After riding a camel for three hours, my sore muscles were screaming for some relaxation. Luckily, a beach trip was next on the itinerary! The lovely Ray of Egypt tours set up a custom tour for me that involved 2 nights on the North Coast of Egypt in Al Hammam.
It takes around 3 hours to drive from Cairo to Al Hammam, and the drivers are absolutely insane. Egyptians do not believe in lines on the road and they use their turn signals very erratically. Despite being in the very capable hands of my driver Mohamed, my American nerves were shot by the time I arrived.
Al Hammam is a local beach resort town that reminded me a bit of an Arabic outer banks (but much prettier). During peak months, I’ve been told that the beach is packed. Luckily for me, it’s currently “cold” (read: mid 70s) in Egypt, so I had the entire beach to myself! Plenty of time for swimming, beach naps, and photoshoot practice. Forgive my utter lack of gracefulness, my parents cursed me through my name.
I absolutely adore the Mediterranean sea, with its waves and perfect blue waters. Makes the Atlantic seem sort of sad by comparison! The water was nice and warm for swimming, and I was perfectly comfortable staying in most of the day.
In Egypt, it can be confusing to know what to wear to the beach. Many Muslim women stay completely covered in the water in burqinis (or similar things). Others wear one-piece swimsuits. In tourist areas or on private beaches, it’s not uncommon to see women in bikinis. The resort I stayed at was a private beach, but because I was the only one swimming (and it’s a very local destination) I chose to stay covered up in underarmor and leggings. It was warmer, and I feel it’s always better to avoid drawing attention when you’re alone. Really though, my choice of swimwear didn’t matter, because I only saw 1-2 people the entire day.
My trip to the North Coast was the perfect getaway to relax, recharge, and get ready for my upcoming tour of upper Egypt and Dahab. This area is highly underrated by tourists, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in need of some surf and sand!
Thanks to Dr. Ahmed and Ray of Egypt tours for arranging it all!
Next stop: Alexandria!