After a short drive from Cairo comes Ain Sokhna, known for its year-round sunshine, beautiful weather, gentle waves and pristine crystal-clear water, Ain Sokhna makes the ideal destination if you are looking to have a break from the city.
A town located in the Suez Governate in Egypt, lying on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez, it is situated 55 kilometers south of Suez and 120 kilometers approximately east of Cairo. Ain El Sokhna extends along the Red Sea shoreline for 60 km from the southern borders of Ras El Adebbya in the north to Ras El Zaafarana in the south.
The name Ain Sokhna, can be translated to ‘Hot Springs’, it refers to the nearby sulfur springs that flow from Gebel Ataga, the eastern Desert’s northernmost mountain.
Its crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches are some of the reasons why the area is famous for deep-sea fishing, while Zaafarana offers premier diving and kite surfing.
Ain Sokhna waters are rich in marine life, excellent coral reefs and crystal-clear waters that are ideal conditions for snorkeling. A wide variety of water sports are also available all year around including water skiing, wakeboarding and kite surfing and wind surfing is becoming quite popular. In regards to the on-land activities, Ain Sokhna residents can enjoy superb Golf courses
Another quite popular activity in Ain Sokhna is the desert safaris and camping available all year around in the nearby Bahariya Oasis, the mountain canyons of the Western Desert and the Valley of the Golden Mummies.
If you are a fan of excursions then Ain Sokhna is a perfect destination for you as the area presents excursions to the sights of the desert, including the Pyramids of Cheops, Chechen and Mykerinus and the Great Sphinx.
Some other appealing sightseeing options are also available in Ain Sokhna such as, one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Suez Canal is less than an hour away drive. On the way you can make a stop at St. Anthony’s and St. Paul’s Monasteries. The monasteries will certainly amaze you with fortress-style architecture built to withstand Bedouin attacks, they also accommodate beautiful gardens, a mill, a bakery and a series of unique wall paintings of holy knights and the hermits who founded the monasteries. Moreover, their libraries are home to over 1,700 handwritten manuscripts. A two-kilometer hike from the monasteries will bring you to incredible views of the mountains, the Red Sea and the cave where St. Anthony lived as a hermit.