El Quseir is a beautiful place, situated on the mid southern coast of mainland Egypt, between Hurghada to the North and Marsa Alam in the South. It can be accessed easily by either of the 2 Airports. Once an important and busy port, the city stands at the end of the shortest route between the Nile and the Red Sea, making it a vital trade route between Egypt and the wider world in the days before the Suez Canal. It was also one of the main shipping routes for Pilgrims heading to Mecca. It is for this reason that many buildings in the town have a strong architectural Islamic influence. Visitors can still see the Old Fortress and port buildings scattered around the now quiet harbour. Today there is little else to do except relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the small town and marvel at the beautiful fringing reefs that run the length of the coastline, whether by snorkeling or diving. Another bonus of El Quseir is its closeness to Luxor and Aswan. For those wanting to see more of Egypt and its culture you can easily visit Luxor as a Full day or overnight trip. Travel time is approx. 3.5 hours each way. For the more adventurous Quad bike and horse/Camel safaris are an excellent way of seeing more of the magical desert scenery and meeting the local Bedouin people. These nomadic people offer a warm welcome to visitors who get to enjoy Bedouin hospitality before heading back across the desert to the beautiful resort hotels.