What's the weather like in Marsa Alam in August?
August is one of the hottest times of the year to visit Marsa Alam, a resort on the shore of the Red Sea in Egypt. During this month, the resort enjoys weather similar to El Gouna, with temperatures rising up to a scorching 35°C in the afternoon. The evenings cool down to a pleasant 26°C after sunset. Both temperatures are the annual highsa href="http://www.holiday-weather.com/marsa_alam/averages/july">July has similarly hot temperatures. The end of July and the beginning of August is historically the hottest time of the year, after which the temperatures start to fall very slowly. In the course of August, the average highs and lows decrease by about 1 degree each.
The average temperature during this month is 31°C, which is also the annual maximum and only slightly warmer than the average sea temperature of 30°C. This is as warm as the Red Sea ever gets, a bath-like temperature that is warm enough not to offer any real refuge from the blazingly hot afternoon temperatures. Make sure to bring a hat or parasol and slop on plenty of sun cream if you want to hit the beach this time of year. Approximately 80% of the days in August are considered to be hot; 20% are classified as warm.
Just like the previous few months, August is bone-dry in the resort. There is no precipitation at all; no days with rainfall and a total amount of precipitation of 0mm.
The day length decreases slowly but steadily in the course of the month. With 13.18 hours of daylight, August 1 is the longest day of the month, while August 31 is the shortest day with 12.39 daylight hours. Cloud cover increases significantly throughout August, from 40% in the beginning of the month to 66% toward the end. Incidentally, 66% is the annual maximum percentage of cloud cover. This means that in August the skies are partly cloudy, but never overcast.
Hotels in Marsa Alam in August
When it comes to accommodation, Dreams Beach Marsa Alam is a good choice. This enormous resort complex takes up no less than 360,000m² and has a private beach of 600 metres long. There are 230 rooms, all equipped with satellite TV, a private balcony or terrace, a bathroom, a mini bar and air-conditioning. There is a huge variety in dining options in this exquisite resorthe Tropicana Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet-style; Pizzeria Fantasia is the place for a snack and a hot or cold beverage; Italian specialties can be enjoyed at Ciao Ciao; and Noah's Ark is where you need to be for excellent seafood. Amenities for leisure and entertainment are plentiful as well, including an amphitheatre, a full-service spa, a nightclub, sports fields and courts, a dive centre, water slides and a children's playground.
Beaches in Marsa Alam in August
Abu Dabbab Bay
The beach in Abu Dabbab Bay is always filled with sun lovers. This is one of the greatest places to sunbathe and swim in the entire Marsa Alam region. To visit the beach, however, you need to pay an entrance feehis is to limit the number of daily visitors to the beach. After paying the fee, you can use the beach's sunbeds and parasols, while snacks and beverages can be purchased at a small snack bar. On Thursday nights, the beach draws in party-goers that come to the weekly party at the Abu Dabbab beach bar.
Bars and Restaurants
Sultan Restaurant and Cafe
The Sultan Restaurant and Café in Port Ghalib is one of the top-rated dining venues in the area. This fine restaurant serves oriental food in a vibrant oriental atmosphere. Open from breakfast to after midnight, the Sultan Restaurant also offers the chance to smoke shisha pipes and to enjoy live music and sing your lungs out on karaoke nights.
Things to do in Marsa Alam in August
Valley of the Camels
If you feel like exploring the surrounding area, sign up for a Valley of the Camels excursion. On this trip you will be picked up from your hotel before driving through the Red Sea Mountains on a quad bike to reach the Valley of the Camels. You will then climb onto the back of a camel and ride on your trusty steed for the rest of your journey. You will have the chance to try some traditional coffee and camel cheese while hearing all about the history of the area from experienced guides.
One of the most surprising attractions inthe Marsa Alam area is Port Ghalib, a town that only twenty years ago was a coastal stretch of deserted desert. A billionaire from Kuwait then decided to invest 2 billion dollars, about one-fifth of his wealth, into the development of this small area. It is now on its way to become the largest tourist complex and marina on the Red Sea coast. The resort town of Port Ghalib now stretches out across eighteen kilometres of coastline and is a place to go relax on the beaches, stay in luxurious hotels, shop in more than 150 retail stores, or party the night away in nightclubs and bars. The Port Ghalib marina can host no less than 1,000 boats.