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Safaga, Egypt

Safaga, Egypt
Region: Africa
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Located on the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt, Safaga (a.k.a. Bur Safaga and Port Safaga) is a small marine port and important therapeutic tourist centre. Safaga’s unpolluted atmosphere, black sand-dunes and mineral springs make it an attractive destination for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Its year round thermal winds, high temperatures, and choppy waters make it an attractive traveling destination for passionate windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Here are the main bits and pieces you need to know about should you decide to go to Safaga to windsurf and/or kiteboard:

Wind
As mentioned above, Safaga gets thermal winds all year round. A few months stand out as being the windiest though. These months are March, April, May, June, July, August, September and November. During this 8 months period the wind reaches speeds between Force 4 and Force 7.

The wind in Safaga blows offshore then cross shore from the left; in the morning it’s cross offshore but from lunchtime onwards it goes side shore. The wind is generated by the temperature difference between Cairo and Luxor.

Novice riders will enjoy the light morning winds while the advanced riders will enjoy the afternoon breeze which is ideal for jibbers and freestylers.

Climate
In summer temperatures average 27°C to 32°C (80°F to 90°F) while in the winter they average 13°C to 21°C (55°F to 70°F).

Water
The water in Safaga is always a bit choppy; this destination does not have pure flat water. Depending on the wind strength, Safaga can get some pretty decent waves.

Safaga is a very safe place to ride. There are no hazards to put you off having some fun on the water.

Other useful information
The Club Mistral windsurfing centre in Safaga offers instruction and rents gear. This is the oldest and largest Club Mistral windsurfing centre in the world.

Finding a place to stay should not be a problem since there are several hotels along the beach. Finding food should not be a problem either; there are a few restaurants in Safaga and several others in Hurghada. At dinnertime you can do what every other windsurfer does and just eat in the hotel.

There’s no nightlife in Safaga; if you’re after the nightlife you need to go to Hurghada. 

Other outdoor activities
You go snorkeling, play golf, or you can take an excursion to Luxor when you want to take a break from windsurfing/kiteboarding.