Safaga

A quiet town with sand dune beaches
A gateway to the marvels of Luxor
The stupendous complex of the Karnak Temple

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Safaga

Following in the footsteps of the Pharaohs

Port Safaga (Bur Safaga in Arabic), where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, is a village on the Red Sea coast.

The town, whose economy is driven by the nearby phosphate mines, consists of a single windswept avenue running straight on, past concrete boxes with bold signs proclaiming their function.
Silos and cranes identify the port, which runs alongside (but remains out of bounds) for most of this distance. However, inland from Port Safaga, a shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages cruise can be the opportunity to discover Luxor and the overwhelming concentration of relics in the area.

A tourist mecca ever since Nile steamers began calling in the nineteenth century, visitors come to view the remains of Thebes, Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom capital, and its associated sites. The town itself boasts Luxor Temple, a graceful ornament to its waterfront and “downtown”, while a mile or so north is Karnak Temple, a stupendous complex built over 1,300 years. Across the river are the amazing tombs and mortuary temples of the Theban Necropolis, an attraction not to be missed on your holiday in Egypt.

In a town where tourism accounts for 85 per cent of the economy, it’s hardly surprising that you can’t move without being importuned to step inside a shop or rent a calèche, but once you get to know a few characters and begin to understand the score Luxor becomes a funky soap opera with a cast of thousands.

Luxor Temple stands aloof in the heart of town, ennobling the view from the waterfront and Midan el-Haggag with its grand colonnades and pylons.

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Tijekom kolonijalnog razdoblja, Napoleon i Britanci otuđili su egipatska blaga kako bi napunili svoje nacionalne muzeje, preotimajući tako mali broj turista koji se na kraju pretvorio u pravu poplavu onih koji dolaze na krstarenja Nilom ili pak predavanja o egiptologiji poduzetnog Thomasa Cooka. Danas krstarenje Egiptom obuhvaća ne samo spomenike doline Nila i soukove, džamije i madrase islamskog Kaira, već i fantastične koraljne grebene, tropske ribe, dine, drevne tvrđave, samostane i pretpovijesnu kamenu umjetnost. Sama zemlja je dar prirode, s rijekom Nil kao izvorom života.
 
Od sudanske granice do obala Mediterana, dolina Nila i njegova delta okruženi su pustoši koja je potpuno prazna u usporedbi s Nilom koji vrvi ljudima. Ova izražena dvojnost između plodnosti i pustoši osnova je egipatskog karaktera te je utjecala na njegov razvoj još od prapovijesti, dajući kontinuitet različitim kulturama i stanovnicima više od sedam tisućljeća. Iako većina turista putuje u Egipat zbog spomenika, njegovi stanovnici i način života će se vjerojatno više urezati u memoriju.