History Of Safaga
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 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 centers, as special medical researches have proved the potential of attracting international tourism to Safaga.
Safaga was a merchant port for many years. The town has a small tourism industry, specializing in scuba diving. It was the host of the 1993 Red Sea World Windsurfing Championships.
Safaga is a rough-and-ready port town that keeps itself in existence through the export of phosphates from local mines. It’s also a major local terminal for the ferry to Saudi Arabia, and during the hajj, thousands of pilgrims from the Nile Valley embark here on their voyages to Mecca.
Despite the turquoise waters and the reefs that lie offshore, the town itself is an unattractive grid of ﬂyblown, litter-strewn streets. Unless you’re into windsurﬁng (which is top notch here) or diving and are staying at one of the beach hotels along the resort strip at the northern end of the bay, it’s not worth a stopover.
It’s a long town based around Sharia al Gomhuriyya, the main road running parallel to the waterfront. At the far northern end of town, near the roundabout with the large dolphin sculptures, a road branches northeast off Sharia al- Gomhuriyya leading to the northern resort strip.