Soma Bay, Egypt - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Soma Bay

A purpose-built resort only 28 miles (45km) from Hurghada Airport, Soma Bay is filled with everything you could want in a beach holiday: sun, sea and sand! The resorts offer many activities, including snorkelling and scuba diving, golf, kitesurfing, sailing and several well-regarded spas specialising in thalassotherapy (seawater) treatments. Outside of the five major resorts however, which are the centre of dining and nightlife as well, there are few attractions in Soma Bay. The city boasts no real cultural or historic attractions, though the impressive antiquities of Luxor are a three-hour drive away.

Arabic is the official language although English and French are widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas.

The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Visitors are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds to avoid additional exchange rate charges. Banks are usually closed on Friday and Saturday, but private exchange bureaux, called 'Forex', are open daily and banks in major hotels are open 24 hours. Cairo branches of the Egyptian British Bank and Banque Misr now have ATMs available that accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus and are quite common in the main tourist areas.

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