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Al-Nayzak natural preserve at Marsa Alam, Red Sea Governate - Egypt

A set a three-hour drive south of Hurghada or 20 minutes from Port Ghalib, several kilometers pass the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam you will find Al Nayzak, a naturally but unusually formed rock pool that could be described as out of this world. There is a reason behind this unique and impossible to recreate scenery.



A few kilometers drive through a rocky terrain after turning off the main road, your eyes will meet not only the shimmering sea waves but a very scenic view. Called by the locals the Shooting Star, it is a natural pool made of a unique rock formation which is believed to have been shaped by a meteorite hitting the coast. While proving the origins and its timing could be a task for the scientific, the place certainly qualifies as a star amongst the scenic places along the Red Sea and has become a popular summer beach stop for those who like to go beyond the usual locations.


The pool, several meters in diameter, is shaped like an eye filled with the turquoise blue waters of the Red Sea. It is a truly scenic spot which provides an otherworldly background that will add to any summer picture collection.


Marsa Alam is situated around 700 kilometers south of Cairo and can be reached by car, bus or domestic flight. While flying is the fastest way, travelling by land has the benefit of giving you a beautiful and soothing coastal view. Al Nayzak is an amazing place worth the travel and certainly not to be missed by those who already holiday at the nearby summer resorts of Marsa Alam.

Copyright: Mohamed Attef
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12000x6000
Taken: 19/03/2019
Uploaded: 01/06/2023


More About Egypt

Egypt ; Arabic: مصر‎, Miṣr or Máṣr) is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Western Asia. Covering an area of about 1,010,000 square kilometers (390,000 sq mi), Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 82 million live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable agricultural land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with the majority spread across the densely-populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx. The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural nation of the Middle East.

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