monastery complex was searched twice during the attack. Today the monastery has 3 different churches. One of these was built on the spot where Saint Paul lived and where his remains are kept. The other two Coptic churches are that of Saint Mercurius and that of Archangel Michael.
Explore Egypt from Safaga.
If you want to explore a little more of Egypt, we offer private transfers to Aswan, Hurghada, El Gouna, Cairo and Luxor. You can explore the cities on your own or book one of our numerous excursions. Your options are limitless!
With Semper Travel Egypt you can take part in numerous excursions from Safaga. There is, among other things, the opportunity to visit the city of Luxor. This is also known as the largest open-air museum in the world. Here you will find breathtaking sites such as the Karnak Temples, the Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings. On a city tour to Hurghada, discover the impressive El Mina Mosque at the port and walk through the markets in the Dahar district. If you are looking for adrenaline and adventure, then our quad tour is just right for you. With the quad you conquer the high sand dunes and can enjoy the impressive landscape. With a visit to Paradise Island or Orange Bay you will feel like you are in the Maldives and in the middle of the Red Sea.
Excursions to Luxor.
The city of Luxor is located in Upper Egypt and is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Often referred to as the largest open-air museum in the world, among other things, the city is home to numerous historical landmarks and is home to some of the most beautiful architecture of all time. The city extends over a total area of around 416 km² and is divided into the east and west banks. With a visit, take the chance to follow in the footsteps of the famous pharaohs, kings and queens and learn more about the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.
From Safaga we offer you the following excursions to Luxor:
Excursions to Cairo.
The Egyptian capital Cairo can be perfectly described as a city that never sleeps. More than 21,000,000 people live in an area of around 3,085 km². This makes Cairo the largest metropolitan region in Africa. The city in northern Egypt is the epitome of ancient history and an impressive culture. Among other things, it is also known as the home of one of the greatest wonders in the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Cairo impresses with its more than 5,000 years of history and attracts tourists from all over the world every year. Millions of them flock to the capital to discover the numerous treasures and to explore the lively ambience.
On our excursions from Safaga to Cairo you have the chance to visit some of these impressive monuments and sights and learn a little more about the history of the impressive capital.
From Safaga we offer you the following excursions to Cairo:
For some, it is a divine paradise; for others, it is an important oil well or an indispensable transport route: the Red Sea.
Desert mountains rise on its shores. In its depths, it hides a dazzling variety of fish and corals.
From a geological perspective, the “Bahr al-Ahmar”, as the Red Sea is called in Arabic, is still quite young. It was created about 20-30 million years ago by separating the African and Asian continental plates. The resulting crack was filled with seawater.
The beautiful Red Sea in Egypt has a surface area of about 438.000 km2, is around 2.250 km long, and, at its widest point, 355 km wide. It has a maximum depth of 3.040m in the central Suakin Trough and an average depth of 490 m. There are extensive shallow shelves, noted for their marine life and corals, too.
Crystal clear water and sunshine that warms the soul, make the Egyptian Red Sea a great destination for vacationers all year round.
The Red Sea Riviera is an extended coastal area full of beautiful beaches that lead to the Red Sea in Egypt. Here you’ll be able to swim among dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles, and an overwhelming number of fishes and corals. It is the perfect destination for diving at any time of the year.
Hurghada, is one of the oldest vacation spots on the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea and also one of the famous attractions for tourists. The possibilities for activities in land and on the water are almost unlimited. You can take a submarine ride that allows you to explore 22 meters underwater, snorkeling amongst the vibrant marine life or relax on one of its beautiful Islands such as Paradise Island, Mahmya Island, and Orange Bay.
El Gouna is a modern resort on the Red Sea, where you can choose to relax and take scenic walks along its marinas and lagoons or head out to spend a day on the sea with the Ocean Diva Catamaran, one of the most popular excursions in El Gouna. Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and much more is available to you in El Gouna.
Marsa Alam, which is located south of Hurghada, also offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. For example, one of the most popular places is Abu Dabbab, where you have the chance to see dugongs, sea turtles, and more. Snorkel amongst the islands of Hamata national park or discover the marine life of Sataya Reef or Samadai Reef. For experienced divers, Elphinstone Reef is not to be missed with the opportunity of coming face to face with white tip and hammerhead sharks.
The Red Sea in Safaga, Egypt, has a lot more to offer. More cities, more excursions, more fun, and excitement. Sempre Travel Egypt offers all these fantastic excursions.