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Quseir, Egypt

Quseir, Egypt

Of Egypt's Red Sea ports, Quseir is the one with the longest history and the most traces from it.
In ancient Egyptian history, this was the port for expeditions to the "Land of Punt". Throughout Muslim history, this was a major port for pilgrims heading for Mecca.
Around town, there several places intresting for most visitors. The harbour is still in full use, there is a 13th century mosque (although renovated numerous times), a 16th century Ottoman fort and pilgrimage hospital.
In ancient times, Quseir was the port for the export of Egyptian wheat. This trade is continued through the port of Safaga, now as imports of wheat coming from Australia.
On Fridays, Quseir very much comes alive, when the market attracts Bedouins from near and far, coming into town to stock up and see other people.
Quseir has several good reefs popular both for diving and snorkelling.

Quseir, Egypt

Eat and Sleep
Quseir does not have many hotels, but the few range well from basic and cheap to comfortable.
Eating is in principle only done in the hotels, the few restaurants in town are very simple.

Options for diving are not as good for independent travellers as at Hurghada, and even more difficult than Safaga. The diving centres are usually not ready to accept outsiders.

There are 4 daily buses for Cairo, taking 10 hours. There are also plenty of bus connections to Safaga; to Hurghada; to Marsa Alam and Berenice and even further south; to Qena (Dedera) from where you can link to Luxor and other destinations along the Nile.
Shared taxis cover about the same destinations as buses, and can be a good alternative to waiting hours for the regular bus to depart. Prices are about the same.

Going Next
145 km northwest: Hurghada
85 km northwest: Safaga
130 km south: Marsa Alam 205 km southwest: Dendera/ Qena
225 km southwest: Luxor

By Tore Kjeilen