El Quseir, an old port city on the Red Sea, is ideal for divers who would prefer to avoid built-up Sharm el-Sheikh. There are sandy beaches, clear seas and coral reefs ideal for snorkelling and diving. The city itself is around 5,000 years old and was once one of the most important ports in Egypt. It has narrow streets lined with bazaars, colonial-era buildings and a recently restored fort. Other historic sites are within easy reach, such as a Roman quarry and the remains of a fifth-century gold-mining town.