Taba, the border town between Egypt and Israel, well known for its picturesque bays and coves, offers some of the most spectacular coastal landscapes in the Red Sea. Recently, and with the opening of an international airport hosting direct charter flights from Europe, Taba's coastline has experienced a growth spurt and is now home to a number of leading international hotel chains, and is fast becoming one of the most sough-after destinations in the Red Sea Riviera and a favourite holiday spot.
One of Taba's main attractions, Pharaoh’s Island, is simply breathtaking. The small island, surrounded by the outstanding blue and turquoise waters of the Red Sea, was once a Phoenician port, later occupied by Crusaders and then taken under control by Sultan Salah El Din. The island and the castle remain intact. The reef around the island is popular with snorkellers and divers alike.
It currently has very good restaurants and beach cafés, and the border with Israel can be crossed on foot, with bus service into Eilat. Taba was once a rest town for traders using the caravan route to the fort of Aqaba, today is mainly a dream for tourists.
Approx 5 hours.