Port Safaga, also known as Safaga (Arabic: سفاجاSafāja, IPA: [sæˈfæːɡæ]), is a town in Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea, located 53 km (33 mi) south of Hurghada. This small port is also a tourist area that consists of several bungalows and rest houses, including the Safaga Hotel, with a capacity of 48 rooms (126 beds).

Safaga

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Overview of Safaga
Safaga is located in Egypt
Safaga
Safaga
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 26°44′N 33°56′E / 26.733°N 33.933°E / 26.733; 33.933
Country Egypt
GovernorateRed Sea
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)

Having numerous phosphate mines, it is regarded as the phosphates export center. A paved road of 164 km (102 mi) connects Safaga to Qena of Upper Egypt.


HistoryEdit

The town was founded between 282 BC and 268 BC, by Satyrus (Ancient Greek: Σάτυρος).[1][2] It was called Philotera (Ancient Greek: Φιλωτέρα) in honor of the deceased sister of the Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus.[1] Stephanus of Byzantium write that it was also called Philoterida (Ancient Greek: Φιλωτερίδα).[2]

Safaga City is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centres, 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, specialising in scuba diving. It was the host of the 1993 Red Sea World Windsurfing Championships.

ClimateEdit

Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as hot desert (BWh),[3] as the rest of Egypt.

The highest record temperature was 46 °C (115 °F) on July 30, 2002, while the lowest record temperature was 0 °C (32 °F) on February 2, 1993.[4]

PortEdit

Safaga port is also a gateway for Duba port to some hajj pilgrims or travelers to Mecca, by ferries.

Climate data for Safaga
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33
(91)
34
(93)
38
(100)
42
(108)
43
(109)
46
(115)
46
(115)
44
(111)
43
(109)
43
(109)
35
(95)
34
(93)
46
(115)
Average high °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
22.7
(72.9)
26.1
(79.0)
28.1
(82.6)
31.7
(89.1)
33.8
(92.8)
34
(93)
34.4
(93.9)
32.3
(90.1)
30.2
(86.4)
27
(81)
23.4
(74.1)
28.8
(83.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 16.3
(61.3)
16.8
(62.2)
20.4
(68.7)
22.5
(72.5)
26.2
(79.2)
28.6
(83.5)
29
(84)
29.6
(85.3)
27.6
(81.7)
25.2
(77.4)
21.6
(70.9)
17.9
(64.2)
23.5
(74.2)
Average low °C (°F) 10.7
(51.3)
11
(52)
14.8
(58.6)
16.9
(62.4)
20.7
(69.3)
23.5
(74.3)
24.1
(75.4)
24.9
(76.8)
22.9
(73.2)
20.3
(68.5)
16.3
(61.3)
12.4
(54.3)
18.2
(64.8)
Record low °C (°F) 1
(34)
0
(32)
1
(34)
8
(46)
10
(50)
12
(54)
15
(59)
13
(55)
12
(54)
11
(52)
6
(43)
3
(37)
0
(32)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
0
(0)
2
(0)
Average rainy days 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mean daily sunshine hours 9 10 10 10 11 12 13 12 11 10 10 9 11
Source 1: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 18m),[3] Weather2Travel for rainy days and sunshine[5]
Source 2: Voodoo Skies for record temperatures[4]
Safaga mean sea temperature[5]
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
23 °C (73 °F) 22 °C (72 °F) 22 °C (72 °F) 23 °C (73 °F) 25 °C (77 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 24 °C (75 °F)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Strabo, Geography, §16.4.5
  2. ^ a b Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, §Ph666.16
  3. ^ a b "Climate: Port Safaga - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Safaga, Egypt". Voodoo Skies. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  5. ^ a b "Safaga Climate and Weather Averages, Egypt". Weather2Travel. Archived from the original on 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-01-15.

Coordinates: 26°44′N 33°56′E / 26.733°N 33.933°E / 26.733; 33.933