Safaga

Safaga

Port Safaga, also known as Safaga, is a town in Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea, located 53 km (33 mi) south of Hurghada. This small port is also a tourist area that consists of several bungalows and rest houses, including the Safaga Hotel, with a capacity of 48 rooms (126 beds).

Having numerous phosphate mines, it is regarded as the phosphates export center. A paved road of 164 km (102 mi) connects Safaga to Qena of Upper Egypt.

This port is also a gateway for Duba port to some pilgrims or travelers to Arabia, by ferries.

 

History

The town was founded between 282 BC and 268 BC, by Satyrus Ancient Greek. It was called Philotera in honor of the deceased sister of the Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Stephanus of Byzantium write that it was also called Philoterida

Safaga City is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centres, as special medical researches have proved the potential of attracting international tourism to Safaga.

 

Safaga was a merchant port for many years. The town has a small tourism industry, specialising in scuba diving. It was the host of the 1993 Red Sea World Windsurfing Championships.

Holiday

 

A holiday in Safaga is mainly about water sports and sightseeing, with little nightlife around except for some nice beach parties organized by the local divers and surfers.The black sand dune beaches characteristic of Safaga are a favorite spot for sun bathers. The sea water is known to be highly saline and rich in minerals which are beneficial for the skin, and it is a popular curative destination  for skin diseases .Safaga is also has  some of the most outstanding diving  sites in  the Red Sea, with the bay’s chain reefs of Tobia Arbaa, and the impressive walls of Panorama and Abu Qifan towering reefs, where often big pelagic such as tunas, sharks and mantas can be spotted.Safaga is also a good starting point for a day trip into the Eastern Desert to check out the granite quarries of Mons Claudianus 

Population

 

Population in Safaga is more than 35.000, most of which work in tourism and fishing

 

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