Marsa Alam is approximately 4 hours south of Hurghada and is popular with holiday makers and divers wanting to get away from the major resorts in the north,

New virgin place , This area now boasts some very exclusive 5 star resort Hotels so it is a perfect destination for those wanting luxury and adventure off the beaten track, There is an airport in Marsa Alam so watch this space for new exciting developments in the area, Marsa Alam originally was a place of importance in the road in ancient times was used for the gold mining trade, archaeologists believe its main use was as a trade route between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea where an important ancient port was located. It is about 230 kms from Nile river , and the road was the main road of gold mines , and some historic landscapes where the ancient Egyptians mined much of their gold. Several gold mining operations are known.  Just off this road are found two areas, called Wadi Barmiya, and about 30 kilometers further into the mountains. Wadi Baramiya extends into another larger Wadi named Miya, where a temple was built by, among others, Seti I  Both areas were probably gold mining communities. a wealth of rock inscriptions from as early as the pre-dynastic period may also be found along this route near Marsa Alam. the smooth rock faces were an ideal canvas for ancient graffiti, which dates from the earliest times right up until the present. The ancient graffiti depicts animals, including giraffes and cattle, but also includes hunting scenes, such as an ostrich hunt with dogs. Unfortunately, with the expansion of this road, many if not all of these inscriptions will be soon lost