Three days in Hurghada allow you to experience the natural wonders and adventures of the Red Sea, enjoy the city’s attractions, and discover the surrounding desert. You’ll also have time to venture farther afield, with trips to Cairo or Luxor. Here’s how.
Egypt’s rare porphyry was highly valued by the ancient Romans, and this former Roman quarry—once a thriving settlement of houses, temples, and workshops—was mined for its precious purple and white crystalline stone, used to decorate columns, sarcophagi, and temples. Relics and ruins of this activity remain at this archaeological site.
Via Porphyrites, Hurghada, 84511
Most visitors to Mons Porphyrites visit on a guided day trip from Hurghada. While not much remains standing from the original quarry town, the ruined remains of encampments, temples, and workshops testify to the quarry’s past. It’s possible to combine a visit to the porphyry quarry with a stop at nearby Mons Claudianus, where the Romans once sourced rare black granite used to carve the pillars of Rome’s Pantheon.
Things to know before you go
*Mons Porphyrites is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, archaeology, and geology. *Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces. *Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
How to get there
The Mons Porphyrites quarries are 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Hurghada. The best way to visit is by organized tour.
When to get there
Warm temperatures throughout the year mean there isn’t really a bad time to visit the quarry. Shade can be hard to come by, so arrive early in the morning in July and August, when temperatures tend to be hot and humid.
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