The Middle East is not the first place you think of when you talk about resort towns. But you’ll be surprised to know some of the best resort towns in the world are located here. You’ll never want to leave after experiencing the beauty and hospitality of these towns.
5 Best Resort Towns in the Middle East
From coral paradise to picture-perfect beaches, here are some of the best resort towns around the Middle East
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm el-Sheikh is Egypt’s most famous and popular resort town. It’s known for its, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral reefs. This attractive town’s promenade is lined with stunning luxury resorts, hotels, and restaurants that will leave your jaw on the floor.
Sharm el-Sheikh’s beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life attracts thousands of avid divers and snorkelers every year. Besides exploring the deep blue sea, you can spend the day at the beach, explore Old Town, or even go hiking on Mount Sinai.
Oludeniz is a resort town in Turkey famous for its strikingly blue lagoon. Sandwiched between the Babadağ mountain and the sea, this resort village attracts people from all over the world who are keen to vacay in an idyllic beach town.
Oludeniz is a paraglider’s paradise. The mountains here serve as a gateway to Turkey’s best paragliding hotspots. Nearby the town is the Butterfly Valley, a nature reserve that plays host to millions of migrating butterflies every year. You can also rent a boat and go out into the open sea for some time away from the crowd and have a relaxing day.
Larnaca or Larnaka is a buzzing city on the south coast of Cyprus, a country famous for its hospitality and relaxing atmosphere. This picturesque city is built on top of an ancient city. So expect to see a lot of ruins around the city besides its sandy beaches and crystal waters.
Larnaca is home to the famous diving site, the shipwrecked MS Zenobia. The city also has a variety of attractions inland such as Larnaca Castle, the Church of Saint Lazarus, and Hala Sultan Tekke. The historic attractions and the stunning coastline surrounded by palm trees are sure to keep you in awe.
Jordan’s Aqaba City is located on the shores of the Red Sea. The city is one of Jordan’s most popular resort towns. It offers an amazing marine life experience that is unlike any other in the world. Its pristine warm waters and coral reefs make it a great place for scuba diving, snorkeling, and a variety of watersports.
Aqaba is also home to the famous 14thcentruy Aqaba Fort. A short walk away from all the hustle and bustle of the beach life is the Old City of Aqaba. This part of the city offers a glimpse into the city’s history with its souk and cafes. For bird lovers, Aqaba is a great place for birdwatching. The beaches here act as a layover for migratory birds from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
If you want to witness the first sunrise in the Middle East, make your way to the ancient city of Sur in Oman. It is the easternmost city in the Middle East. This quiet, peaceful beach town is famous for its dhow-building or shipbuilding and its history.
The city has a number of beautiful beaches which are contrasted with traditional buildings. This view is enough to mesmerize visitors. It is also home to a few ancient monuments like the impressive lighthouse, a few historical forts like al Ayjah Fort, Sunaysilah Fort, and a nature reserve for turtles.