A traveller’s guide to the Red Sea
Located between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea is a remarkable body of water connecting cultures and ancient tales. Bordered by magnificent shorelines and resort towns, the surrounding area is a relaxing haven for those seeking escapism. Home to some of the world’s warmest and saltiest seawater, the Red Sea offers snorkelers and nature enthusiasts insight into a thriving, technicolour coral reef world.
History and archaeology buffs can also rejoice at the chance of uncovering the infinite number of ancient monuments and historic relics. Trace a diverse past of incredible stories, spanning from the rule of Alexander the Great and the footsteps of Christ to the reign of the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Egyptian gods.
Where should I visit?
Uncover the very best destinations along the Red Sea on a trip with Emerald Yacht Cruises.
Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba is the gateway to the Wadi Rum desert. Gaze in awe as the sun sets over the red sand dunes for an ethereal experience and taste tea amongst friendly locals at Palm Beach. Visit Mamluk Castle, the site of one of the First World War’s most famous battles and explore the Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque, an architectural vision and place of worship.
Bordered by Galilee, Haifa is northern Israel’s largest city. Take a cable car to the summit of Mount Carmel for exquisite views of the bay, or visit one of the city’s many museums, outdoor gardens, religious monuments or historic attractions.
Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, the sandy beaches and coral reefs of Sharm el-Sheikh offer so much. Explore the wrecks of Thistlegorm on diving trips, enjoy sea views and swims at its many bays and peruse the Sharm Old Market, alive with vibrant stalls and surrounded by restaurants and cafés.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit the Red Sea is between June to September, during the peak of summer. Despite the allure of warmer weather, temperatures on the coast are much cooler during summer’s peak. Temperatures range from 30° to 45° and the water is much warmer around this time too, making it perfect for water based activities. Winter is still warm with temperatures ranging from 20° to 25° but best to avoid the water as it can get quite cold.
Sail away with Emerald Yacht Cruises
Introducing Emerald Yacht Cruises, Emerald Waterways sister brand. With a relaxed, easy-going vibe, Emerald Yacht Cruises offers small port yacht cruising in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Red Seas. With so much beauty to uncover on your cruise, Emerald Yacht Cruises have made sure you’ll see the very best of every location you visit. Adventure abounds on the included excursions, while free time to do your own thing encourages you to head off the beaten track.
Life aboard Emerald Azzurra
Reaching an impressive 110 metres in length, Emerald Azzurra will exceed your yacht cruising expectations. And with an intimate 100 guests on board, there’s an abundance of space throughout.
Discover a secluded spot to read a book, enjoy unimpeded views of the unspoilt landscapes, take a relaxing dip in the infinity-style pool or arrange to meet fellow guests at one of the comfortable meeting spots. Whatever you choose to do with your time on board, you’ll come away feeling enriched, relaxed and rejuvenated.