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Helsinki, Finland -> Port Ghalib, Egypt

When the dark autumn arrives in Finland, we want to head south – preferably to Egypt’s Port Ghalib. It is an amazing vacation resort.

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Port Gahlib

Finnmatkat opened (after a short break) direct vacation flights to Port Ghalib this autumn – and that made us very happy.

We booked the flights and made direct reservations to our favourite hotel – Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib. The hotel is amazing and so is the staff, the beach, the coral reefs and the hotel’s rooms, suites and amenities.

Finnmatkat have changed the airline company (to JetTime) regarding flights¬†to Marsa Alam Airport, Egypt. That was a small disappointment. The crew was great ūüôā and the food as well, but the plane was very old and small, the seat reservation service was troublesome and the delays before take off and getting the luggage were a sad experience. Finnmatkat itself gets our warm recommendations for their great service and the possibility to fly to our dream destination.

View from the suite at PG_2

Arriving at the Marsa Alam Airport was superb. The warm sunny weather welcomed us, as well as the airport staff. Here we have a photo of a my husband and a staff member, who welcomed us warmly. Egyptians are so friendly.

Welcome to Marsa Alam Airport

We had arranged a car to pick us up from the airport. That is a great service from the hotel. It takes just 10 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel.

Here we are – finally at the hotel –¬†happy and smiling.

Arriving at the hotel PG
Stay tuned – there are more stories to come!

ps. Here is a new photo of the amazing Picasso Triggerfish:

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Egypt: Red Sea: The Masked Pufferfish

We had the opportunity to travel to Port Ghalib, Egypt, for the third time.

The place is amazing. I will write more about it soon.

Here is one of the new great photo in our Red Sea collection:

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The Masked Pufferfish

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More stories and photos coming soon – stay tuned ūüôā

Egypt – a pearl among the travel destinations

I have written a few short stories of our trips to Egypt (Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh and Port Ghalib) as well as posted a few posts about the superb and fantastic underwater world in the Red Sea.

Picasso fish at Port Ghalib

Egypt has some terrific places for anyone interested in an exotic culture, sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling and diving.

Great sphinx of Giza

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At the moment there are vacation flights from Finland to Hurghada and Marsa Alam. Sharm el-Sheikh is also a very popular and interesting area. We have been there once. I can recommend to visit it. At the moment there are though no flights from Finland to Sinai area. Hopefully there will be some in the near future.

Elegant Unicornfish

 

We have fallen in love with Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort -hotel some years ago. The perfect beach (private beach), the coral reefs, the sunny weather, the hotel, the friendly staff, the fabulous food, the sunsets, the splendid rooms and suites Рeverything.

Coming from the beach to the cafe area

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The hotel beach is spacious and you can relax and enjoy the views.

A great day comes to an end at ICPG

You can also enjoy the wonderful swimming pools. A few of them are huge.

PG pool area

It is so true what the hotel’s social media posts say:

We know there will be days when you want nothing more than to laze by the pool as the soft breeze rustles through the palms … or gaze out over the waters of the Red Sea, which sparkle in the unbroken warmth of the sun all year round.

Happy people in the big pool ICPG

And if you like a unique and enriching wellness experience, you will be thrilled with the award winning six senses spa at the hotel.

I also recommend warmly to try snorkeling or diving, which ever you prefer. This beach is great, because¬†you can actually snorkel and dive in right from¬†the beach. You don’t have to travel far, unless you want to.

In the harbour, there are boats, which take you out to the sea on diving trips. There are also seascope submarines.

PG harbour

Those who want to enjoy shopping, a cup of coffee or a nice dinner, can stroll to Port Ghalib harbour, which is a nice place.

PG harbour cafeteria

So, in a few words, what are you waiting for?

Make a reservation and go enjoy a perfect holiday!

PG beach seen from the sea

Egypt: Port Ghalib (best of the best)

Since I was a child, I have been dreaming of visiting the mysterious, beautiful and fabulous Egypt, the country I had only read about in books.

Finnish writer Mika Waltari wrote a historical novel. It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and has been translated to 40 languages. 

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Then there were all the pictures, postcards and movies of the great and mysterious pyramids and sfinks.¬†The¬†Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the¬†Sphinx, is a¬†limestone¬†statue¬†of a reclining or¬†couchant¬†sphinx¬†(a¬†mythical creature¬†with a¬†lion’s body and a human head) that stands on the¬†Giza Plateau¬†on the west bank of the¬†Nile¬†in¬†Giza,¬†Egypt.¬†

Great sphinx of Giza

Some years ago we found on Finnmatkat web pages information of a new destination РMarsa Alam. Close to the airport there are Coraya Bay and Port Ghalib. We visited Coraya Bay a few years ago. It was a great week.

Coraya Bay Egypt_Our beach_Sunny day

We decided to try Port Ghalib, due to the high class hotel and the amazing coral reefs right next to the marvellous and private sandy beach of The Palace Port Ghalib Resort. I fell in love with the hotel, the personnel, the interior, the food, the splendid service, the beach and the coral reefs. So did my husband. The colorful fish and amazing coral offer you new things to see each day. I have even seen a few sea turtles, swimming just five meters from me.

Sea turtle

The Picasso triggerfish is one of my favourites.

Picasso fish at PG Egypt_2

The yellow exquisite butterflyfish is another beautiful and exotic fish.

Chaetodon austriacus_The Blacktail Butterfly fish

This is ¬†a short¬†intro to the future stories and photos from the best place in Egypt –¬†¬†The Palace Port Ghalib Resort. If you enjoy kind and open people, sunny days, warm days, great beaches, snorkelling and diving, luxury hotels, relaxation, superb spas, fabulous food – travel right away to Marsa Alam.

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Egypt: Sunny Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh is one of the best areas in Egypt to visit, if you love sunny weather, the Red Sea, swimming, relaxing, snorkelling, diving, exotic trips to Bedouin camps and shopping.

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There is something for everyone. There are hotels  optimised for couples, for families and/or for those who love water sports.

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I recommend to check what you can find beneath the Red Sea surface. You do not need expensive diving courses and trips to far away coral reefs, which you can of course also enjoy. You can just rent or buy a mask and a snorkel and enjoy beautiful corals and colorful fish, close to the shore.

Sea turtles are rarely seen close to the shore. We did not see any in Sharm el-Sheikh. But we have seen a few sea turtles in Port Ghalib.

Sea turtle

Why not start a new hobby during your next vacation.

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In Sharm el-Sheikh you can enjoy the beach life. The hotel we stayed at had a private sandy beach with a coral reef right there. That is rare.

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Sunny and hot days can be enjoyed also during the winter time. We travelled to Sharm in January and the weather was perfect.

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One day we decided to check out the near by bazaar. It was said to be huge. A friendly taxi driver took us there in less than fifteen minutes.

Sharm El Sheikhin kaduilla

When we arrived at the bazaar, I was surprised. I had expected to see something different. I had imagined small stands in a row. This bazaar was a huge area, inside a beautifully built wall.

Sharm El Sheikhin basaarin edessä

The area in front of th wall was filled with taxis and buses, bringing tourists to this bazaar.

I loved the mountain view behind the bazaar area.

We strolled around the bazaar. The shops sold t-shirts, sandals, ornaments etc.

As we saw a small mall on the other side of the street, we decided to visit it. The sidewalk around the mall was super clean. We were looking for a book store and a coffee shop. We found both.

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We found a Red Sea diving book with ship wrecks. And a few nice shirts.

The hot sunny weather made us think about swimming and snorkelling. So we took a taxi back to the hotel and ran down to the fabulous beach.

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Back in the water! Guess who dived in first?

I think you would like Sharm el-Sheikh. We had a great sea view from our top floor room.

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If you prefer to swim in a pool, there are plenty of pools to choose from Рin most hotels. We like the big pools. The water was cold but so refreshing.

Sharm El Sheikh_Altaan vesi oli kylmää ja piristävää

Egypt: Hurghada

Our first visit to Egypt took us to Hurghada. A few friends had recommended the area. We wanted warm weather, sunshine and a hotel close to the Red Sea.¬† In January it can be 25¬įC. During our stay the temperature did not get quite this high, but we enjoyed warm weather during the day. During the night it was about 12¬įC.

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The vacation was great and the week was sunny.

Hurghada_Blue Lagoon beach

 

THE HOTEL

The Shedwan Garden Hotel has 4 stars.

Shedwan Garden Hotel Hurghada

Our first room situated outside the main building in a quickly built additional wing. The front door and the balcony door had a gap of a few inches between the floor and the door. The wind was strong, outside and also inside. The furniture was cheap and old. We decided to change rooms.

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Personal discussions with the personnel worked well. ¬†We got a room in the main building. We had to give up the wish of a balcony and partial sea view, but instead we got a real room, with great furniture, space and no wind inside ūüôā

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There were lots of cats around this hotel. I heard it is common in Hurghada. Hurghada_slight cat problem

The garden of the hotel was very nice. The personnel took good care of it. You could stroll through it during the evening and on your way to the beach.

Hurghada JH in the hotel back yard

THE BEACH

The beach of the hotel was OK. We had yet not found the amazing world of snorkelling and photographing underwater,  so the beach fulfilled our needs Рwe got to swim in the Red Sea.

Hurghada_Blue Lagoon beach

Hurghada_IH swimming in the lagoon_luxury boats in the background

There were no coral reefs close to the beach, but you could take a boat and travel to coral reefs and go scuba diving.

Hurghada seen from the beach

We saw some pedal boats and decided to try one. It was actually quite fun and sporty to pump the pedals in the high waves.

Hurghada beach_lets rent a paddle boat

Here are some great shots of the Blue Lagoon and Hurghada, seen from the sea.

Polkuveneellä laguunin ympäri

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It was nice to swim in the Blue Lagoon. The temperature was not too hot, but during the day it got warm and the water felt great on the hot skin.

JH tried the cold water

I recommend to¬†travel to Egypt and¬†to enjoy the country’s many beautiful places, beaches¬†and its many attractions.

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