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Safaga is an ancient Egyptian town, located about sixty kilometers south of Hurghada. It has been a very popular marine port of Egypt, due to its great location. Safaga tourism is constantly growing and lots of tourists visit the resort all year long. Average summer temperatures in the resort are in the lower 30s C, and the sea temperature is warmest in August with average 29 C.
Safaga is most famous for its black sand dunes, its clean atmosphere and its numerous springs of mineral waters. The springs are known for their healing properties. Their waters are said to help in curing psoriasis, improving circulation of blood, relieving back and neck pains, relieving pain from arthritis and other rheumatic problems. Due to the fact that the waters here are very rich with salt and with lots of minerals good for the skin, Safaga is considered a top Red Sea destination for therapeutic and curative purposes.
Safaga has beautiful and clean beaches, and is especially popular place for divers and surfers. A couple of decades ago Safaga was the host of the World Championship of Windsurfing. Lots of hotels in Safaga have private beaches for their guests. Here you can also find lots of options for water sport activities and boat excursions. Bars and restaurants in Safaga are mostly concentrated within the large hotels, and the nightlife is relatively low key. Everything is centered on the hotels, so most of the entertainment options are organized by them. The town itself does not offer plenty things, but Safaga is ideal for calm vacationing and going on trips.
Safaga is an ideal base for exploring the wider area. Day trips to the ancient town of Luxor and other historic places can be easily arranged through the hotels and local guides. Visiting Forbidden Reef is also well worth the trip. This is a very large and wide reef, where you can see some wonderful coral shapes. The sea life is very rich and you can see all kinds of fish. Barracudas and dolphins frequently come to this place, and even if you are inexperienced diver the local professionals are very helpful and skillful to teach you the basics. Panorama Reef is another perfect spot for diving, located an hour drive away from Safaga. This is the largest reef in the area, full of unique sea life and soft corals. Species like lion fish or parrot fish can be seen here.
Nearby Tobia Island is another great place, especially popular with the surfers. It is a tiny island located on the Safaga Bay. Many excursions go to this place, and this is a popular place due to its shallow waters and interesting coral shapes. Children also love this island because of the warm and shallow waters, and for the colorful fish.
If you are more of a fan of dry activities, then visiting the historic spot of Mons Claudianus is a must. This quarry site dates back from the ancient Roman times, and here you will find a fortress, Roman baths, granite fragments, workshops and other ancient artifacts.
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