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PORT SAFAGA, also known as SAFAGA (Egyptian Arabic : سفاجا‎‎ Safāga, IPA: ), is a town in Egypt
Egypt
, on the coast of the Red Sea
Red Sea
, located 53 km (33 mi) south of Hurghada . This small port is also a tourist area that consists of several bungalows and rest houses, including the Safaga Hotel, with a capacity of 48 rooms (126 beds).

Having numerous phosphate mines, it is regarded as the phosphates export center. A paved road of 164 km (102 mi) connects Safaga to Qena of Upper Egypt
Egypt
.

This port is also a gateway for Duba port to some pilgrims or travelers to Arabia
Arabia
, by ferries .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Overview * 3 Climate * 4 References

HISTORY

Safaga was a marine port connected by a regular cruise shuttle service line. The port town was founded between 282 BC and 268 BC, originally called PHILOTERA (Φιλοτέρα) by the Greek Egyptian Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus , who named the town in honor of his deceased sister. Safaga City is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centres, as special medical researches have proved the potential of attracting international tourism to Safaga.

OVERVIEW

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The resort is known for its unpolluted atmosphere, black sand-dunes and mineral springs which have acquired specific characteristics for remedy of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

Safaga has a small but thriving tourism industry, specialising in scuba diving .

Safaga was a merchant port for many years; now the town, with its wide azure bay, long sandy beaches and pretty islands, is a favourite sports destination in the Red Sea
Red Sea
Riviera . Safaga is especially popular among kitesurfers and windsurfers , and was the host of the 1993 Red Sea
Red Sea
World Windsurfing Championships. At 53 km (33 mi) south of Hurghada, Safaga acquires its unique character from both its port and the small surrounding village. A holiday in Safaga is mainly about watersports and sightseeing, with little nightlife around, except for some beach parties organised by the local divers and surfers.

The black sand dune beaches characteristic of Safaga are a favourite spot for sun bathers. The sea water is highly saline and rich in minerals which are beneficial for the skin, and it is a popular curative destination in the Red Sea
Red Sea
Riviera.

Safaga is also home to some of the most outstanding diving of the Red Sea, with the bay’s chain reefs of Tobia Arbaa, and the impressive walls of Panorama and Abu Qifan towering reefs, where often big pelagics such as tunas , sharks and mantas can be spotted.

Safaga is also a good starting point for a day trip into the Eastern Desert to check out the granite quarries of Mons Claudianus , or to the sights of Luxor
Luxor
, one of the most impressive sights of Egypt, only 220 km (140 mi) away.

CLIMATE

Köppen-Geiger climate classification system
Köppen-Geiger climate classification system
classifies its climate as hot desert (BWh), as the rest of Egypt
Egypt
.

The highest record temperature was 46 °C (115 °F) on July 30, 2002, while the lowest record temperature was 0 °C (32 °F) on February 2, 1993.

CLIMATE DATA FOR SAFAGA

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 33 (91) 34 (93) 38 (100) 42 (108) 43 (109) 46 (115) 46 (115) 44 (111) 43 (109) 43 (109) 35 (95) 34 (93) 46 (115)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 21.9 (71.4) 22.7 (72.9) 26.1 (79) 28.1 (82.6) 31.7 (89.1) 33.8 (92.8) 34 (93) 34.4 (93.9) 32.3 (90.1) 30.2 (86.4) 27 (81) 23.4 (74.1) 28.8 (83.86)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 16.3 (61.3) 16.8 (62.2) 20.4 (68.7) 22.5 (72.5) 26.2 (79.2) 28.6 (83.5) 29 (84) 29.6 (85.3) 27.6 (81.7) 25.2 (77.4) 21.6 (70.9) 17.9 (64.2) 23.48 (74.24)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 10.7 (51.3) 11 (52) 14.8 (58.6) 16.9 (62.4) 20.7 (69.3) 23.5 (74.3) 24.1 (75.4) 24.9 (76.8) 22.9 (73.2) 20.3 (68.5) 16.3 (61.3) 12.4 (54.3) 18.21 (64.78)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) 1 (34) 0 (32) 1 (34) 8 (46) 10 (50) 12 (54) 15 (59) 13 (55) 12 (54) 11 (52) 6 (43) 3 (37) 0 (32)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.04) 1 (0.04) 0 (0) 2 (0.08)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

MEAN DAILY SUNSHINE HOURS 9 10 10 10 11 12 13 12 11 10 10 9 10.6

Source #1: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 18m), Weather2Travel for rainy days and sunshine

Source #2: Voodoo Skies for record temperatures

Safaga mean sea temperature JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

23 °C (73 °F) 22 °C (72 °F) 22 °C (72 °F) 23 °C (73 °F) 25 °C (77 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 24 °C (75 °F)

REFERENCES

* ^ A B "Climate: Port Safaga - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. * ^ A B "Safaga, Egypt". Voodoo Skies. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-15. * ^ A B " Safaga Climate and Weather Averages, Egypt". Weather2Travel. Archived from the original on 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-01-15.

Coordinates : 26°44′N 33°56′E / 26.733°N 33.933°E / 26.733; 33.933

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