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Once a sneaky getaway for locals, the Red Searesort of Ain El Sokhna is now the rising star of Egypt’s tourist destinations, and a not-so-well-kept secret. But with stunning beaches and a vast hoard of historical treasures just a stone’s throw away, keeping something like this to yourself would be the tourism equivalent of outright fabrication – and we all know the Egyptians didn’t exactly look upon that favourably!

Take the well-trodden path up to nearby Gebal Ataquaand discover the sulphur springs that gave Ain El Sokhna its moniker ‘The Hot Spring’. A day trip will take you to nearby Cairo to explore Egypt’s rich history, or you could just lounge around in the fervent Egyptian sun on Ain El Sokhna Beach. Unlike cities further inland, Ain El Sokhna’s idyllic waters aren’t just a figment of your imagination…

Ain El Sokhna’s Top 10

10. Red Sea Coast Boat Tour Revel in the majesty of the Red Sea with a day cruise around the Gulf of Suez.

5. Mountain Canyon Trek Pull up your bootstraps and give your legs a workout with a trek along the nearby mountain canyons.

9. Watersports Glide along the waves on any number of aquatic apparatus and feel the salty sea breeze in your hair.

4. Diving Delve into the fascinating depths of the Red Sea and marvel at the buzzing underwater wildlife.

8. Suez Canal The original remnants of the canal are now more of a testament to the might of modern architecture.

3. Giza The majestic pyramids of nearby Giza have stood the test of time.

7. Eastern Desert Monasteries Just a short trip from Ain El Sokhna, these intriguing ruins date back to the 5th century.

2. Desert Safari Tour Watch your head and hold on to your camera for this bumpy ride through the dunes.

6. Ain El Sokhna Golf Course If you think staying on the green is easy, try a round of golf at this desert course.

1. Hot Spring Bath Take the afternoon off to unwind in the 35°C (95ºF) waters of two therapeutic mineral spas.

Ain el Sokhna History

  • Suez Canal – Just a short distance from Ain el Sokhna is this historic canal, which was built in the 1800s.
  • Dahshur – This is a royal necropolis containing the famous Red and Bent Pyramids.
  • Memphis – The ruins of this ancient Egyptian capital contain the famous Sphinx.
  • Step Pyramid of Djoser – This huge pyramid in the Saqqara necropolis was built in 27th-century BC.
  • Citadel of Qait Bay – This 15th-century fortress near Ain el Sokhna was built to defend the city.

Ain el Sokhna Art & Culture

  • Egyptian Museum – This museum has more than 130,000 artefacts and antiques from the pyramids and pharaohs.
  • Valley Temple – Just a short excursion from Ain el Sokhna, this temple is one of the best-preserved in all of Egypt.
  • Museum Of Islamic Art – This elegant Cairo museum is just a few kilometres away and contains artwork and artefacts from across the Islamic world.
  • National Archaeological Museum – Very near Ain el Sokhna, this museum features impressive exhibits.
  • St Anthony Monastery – This ancient Christian monastery is a self-contained village with cultural artefacts.

Ain el Sokhna Shopping

  • Arbaeen Fish Market – The best of Egypt’s seafood can be found at this market near Ain el Sokhna.
  • Porto Sukhna Mall – This large mall is the best place for designer labels.
  • Alain le Notre – This French bakery is a great place for those craving fresh bread.
  • Le Gourmet – A pastry shop offering some of the best treats in all of Ain el Sokhna.
  • Abo Ali Café – This coffee shop is a great place for a cup or to take home some roasted.

Gay & Lesbian Ain el Sokhna

  • Hotel Movenpick – This gay-friendly resort features a popular outdoor pool.
  • Stella di Mare Resort – Gay travellers flock to this resort, which is one of the most beautiful in the area.
  • Ramada el Sokhna – A chain hotel that is gay friendly and offers stunning views.
  • Hotel Jaz – Offering romantic rooms for gay couples looking for a retreat.
  • Hotel La Hacienda – A gay-friendly hotel in Ain el Sokhna that offers great views of the Red Sea.

Ain el Sokhna Outdoor

  • Gabal Ataka – This mountain is the highest peak in the Eastern Desert and features the hot spring for which Ain el Sokhna is named.
  • Sinai Mountains – These mountains offer breathtaking views.
  • Ain el Sokhna Port – A great place to watch ships launch.
  • Red Sea – Many water activities are available on the beautiful Red Sea.
  • Ain el Sokhna Golf Course – This beautiful course is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Ain el Sokhna Sports

  • Hit the links at the El Ein Bay Golf Club.
  • Rent a pedalo (paddle boat) at any of the beach resorts in town.
  • Enjoy a dip in the pristine waters off Palerma Beach.
  • Swim or simply lay in the sun at Ain el Sokhna Beach.
  • Take a buggy ride with Desert Safari Tours.

Ain el Sokhna Sports

  • Hit the links at the El Ein Bay Golf Club.
  • Rent a pedalo (paddle boat) at any of the beach resorts in town.
  • Enjoy a dip in the pristine waters off Palerma Beach.
  • Swim or simply lay in the sun at Ain el Sokhna Beach.
  • Take a buggy ride with Desert Safari Tours.

Ain El Sokhna’s Events

Forget the past and party into the future at the Al Hijra New Year festivities.

Bask in the hot sun to mark the first day of spring with Sham an-Nassim every March. With temperatures like these, you’ll soon be wishing it was winter!

You say you wanna revolution? Enjoy the next best thing at the annual Revolution Day in July.

For some chest-beating Egyptian nationalism, make sure you’re in town for the annual Armed Forces Day in October.

Gorge yourself for three whole days at Eid al-Fitr (varied dates), the glorious feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

When To Go

For scorching desert days by the Red Sea, the highest temperatures in Ain El Sokhna can be found in July and August.

Winter in Ain El Sokhna is comparable to a European summer, so is still an awesome time to enjoy the outdoors.

For optimum beach weather, head to the shore between February and June.

Getting Around

There is a decent train service running to and around Ain el Sokhna.

For more specific destinations, cheap and reliable buses also run through the city.

Taxis are readily available if public transport isn’t your style.

Hotels in Ain Sokhna

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1 Moevenpick Resort El Sokhna

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East of Cairo you will find the breathtaking Moevenpick Resort El Sokhna. Imagine blue skies and white sandy beaches - with turquoise water lapping at your feet. Add miles of serene - unspoiled... More

2 Porto Sokhna Beach Resort and Spa

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