Marsa Matruh Holidays 2016

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Majestic Marsa Matruh

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You’ll experience a medley of attractions when you embark on Marsa Matruh holidays, spanning stunning beaches, engaging culture and engrossing historical attractions –the entire Egyptian package on the country’s Mediterranean coast. Whether you're looking for an action-packed adventure or a relaxing beach break, you’ll find your ideal escape in this corner of Egypt, with the resort’s vibrant ethos keeping you captivated throughout your stay.

Famous for its choice of white sand beaches and its fabled connections to Cleopatra, this magical area is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed beach holiday away from the crowds of some of the bigger Red Sea resorts. Here you can relax on quiet, pristine beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters or just lie back and top up your tan during your holidays to Marsa Matruh, while simultaneously enjoying easy access to other destinations, such as Cairo, if you fancy a change of scenery.

Beach Indulgence in Egypt

For those who like their holidays to be more active, the resorts along the coast offer a choice of exciting water sports, with the offshore diving and snorkelling considered among the more alluring adventures awaiting your indulgence. Further along the coast, in El Alamein, you can enjoy even more water sports opportunities, as well as the chance to explore some of the key WWII battle sites in North Africa.

Many will spend their holidays in Marsa Matruh embracing the wonderful array of beaches found around the resort, allowing relaxation and rejuvenation in the sunshine, as well as undoubtedly topping up your tan in the process. For a change of pace, you can enjoy some cultural and historical exploration during your time in the area, with a number of ruined temples and palaces dotted around Marsa Matruh, transporting holidaymakers back in time.

Marsa Matruh Beach Holidays

Beaches

For a resort bathed in glorious sunshine where warm waters lap an unspoilt coastline, look no further than Marsa Matruh. Unlike the tourist traps nearby, here you can find plenty of space to stretch out and relax, while being close enough to all of the area’s popular attractions.

Water Sports

While Marsa Matruh is a relatively quiet spot on the Red Sea, there is still no lack of opportunity to make the most of the water sports for which its waters are ideal. Make and break waves with windsurfing and jet skis, or escape reality by plunging deep into the reefs with scuba diving.

Quiet Spots

Seeking out a quiet spot is no chore in Marsa Matruh; the whole area has a pleasant tranquillity and a laid-back atmosphere that is infectious to its visitors. Take a walk along the stunning beach and find yourself a scenic seat in the sands where you can unwind in peace.

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Attractions

There has never been a better time to visit Marsa Matruh, a place that as yet remains unspoilt and unknown to the vast majority of tourists. Its quiet sandy beaches are ideal for a romantic stroll as the sun sets, and the quality resorts will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.

Activities

When you aren’t soaking up the sun, bathing on the beach or splashing around with water sports, take a day trip to one of the nearby attractions. The near-isolated desert oasis at Siwa has an eerie charm with its crumbling ruins, or visit El Quseir for a more vibrant ancient city.

Nightlife

For intimate evenings spent wining and dining with a sea view, Marsa Matruh is perfect. Clubbers should look to other resorts, but for chic bars and quality food you will not be disappointed as you watch the sun set over the horizon whilst enjoying each other’s company and the relaxed atmosphere.

Marsa Matruh Day Trips

Cairo

While the capital may be a long way away, an opportunity to take a trip to Cairo should not be missed. Its endless delights include the Pyramids, the impressive Sphinx and the history-rich Egyptian Museum. Those planning a longer holiday to Egypt should consider spending a few days here.

Alexandria

Similarly, Alexandria is a worthwhile excursion for those wanting to explore all that Egypt has to offer. Founded by Alexander the Great, it is full of history and has many attractions. Take a guided tour, where you can benefit from a detailed insight into the city as well as lunch included.

El Alamein

For those interested in military history, a trip to the museum at the coastal town of El Alamein is a must. Several important battles were fought here, and this vast museum contains a whole host of various remnants of wars, as well as housing a battlefield cemetery.

Local Delights evening trip

Take in the charms of Marsa Matruh and the surrounding area on a Local Delights evening trip. Guiding you through the coves, caves, beaches and souks of the town, with points of interest such as Cleopatra’s Rock, this is a chance to explore the hidden wonders of the resort.

Marsa Matruh Family Holidays

Attractions

Spend your summer discovering one of Egypt’s best-kept secrets, where the sands sit undisturbed and the resorts specialise in luxury. Nestled on the Red Sea, it is a refreshing alternative to its more commercialised neighbours, making it a great choice for a family holiday away from the hustle and bustle.

Activities

Find fun for all the family in Marsa Matruh; from adrenaline-boosting water sports to the charms of ruined temples. Take a break from the heat and delve into the depths of the ancient cave which houses Rommel Museum, home to the history of Egypt during wartime.

Nightlife

Marsa Matruh may not have the quantity and variety of bars and restaurants that you will find in other Egyptian resorts. However, it does boast a selection of eateries offering both local and international dishes of fantastic quality which welcome families well into the evening and are sure to satisfy everyone

Useful information

Language
Arabic (French and English widely spoken)
Currency
Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Local time
GMT/BST +2 hours
Airport
Alexandria
Flight time
4 hours 40 minutes