The coastal route south from Suez is of little interest, passing numerous oil and natural-gas refineries, while in the distance you can also see the Jebel Ataqa, the northernmost range in the Eastern Desert and an old Bedouin smuggling route.

Around 55km south of Suez is the town of AIN SUKHNA, whose beaches are popular with Egyptians but attract few foreigners. The town’s name derives from the hot springs (35°C) originating in the Jebel Ataqa. Light patches offshore indicate coral reefs, while barbed-wire fences delineate areas sown with landmines (mainly beneath the cliffs). The quality of resorts here is generally low, and it’s better to head on to El Gouna or Hurghada rather than stopping off here.

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